Articles by The BDN Editorial Board

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Three Republicans stopped a methane rule rollback. They must continue to buck Trump.

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 13, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
The methane rule shows the value of strong-willed Republicans willing to rein in a dangerous president and administration.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

It’s not surprising LePage is upset about a welfare bill that actually helps poor people

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 12, 2017, at 11:36 a.m.
Maine’s poorest children deserve policies that actually aim to help them, not policies that penalize their parents for being poor.
Stephanie Desrochers is a community work incentive coordinator at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

To employ more people, Maine should boost this little-known endeavor

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 09, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
We acknowledge that, given the situation in Congress, it is unrealistic to expect more funding. But if federal and state leaders truly believe that people with disabilities can work, then this program should not be a little-known resource with an insufficient number of staff members tasked with helping a population numbering in the tens of thousands.
U.S. President Donald Trump appears on stage at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017.

Trump’s first 100 days are good for him but bad for Americans

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 01, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
It is no wonder that Trump thinks his tenure as president has been successful. Financially, for him and his family, it has been. For the American people, however, it has been a disaster of false promises to help the working class accompanied by real threats to our environment, health and security.

Maine should make this move to shrink the next generation of smokers

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 29, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Too many people in Maine still smoke. That means too many Maine people see their health decline because of tobacco, and many eventually see their lives cut short.
A cross-country skier passes Mount Katahdin while on a trail in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in February.

LePage’s continued monument opposition jeopardizes Katahdin region’s progress

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
This development and a sense of hope in the Katahdin region are in jeopardy as the president and our governor cast unneeded and harmful doubt on the future of Maine’s national monument.
Sam Portera and Brandon Hosford, both alumni of the Upward Bound college readiness program, prepare packages of letters from program alumni and their parents destined to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Department of Education declined to consider the University of Maine Presque Isle's renewal grant application due to a formatting error, but supporters and Maine's congressional delegation are hoping to convince the agency to reconsider.

Formatting error shouldn’t jeopardize college education for low-income students

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Vindictive. That’s the only way to describe an absurd Department of Education decision to reject dozens of schools’ Upward Bound funding applications because of small formatting errors.
Medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone therapy, is effective and saves money and reduces crime, studies have shown.

Here’s the economic case for supporting addiction treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 26, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
Talking tough about drugs and addiction may sound good, but it is less effective than devoting resources to treatment.
The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill, as seen from the town cemetery.

Why Maine should stop ignoring the growing number of men missing from work

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 25, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
It’s no secret that Maine is short on workers. But there’s a reserve of potential workers that few people talk or even know about.
Alba Albisurez hugs her baby, who was born at 7 months, during the "Kangaroo Mothers" program in the maternity ward of the Roosevelt hospital in Guatemala City October 29, 2012. The 19-day program, known as "Madres Canguro", is a method where mothers are trained to breastfeed and hold their premature babies near their chest as the body-to-body contact reduces infant mortality in preterm infants.

Lawmakers are on the right track to understanding Maine’s growing number of infant deaths

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 24, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
The Maine Legislature can prove its worth and make a couple simple changes to ensure the panel can do its important work.
Justin Paulin learns how to drive a tractor trailer truck.

Here’s a way for Maine people to escape poverty. It deserves the commitment of state leaders.

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 22, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
The job training system in Maine is not being used to its fullest potential. There are a number of reasons why.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Trump actions are cause for alarm on Earth Day

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 21, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
On Earth Day most years, we can celebrate the progress that has been made cleaning up our waters and clearing our air. This year is different. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the country’s environmental policies.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan addresses the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

If the GOP succeeds in changing health care, Maine’s state budget is another loser

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 20, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
If a cap on Medicaid funding became law, Maine’s state budget would be among the losers.
Low- and moderate-income families can qualify for state-funded vouchers to help them defray the cost of child care, but it has become increasingly difficult in recent years for an eligible family to use this assistance.

Here’s an easy way for Maine to solve its child care problem

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 19, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
It has become more difficult over the past decade for a low-income, working family in Maine to find affordable child care.
Property tax rates in Maine rose by more than 25 percent between 2005 and 2015.

Democrats’ budget plan offers lawmakers a chance to show voters they’re listening

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 18, 2017, at 7:12 a.m.
If there’s one message to take from November’s vote in favor of Question 2, it’s that voters have had enough in recent years of the state shifting costs to local governments, which have in turn had to raise property taxes. Lawmakers should heed this message.
Fewer than half of residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for arsenic. The Legislature is considering several bills to increase testing.

If you have well water, get it tested for arsenic

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 17, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Fewer than half of the residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for the presence of arsenic. This puts the health of many Maine residents at risk.
"The Minute Man" statue by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Mass., which depicts Isaac Davis, a gunsmith and militia officer who commanded a company of Minutemen from Acton, Mass., during the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Patriots Day and the forgotten Dawes

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 15, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
William Dawes is largely unknown to most Americans. So, how about three cheers for Dawes on this Patriots Day?
Asked for the top item on his wish list for fighting Maine's opiate addiction crisis at a recent meeting, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuk said, "Medicaid expansion."

Maine’s addiction task force needs to act fast, emphasize treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 14, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Greater access to medication-assisted treatment is what Maine will need to overcome the current crisis.
Abdi Ali

Instead of trying to pardon a dog, LePage could actually help a human being

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 13, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
The punishment of being removed from his home and family and sent to a country that is unfamiliar and where he will be in danger does not fit Ali’s misdemeanor crimes.
Gavin Grimm

Transgender student’s court battle about ‘human rights,’ not bathrooms

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 12, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
“G.G.’s case is about much more than bathrooms. It’s about a boy asking his school to treat him just like any other boy.”