Articles by The BDN Editorial Board

 
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A sign at the reception desk at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

By insisting on photo IDs in infant nutrition program, LePage administration is thwarting its own goals

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
Rather than make a federally required change that could make public assistance accessible to more people, the LePage administration has dug in its heels.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2017.

Scott Pruitt is too far outside the range of acceptable cabinet nominees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:33 p.m.
Pruitt is so hostile to the EPA’s core mission that putting him in charge would move the United States dangerously backwards.
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Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
As we mark the 88th birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we should take a step away from our divisive politics and recall his defining speech delivered in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963.
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Officer Lori Marks demonstrates video visitation at the York County Jail.

Videoconferencing is no replacement for in-person visits for jail inmates

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
Allowing Maine jail inmates to interact with their families via video conferencing can be a great benefit. Using videos in place of in-person visits, however, is detrimental.
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with U.S.President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 4, 2017.

There’s a reasonable course of action on health care. Then, there’s the Republican agenda.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
With an early morning vote in the Senate on Thursday, Republicans are moving ahead with a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This puts Congress on the dangerous and inhumane path of ending health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
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Before you forgo ever buying another flannel shirt from the retailer, you might first consider that in 2015 L.L. Bean employed more than 5,000 year-round workers, many of them in Maine.

Want to punish Donald Trump? Boycotting L.L. Bean won’t help.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 11, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.
Spend your money where you wish; just make sure you understand the potential effect.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) meets with President-elect Donald Trump's Homeland Security Secretary nominee John Kelly at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 5.

Mitch McConnell should follow his own 8 standards for vetting cabinet nominees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 10, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
McConnell, a classic hypocrite, is wavering on the principles to which he was supposedly committed eight years ago.
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The Department of Homeland Security has said Maine driver’s licenses will not valid identification to board airplanes beginning next year unless Maine takes more steps to comply with Real ID.

Maine should move along with Real ID, even though the program is deeply flawed

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
if Maine does not move toward compliant licenses, residents could be barred from flights and military bases, including their health clinics.
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A row of lockers can be seen at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast in this September 2016 file photo.

The education push everyone knows Maine needs

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 07, 2017, at 10 a.m.
If Maine wants to prosper and grow, it needs to reduce that gap between rich and poor.
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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi speak following a meeting with President Barack Obama on congressional Republicans' effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

Repealing Obamacare is wrong. Republicans are even going about repeal the wrong way

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 06, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
Rather than fulfill a vendetta-driven political agenda, Republicans leaders should slow down and realize that an Obamacare repeal won’t just harm their constituents, but also their political futures.
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Pickering Square will undergo a redesign in 2017 in what would be among Bangor's most ambitious plans for 2017.

Bangor doesn’t need a parking lot in front of its public parking garage

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 05, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
Pickering Square has potential for even more public use.
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Kerri Wyman (left) assistant principal at the new Central Community Elementary School talks to students about where to find their classroom on the first day of school in Corinth.

School consolidation will take local examples, not just small financial incentives

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 04, 2017, at 12:31 p.m.
While LePage is right to be concerned about education spending, every superintendent in the state could be eliminated — which we don’t recommend, by the way — and it would not make much of a dent in the state’s school funding woes.
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Less than half the state's private drinking water wells are tested for arsenic, putting residents' health at risk.

Too few Maine residents test their water for arsenic. Education is key to changing that.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 03, 2017, at 12:23 p.m.
Editorial: New data released in October by the Environmental Health Strategies Center show that only 48 percent of private wells were tested for arsenic in 2014, so the state has a lot of work to do.
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Shoppers walk in downtown Bangor the day after Thanksgiving.

Making Bangor walkable will help residents, visitors — and homeowners, too

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 02, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
Bangor has added trails and sidewalks and improved crosswalks in recent years to make the city more accessible to walkers and bikers. But there remains much more the city can do to move its focus from vehicular traffic to self-powered transportation.
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An aerial view of Moosehead Lake from a Cessna 180 Skywagon float plane can be seen during the 43rd International Seaplane Fly-In in Greenville.

Rural Maine’s emerging leaders need a place where they can learn to lead

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 31, 2016, at 10 a.m.
The future of Maine depends in large part on the success of its rural areas that give Maine its unique character.
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Workers prepare the New Year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square in New York City on Monday.

It’s here again: Happy New Year

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 30, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Once again, just like clockwork, here comes New Year’s Day.
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Students work together at the Ilpolei Secondary School in Kenya. Global education rates have soared in recent decades.

Why the world isn’t as bad as it seems

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 29, 2016, at 10:50 a.m.
Life on Earth is pretty darn good, at least compared to decades and centuries past.
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Maine should do this 1 thing to help those who are hungry

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 28, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
It’s not everyday that politicians have a chance to do something specific about hunger. They should take the opportunity.
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Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, prepares to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 4, 2016.

When reining in price-gouging drug companies, utilities offer a model

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 27, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
Editorial: Utilities, which generally operate as monopolies, have to present a case to regulators before they are allowed to raise prices. This could provide a model for drug companies that have a monopoly on drug therapies that are needed by only a small number of people.
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Writing over the door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh- through 12th-graders of School Administrative District 4.

How local Maine school leaders can show people they’re listening

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 26, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
Editorial: In rural Maine communities facing decline, school budgets can be a big point of contention.