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EDITORIALS
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Donald Trump proved in the debate how little he cares for the rest of us

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 27, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Editorial: The U.S. needs a president who understands economics, health care, foreign policy, military strategy and much more. The nation also need a president who truly cares about Americans’ well-being.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Great debate?

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
It seemed like Trump was debating Lester Holt for most of the evening.
CONTRIBUTORS
Protester Tom Moran wears a papier-mache head of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a Trump supporter drives past, outside Hofstra University, the site of the Sept. 26 first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in Hempstead, New York.

Vote as you must to minimize evil in November, then work for a better world

By Michael Howard on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
OpEd: Vote as you must to minimize evil, then work for a better world.
LETTERS

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016: Maine workers deserve a fair wage, building a better future, Clinton has the right experience

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
Letters for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016: Maine workers deserve a fair wage, building a better future, Clinton has the right experience
CONTRIBUTORS

Background checks are the best way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people

By Ed Tolan on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
OpEd: As a longtime police officer from a family of first responders, I strongly support a “yes” vote on Question 3 to require background checks on all gun purchases and transfers in Maine.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Democrat Hillary Clinton (right) and Republican Donald Trump speak during their first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.

The Trump letters

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 9:16 a.m.
OpEd: The first presidential debate has played out. Game on!
CONTRIBUTORS
From left, Alex Coulling, a University of Maine civil engineering graduate student and UMaine research engineer Josh Clapp stand in front of the newly unveiled base for a floating wind turbine in May 2013.

Maine’s economy needs engineers, and Maine’s young people need great engineering jobs

By Dana Connors on Sept. 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Engineers are vital to Maine’s economy, yet there is an approaching crisis: There are too few engineers to fill available jobs.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Fact checker

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
No matter how the debate goes…nothing will change my mind about Donald Trump!
EDITORIALS
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm in 2013 because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine needs more people ‘from away,’ so it needs an attitude change

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Editorial: The new report from Maine’s Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Development Foundation called for programs to welcome and support new arrivals, but it also hit on a basic problem: attitude.
LETTERS

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016: Gratwick for Maine Senate, Alzheimer’s awareness, keeping older Mainers in their homes

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
Letters for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016: Gratwick for Maine Senate, Alzheimer’s awareness, keeping older Mainers in their homes
GWYNNE DYER
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, holds a flag while standing on an armored vehicle in the city of Mosul, Iraq, June 23, 2014.

Who would ISIS vote for?

By Gwynne Dyer on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
OpEd: Ask yourself: Which of the American presidential candidates is more likely to overreact to a terrorist provocation?
CONTRIBUTORS

I used to earn a fair paycheck in a paper mill. Now I struggle to get by on $10 per hour.

By Raye Rolston on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:03 a.m.
OpEd: People who work for a living deserve to be able to make a living; it’s plain and simple.
TAKE A BREATH

Tall Tales, Whoppers and “Post Truth”

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 11:08 p.m.
I must admit that I am somewhat mystified by what has happened in public political discourse in Maine and around the country in the last few years.  Apparently, an environmental blogger named David Roberts gets the credit for creating the phrase “post truth” to describe today’s political and public discourse. When I …
CONTRIBUTORS
Hostra University students playing the roles of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and moderator go through a rehearsal for the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 25, 2016.

Questions that Clinton and Trump should be asked

By Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg on Sept. 25, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
In the presidential election, the foreign policy debate chiefly involves insults and cliches. None of these issues will disappear by Inauguration Day.
EDITORIALS
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

What students want when it comes to fighting addiction: Someone to listen

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 25, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
The suggestions many students have for what their schools could do to more effectively keep them and their peers from becoming addicted to drugs don’t fit neatly into a particular curriculum, lesson plan or school-wide assembly.
CONTRIBUTORS
Laws need to be changed to ensure family members can visit loved ones in hospitals and nursing homes.

No one should be denied the right to be at a loved one’s side at the end of life

By Arthur Verow and Catherine Falk on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:57 a.m.
In recent years, the importance of knowing the signs of abuse, neglect or exploitation of the elderly and incapacitated has become more widely recognized. Preventing their isolation is a crucial step to protecting some of Maine’s most vulnerable citizens.
CONTRIBUTORS
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles as he arrives at a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, Sept. 22, 2016.

The leaders of Egypt and Iran have qualms in common

By David Ignatius, The Washington Post on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
What do the presidents of Egypt and Iran, two countries across the Sunni-Shiite chasm in the Middle East, have in common? A lot, it turns out, including preoccupation with their internal stability and hunger for economic growth.
CONTRIBUTORS
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labor Party joins a protest by campaigners calling for an inquiry into a confrontation between police and pickets in Orgreave in 1984, outside Parliament, in London, Sept. 13, 2016.

A Labor Party split is electoral suicide

By Matt Singh, Bloomberg View on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
As Britain’s Labor Party prepares to announce the result of its leadership election Saturday, attention is beginning to turn to how the party will reunite after months of infighting.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Debate prep 2016

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
Will we have a civil debate on Monday evening? Will we have more of the same from Trump, as this drawing suggests? Stay ‘tooned!
CONTRIBUTORS

This is an election cycle when voters want an alternative, but third parties get little attention

By Larry Dansinger on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
It’s the job of media to provide the facts and opinions about candidates the public needs to make informed choices.