July 10, 1994 |
Dark-bottomed clouds float in to cover the early morning sun as late breakfasters linger in the dining room of Castle Island Camps. A fisherman carries a rod and gas tank to the boat landing, preparing to shove off into Long Pond. The pond, stretching on both sides of the camps, epitomizes the tree-lined serenity of the surrounding Belgrade Lakes region. But there is an uneasiness these days in the wake of a statewide public health advisory warning of mercury contamination.
February 6, 2012 |
Fluoride is a natural mineral with an unnatural ability to stir controversy. On the Internet, the cavity fighter is often portrayed as a grave threat to health. Various sites call it "a deadly poison" and "an invisible killer" - the sort of thing you'd want to avoid if you had any choice. Most toothpastes contain fluoride, but people who prefer to brush without the additive have plenty of options. Tom's of Maine, a health and beauty company based in Kennebunk, sells several varieties of fluoride-free pastes.
March 30, 2008 |
When harvest time rolls around in Maine, 10,000 to 12,000 migrant farmworkers and their families come to the state to harvest wild blueberries and cranberries, pick apples and cut broccoli. Others tend chickens, work in the forests and help grow Christmas trees. The workers who travel from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Canada play a key role in keeping Maine-grown food on the supper table at a reasonable cost. Their unsung role is documented and celebrated in an exhibit of photos and comments that will migrate from Augusta to Boston and back to Maine in the weeks ahead.
November 4, 2001 |
A campaign to make Maine the first state with universal health care faces an important test of public opinion next week amid a TV ad blitz waged against the idea by the insurance industry. A nonbinding resolution on Tuesday's ballot in Portland calls on the city to encourage government-run health care for everyone. Maine already has experimented with ways to cut health care costs and expand coverage.
July 15, 1999 |
Senators were shouting. Senators were waving their arms. Yet the casual listener to the floor debate on giving more leverage to patients in dealing with their managed health-care plans could get the impression that the two parties are extremely close. Lawmakers are due to finish work on the bill today. On Wednesday, each side promised to protect women from being forced out of the hospital within a day of having a mastectomy. They both pledged more access to emergency rooms.
September 11, 1992 |
Not a single scholar has made the slightest effort to prove the existence of Isosceles, a conjectural figure from antiquity who, if myth is to be given any credence, worked as both mathematician and cook in Sicily when the island was still a Greek colony. This ancient chef's reputation as a mathematician may (or may not) have arisen from his habit of counting beans.