Lebanon & Israel: No Simple Answer to War on the Border

Published August 2006 in Lakes Region Weekly

Half a world away, the people of Qana in southern Lebanon are burying their dead: more than 50 civilians, most of them children. Israeli ground troops continue to push north to fight Hezbollah inside the border, and helicopters continue to search and destroy enemy targets.

Half a world away, the people of Haifa, Israel, near the Lebanon border, hide out in shelters listening to Hezbollah rockets explode in the streets.

Here in the Lakes Region, Tala Zilberman, a 22-year-old Israeli camp counselor at Center Day Camp in Windham, watches the news flashes every night, checks online for news reports in Hebrew and talks with family and friends in Israel.

Zilberman can’t help but think of the campers she cares for at Center Day Camp when she hears of the humanitarian crisis going on back home. When asked by the ever-inquisitive children at the camp about the war, she gives one reply, “It’s complicated…”

The Iraq War – Three Years and Counting

Published May 2006 in Lakes Region Weekly

It’s portrayed in scenes of violence, smoke and bloodshed.

On newsstands: Six dead, 20 wounded by a roadside bomb.

On television: Coalition forces continue to fight insurgents. Pundits and politicians fear civil war.

The Iraq War is brought home in breaking news flashes, tearful homecomings and body counts with experts forecasting political ramifications.

And as the war continues past the three-year anniversary of the fall of Baghdad and President Bush’s famous “Mission Accomplished” speech, some are calling for an end to the war and to bring the troops home.

Others say we must “stay the course” and believe a sudden withdrawal of troops would destabilize the region and lead to all-out civil war between Iraqi religious and ethnic sects.

Here in the Lakes Region, the voices for and against the war are diverse—from private citizens wanting an end to the violence and veterans who believe the Iraq War plays a crucial role in the war on terrorism to the personal stories of soldiers who have seen Iraq from the frontlines…

Pat LaMarche: Green Party Candidate for Governor

Published March 2006 in Lakes Region Weekly

While only a handful of voters met last Friday for Windham’s first Green Party caucus, it was nevertheless an historic occasion with gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche discussing her campaign for Governor and the opportunity Greens have to take a stand in local politics this November.

“We’re the fastest growing party in the country,” LaMarche, of Yarmouth, said of the Green Independent Party, a third party that won ballot status in Maine thanks to her first run for governor back in 1998. “We’re not right, we’re not left. We are out in front.”

LaMarche, a former journalist, educator and talk show host for WGAN, earned her place in U.S. history as vice presidential candidate in 2004 when she ran alongside Green presidential candidate David Cobb.

During their campaign, LaMarche and Cobb slept in homeless shelters across the nation to bring attention to poverty and helped support local Green legislative candidates in various cities and towns.

They would later contest the 2004 ballot count in Ohio where complaints of discarded ballots, broken voting machines and problems with polling locations brought President Bush’s victory in that state under scrutiny…

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‘The Governor': A Portrait of Candidate Philip Napier

Published February 2006 in Lakes Region Weekly

Philip Morris Napier – ex-convict, Windham recluse and civil rights advocate – may seem an unlikely candidate for Governor.

He’s not bankrolled by any party. No glitzy galas or press conferences announced his decision to run. By looks alone, he is not your typical suit-and-tie politician.

But there he is, day after day, with his long ponytail and wild wiry beard of red and gray trickling down to his overalls and flannel shirt. Seated behind a table splayed with blue petition forms, he’s all smiles and full of “howdys” as he greets visitors to the Windham Town Offices.

He entreats each person to sign, not as an endorsement, but to get him on the ballot in 2006.

“Just because you sign the signature doesn’t mean you support me,” Napier tells his potential supporters. “It just means I get to throw my hat in the ring…”