I’m One of Thousands who Left Maine and Hasn’t Returned

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I was born in Maine in 1990, making me 28 years old. I was raised in Maine, went to high school in Maine and love my home state.

As I packed my bags to head off to college in 2009, I was going to live outside of Maine for the first time in my life. I planned to spend four years away, then return (better educated) to live and work in the home I love.

That was the plan.

Almost a decade later, however, I still have not moved back.

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Government Does not Belong in the Marriage Business

A bible lays open displaying two wedding rings
Conner Drigotas | @CDrigs44

I recently officiated my younger brothers wedding.

It was a Southern Maine outdoor venue, and everything went perfectly. The ceremony solemnized their love and the union of two families. Everyone in attendance was happy… and the state of Maine was very happy too. You see, instead of sending a note of congratulations, the state of Maine sent an invoice — demanding a fee for the privilege of falling in love. My brother was required to pay $40.00 for the permission of the state to get married.

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Fixing Addiction From the Ground Up

Conner Drigotas | @CDrigs44

Chief Robert MacKenzie runs a police department in Kennebunk, Maine, a town of just over 11,000 citizens. It is a tourist town with a small, tight-knit community on the coast. His plans to fix the opioid crisis in America, however, are anything but small. Maine sits near the top of a notorious list. It’s ranked in the top ten for most opioid deaths in the country. In 2016, there were 301 opioid-related overdose deaths in Maine, a rate of 25.2 deaths per 100,000 persons, nearly double the national rate. Maine has struggled with drug and addiction problems for years, and the solutions have been slim and ineffective from the statehouse in Augusta.

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