The January 3rd Issue of The American

Inevitably, opinions on gun control that are heartfelt, strongly argued and totally at odds are emerging in the wake of the horrific shootings in Newtown, Conn. The NRA chief’s “call me crazy” suggestion that every school in the country have an armed guard is not universally regarded as crazy. Page 1.
Call us lucky that a rare signed volume by author Stephen King has been donated as a fund-raiser for the Emmaus Homeless Shelter’s fuel fund. Bids are being accepted now: read all about it.
We have a fond farewell to many Hancock County notables who died in 2012, as well as three pages of News and Sports photos of the year. Check ‘em out.
You’ll also find a survey of Hancock County legislators who are about to descend on Augusta to do the people’s work. Will the Democratic Legislature work in harmony with the Republican governor? Fingers crossed. page 1.
And there’s a new sheriff in town. They call him “The Chancellor” and he’s looking to clean up the system. The University of Maine System.
All this plus high school sports, the latest on the groundfishery, weddings and crime (separate pages), arts, courts and the annual letter from — not to — the editor.
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