May 21, 2018
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ClickBack on Libya


International strife is again featured among ClickBack’s questions. We seek editorial page reader comments on the U.N. no-fly zone, Gov. LePage’s plan to restore the deer herd, the state treasurer’s proposal to put all bonding before voters, and predictions about the Plum Creek development. To participate, visit and click on the Opinion page.

Will the U.S. bear the brunt of enforcing the U.N. no-fly zone in Libya?

Some foreign policy experts cautioned that the U.S. should not take up the cause of rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, arguing that if the government is toppled, the U.S. will be bound to help rebuild the country and ensure it does not descend into chaos or that a more repressive regime takes over. Others believe the U.S. had a moral obligation to support the rebels. Now that the U.N. has resolved to enforce a no-fly zone, do you think the U.S. is on the hook for much of the cost? Will U.S. troops be killed in this effort? Should their lives be on the line? Is this an opportunity for the U.N. and U.S. to reshape the Middle East?

Should all bond funding go to voters?

State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin wants many of the state’s agencies — even those not strictly tied to state government — to leave approval of their bond borrowing to him, and then if he agrees, to voters. Opponents say hospital expansions, college loan repayment and low-income housing  programs and other nonprofit endeavors that rely on bonds will grind to a halt at best, or be shot down by voters who will not see any benefit to themselves. Is a change needed?

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