Articles by The BDN Editorial Board

 
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Presque Isle fans cheer on their team during their 2015 Eastern Maine basketball championship tournament game against Gardiner at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Tourney time brings out best in Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
Maine can be tough and cold and lean. But it’s worth savoring the special qualities of life here that make it all worthwhile.
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The Bangor Area Recovery Network holds a Circle of Caring challenge event in honor people affected by opioid abuse at Doyle Field in Brewer in this June 2016 file photo.

A border wall won’t stop heroin from coming to Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 17, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
If only the solution to save Maine lives was so simple.
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Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, November 7, 2016.

Russian investigation one of many Congress should undertake

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Questions about the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia have multiplied.
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U.S. Sen. Angus King helps unload a bus full of food at the Portland nonprofit Preble Street in this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo.

Lawmakers shouldn’t let ideology trump the needs of real people

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
State policies have increased the number of children in poverty, raised food insecurity in Maine, and grown the ranks of people without health insurance.
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Orono residents waiting to register to vote line a section of the indoor track at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center in Orono, Nov. 8, 2016.

Efforts to improve voting system’s ‘integrity’ aren’t solving any problems

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 14, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The biggest problem with elections in Maine and the United States is that not enough people vote. Some elections have turnout as low as 10 percent. Lawmakers should turn their attention to increasing turnout, not turning people away.
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The start of an approximate two-year long restructuring and renovation of the Maine Grains facility in Skowhegan will include a new farm to table cafe, local breweries, a retail store, cheese cave, farmers market, and of course the existing grain mill.

A small start for revitalizing rural Maine: ‘The belief that it is possible.’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 13, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Part of the challenge is to overcome the attitude of pessimism that can dominate conversations about rural Maine.
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Cutting food assistance doesn’t make hunger go away

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 11, 2017, at 7:27 a.m.
Food insecurity is on the decline in the United States. Not so in Maine.
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Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta Tuesday.

LePage is finally saying the right things about opiate addiction treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 10, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
“Too many people are dying,” LePage said during his State of the State address, before urging lawmakers to work with him to find solutions.
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Gov. Paul LePage

The irony of LePage’s welfare fraud priorities

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 09, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
The administration shouldn’t pick and choose who it disciplines for misusing funds.
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The number of students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches is increasing in Maine, as is the percentage of children in deep poverty.

Want to improve Maine’s future? Invest in our children

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 08, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
The percentage of children without health insurance has risen in Maine while it has dropped nationally.
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Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amid other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Jan. 29 in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "He needs a reality check," Marie McMonagle said.

Why we need to calm down about terrorism

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
Donald Trump is taking a page out of the Republican playbook to use the threat of terrorism to scare — and, therefore, try to control — Americans.
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A marijuana plant in Hermon.

How to improve Maine’s marijuana law

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 06, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Lawmakers are right to want to fully consider this change, including allowing the public to weigh in.
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A deer in Oxbow, Maine

Maine needs a leader to step up for rural communities

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 04, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
No one is focusing on rural communities in the most rural state in the U.S. Maine needs someone to lead a state rural development council to do just that.
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A children’s toy can be seen in the waiting room of Bangor Public Health and Community Services.

There’s a sad reason behind this emerging consensus in Augusta

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 03, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
While the nation’s infant mortality rate has generally been on a downward trend, the trend in Maine has gone in the opposite direction.
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Sen. Susan Collins

Collins sets right standard with opposition to DeVos

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
This vote, as all cabinet confirmation votes, should not be about partisan politics.
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Sen. Jeff Sessions

Will Sessions enforce Trump’s travel order? Senators must know before they vote.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 01, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage isn’t likely to strengthen Maine’s multicultural office. But there’s no better time for it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 31, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
There is an opportunity — and need — to finally empower the office that has been overseeing the refugee resettlement program.
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Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amidst other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Sunday in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The Trump administration’s weekend of affronts to America

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Many refugees are fleeing murderous regimes and ISIS.
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People vote at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Nov. 8, 2016.

Voter fraud investigations have already happened. They don’t support Trump’s assertions.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 28, 2017, at 9:47 a.m.
People who purport to have evidence of election fraud, such as Trump and Gov. Paul LePage, confuse voter lists with actual voter fraud.
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Sen. Susan Collins has co-authored a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Collins’ Obamacare replacement is a mixed bag, but at least it’s a starting point.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 27, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
Sens. Collins and Cassidy have opened the door to bipartisan discussions of what an ACA replacement plan could look like.