FEATURED COLUMN by John McDonald: Maine politics can be funny

By John McDonald Ask some people, and they’ll tell you Maine has a strong two-party system. Ask other people the same question, and they’ll say,…

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FEATURE COLUMN by John McDonald: How Maine was made

By John McDonald A while back we wrote a column on icebergs and, surprisingly, that innocuous column still prompts emails from readers including this one…

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FEATURED COLUMN by John McDonald: Maine’s summer folks weigh in

By John McDonald When you write a weekly column in a state that has more than three million summer visitors a year, your e-mail volume…

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FEATURED COLUMN by John McDonald: Why we’re warmer in winter

By John MacDonald Here in Maine, our winters last so long and our summers are so short we don’t really know how to deal with…

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FEATURED COLUMN by John McDonald: Town meeting, democracy, oh my

By John McDonald The New England-style town meeting — originating in the 1600s — has been called the purest form of democracy. Having experienced more…

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FEATURE COLUMN by John McDonald: What should Mainers call folks from away?

By John McDonald What do we call visitors from away? Folks in Augusta want us to use “correct” phrasing like “summer visitors” to describe people…

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FEATURE COLUMN by John McDonald: The Maine yard sale king

By John McDonald I’ve written a lot over the years about Maine’s impressive Yard Sale Industry (YSI), but it didn’t occur to me until recently…

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FEATURE COLUMN by John McDonald: Surprising things can happen during the summer

By John McDonald During the summer, new readers often write to ask questions like “Where do you write from, John?” I could write something clever…

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FEATURE COLUMN by John McDonald: Taxes have always been taxing

By John McDonald I’m not sure, but I think it was Ben Franklin who said “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” For the past…

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GUEST COLUMN by John McDonald: We’re always on the move

By John McDonald To hear Europeans tell it, we Americans are always on the move, always ready to pack up and take off to see…

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