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Maine’s select boards have avoided the culture war disputes in today’s political landscape

Americans are living in a fraught era, where headlines abound about our politically polarized nation and where most folks have dwindling confidence in the federal government.

The polarization can be apparent on the local level, too, notably when activists fighting the culture wars have made a stink at Maine school board meetings about mask requirements, children’s books and other hot-button issues.

However, small town select boards and city councils seem to have avoided at least some of the vitriol. A recent query of midcoast elected officials reveals that roads and taxes still top the list of constituent concerns. And that even when residents get angry about decisions made or unspooling controversies in their communities, there is still often a chance to find common ground.

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