Articles by Susan Young

Local option sales taxes largely took hold in the West before spreading eastward. New England, however, is largely still a holdout.

Are local option taxes a revenue-generation option for Maine’s towns, cities?

By Susan Young on March 27, 2015, at 7:24 a.m.
With the state cutting back on financial support for Maine’s towns, those communities essentially have two options — raise local property taxes or cut services. Bangor City Councilor Ben Sprague is suggesting another way — local option taxes. He plans to present a proposal to the city’s finance committee next …
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to reporters during the New England Patriots press conference at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass on Thursday.

Did the Pats become impossibly better after 2006? The Super Bowl could be our answer

By Matthew Stone and Susan Young on Jan. 29, 2015, at 3:49 p.m.
Unfortunately for devoted fans of the New England Patriots, their top-performing team is entering its sixth Super Bowl of the Brady-Belichick era with doubts hanging over its unprecedented success. When the allegations first trickled out that the Patriots had under-inflated game balls during the AFC Championship faceoff against the Indianapolis …
Penobscot County Corrections officer Sgt. Chris Wilson stands near the door of a empty cell at the Penobscot County Jail in this July 2013 photo.

A coordinated, efficient county jail system that was nearly broken from the start

By Susan Young on Jan. 23, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
The state’s county jails, the first holding facilities for the state’s accused criminals, from drunk drivers to murderers, were supposed to be streamlined and coordinated through a 2008 consolidation plan. Eight years later, the system is in complete meltdown with the coordinating state Board of Corrections so shorthanded it can’t …
Efraim Zuroff is the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Israel office. The center's mission is to locate and bring to justice Nazi war criminals.

‘At least a measure of justice’: A life spent hunting Nazis — who show no remorse

By Susan Young on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Efraim Zuroff is director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office, where he continues the center namesake’s mission of hunting down Nazis and Nazi collaborators to bring them to justice. He was born in New York in 1948, he earned a B.A. in history at Yeshiva University and an M.A. …
The Bangor Daily News building on the corner of Buck and Main streets in Bangor.

Cross Insurance to buy Bangor Daily News building

By Susan Young on May 02, 2014, at 7:03 p.m.
Cross Insurance announced Friday that it is purchasing the Bangor Daily News building. The Main Street building, which is across Buck Street from the new Cross Insurance Center, will house the company’s 75 Bangor employees. “This is an attractive move for our company given that it will …
Independent Angus King and Republican Charlie Summers shake hands following the debate at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

Fact-checking the US Senate candidates as they debate in Lewiston

By Matthew Stone, Robert Long, Susan Young and William Davis on Sept. 17, 2012, at 8:38 p.m.
During Monday’s U.S. Senate debate in Lewiston, BDN staffers looked into some of the statements and claims made by the candidates — state Sen. Cynthia Dill, a Democrat; Angus King, a two-term independent governor; and Charlie Summers, the Republican candidate and Maine’s secretary of state. Here is what we found. …
The U.S. Postal Service Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility, photographed Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Employees were notified in person Wednesday, Feb. 22, that the facility would be consolidated, resulting in only 13 of the 183 employees being retained.

Hampden postal facility would stay open if Senate passes reform bill, Collins says

By Susan Young on April 23, 2012, at 10:11 p.m.
The mail processing facility in Hampden would stay open under a postal reform bill now before the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins said late Monday. A key provision of the bill would require overnight delivery standards in some instances. Overnight delivery in Maine would be impossible without both the Hampden and …

Boomer women revise expectations to meet economic reality

By Jane Glenn Haas, The Orange County Register on Sept. 19, 2011, at 4:21 p.m.
Nan Crawford can foresee the future. And it’s not at all what she anticipated. Worse, it’s not what she was promised by the Greatest Generation. Born right after the end of World War II, Nan is one of the older boomer women. The first generation, really, to demand equality and …

Fish, veggies good for you, but so is ice cream

By Jennifer LaRue Huget, Special to The Washington Post on Sept. 14, 2011, at 10:11 p.m.
There’s no question that maintaining a nutritious diet can help keep your body healthy. But when it comes to which foods can specifically benefit which body parts, science remains surprisingly sketchy. For all the hype about the health benefits of, say, antioxidants and probiotics, a scan of the scientific literature …

Fight erupts over jobs for veterans

By Steve Vogel, The Washington Post on Sept. 14, 2011, at 1:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A Capitol Hill summit Tuesday on veterans employment erupted into an acrimonious and partisan debate over the government’s role in creating jobs for veterans. The event, billed as a summit to discuss best practices for hiring veterans into the private sector, began on a testy note during opening …

Walmart to spend billions helping women-owned businesses

By Ylan Q. Mui, The Washington Post on Sept. 14, 2011, at 6:36 a.m.
Walmart is slated to announce Wednesday that it will spend billions of dollars over the next five years to train female workers around the world and support women-owned businesses, the latest attempt by the world’s largest retailer to tackle broad social issues and shore up its image. The commitment includes …
Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Elderly get too many medical tests

By Sandra G. Boodman, Kaiser Health News on Sept. 13, 2011, at 5:47 p.m.
Every year like clockwork, Anna Peterson has a mammogram. Peterson, who will turn 80 next year, undergoes screening colonoscopies at three- or five-year intervals as recommended by her doctor, although she has never had cancerous polyps that would warrant such frequent testing. Her 83-year-old husband faithfully gets regular PSA teststo check for prostate cancer. …
Stan Pappas wears a shirt featuring former President George W. Bush at the Tea Party Express tour kick-off on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Napa, Calif. The Tea Party Express kicked off its fifth annual national tour with a rally in California's wine country before heading east through 19 states.  (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Tea party will be in spotlight at tonight’s debate

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers on Sept. 12, 2011, at 2:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The tea party movement roars into the Republican presidential spotlight Monday night, as grassroots conservative-coalition members are scheduled to question GOP candidates at a Tampa, Fla., debate. The two-hour debate, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Express and CNN, promises to include some topics that rarely come up in …
In this Aug. 31, 2011 file photo, some of an estimated 4,000 people wait to enter a job fair in South Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Is it up to government to fix economy?

By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press on Sept. 12, 2011, at 1:52 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy needs to be fixed. On this, Democrats and Republicans agree. They part ways over how to do it and, specifically, what role the federal government should play. “Ultimately,” President Barack Obama tells Congress, “our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses …
US birth rate per thousand people. The blue segment is the baby boom.

Boomers to kids: No inheritance for you

By Walter Hamilton, The Los Angeles Times on Sept. 12, 2011, at 9:23 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Carol Willison has made lots of financial sacrifices for her two children over the years, including paying most of her older daughter’s medical school tuition. But Willison’s generosity has reached its limits. Not only doesn’t the 60-year-old Seattle woman plan to leave her daughters an inheritance when …

National security Obama’s only success

By Peter Wallsten, The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2011, at 10 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama was always vulnerable to charges that he would be weak on national security. He was a relative political newcomer with no history of military service. He opposed the war in Iraq and pledged to roll back many of the George W. Bush administration’s toughest anti-terrorism policies. …

Fixing the war on drugs

By Contributed on July 07, 2011, at 6:29 p.m.
A high-powered international commission has declared the war on drugs a failure. It urges governments to consider decriminalizing the use of drugs, especially marijuana, as a way to combat organized crime. The report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, issued on June 2, attracted little attention and may simply …

Maine’s ‘worst’ high schools

By Susan Young on April 14, 2011, at 10:01 p.m.
Ten Maine high schools have received news that they are “improvement schools,” an improvement over last year’s harsher designation of “persistently low-achieving schools.” Superintendents of the designated schools support the purpose of the listing — to achieve the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s requirement for “adequate yearly progress.” But …
 Ben Goldstein, 7, of Bar Harbor, skips rocks off the beach reached by Wonderland Trail in Bar Harbor.

Favorite Places in Maine: MDI’s Ship Harbor

By Susan Young on March 27, 2011, at 5:56 p.m.
Many Maine residents skip Acadia National Park during the summer to avoid the crowds. There are places in the park that few know about that can be enjoyed year-round. Places like Ship Harbor. Located just east of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse, a 1.3-mile nature trail leads to the rocky shore …
Signs posted at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park Saturday morning, September 4, 2010. National Park officials decided to reopen the Park Loop Road shortly after 6am Saturday as Hurricane Earl weekened and passed far enough from the area not to cause dangerous surf. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)

Favorite Places in Maine: Acadia’s Great Head trail

By Susan Young on Dec. 29, 2010, at 6:17 p.m.
Need a break from the relatives? Want one more hike in 2010? Head to Acadia National Park for a quick loop with sweeping ocean views. The trail around Great Head, with or without a trip across …