What do the national park proposal and the junk food ban request have in common?

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
As citizens, we need to accept part of the reason Congress can’t meet our needs is because we are expecting too darn much.

How more Maine lobsters can be cracked by the Japanese market

By Christopher Burns on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
In 2014, Japan was the second most lucrative export destination for Maine seafood exports after Canada. Maine exported $25 million in seafood that year to Japan.
Paul Rich of Winterport paints the set of "Circus" a play being put on at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor in this March 2015 file photo.

There’s more to do to become age-friendly, but Bangor is on its way

By Ben Sprague on Nov. 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
“Commentators and observers around the state seem to agree on one thing: Bangor is on the move!”

A junk food junkie tells all on Thanksgiving

By Eddie Adelman on Nov. 25, 2015, at 9:44 a.m.
OpEd: Wishing you all a happy — and tasty — Thanksgiving. With any luck, the yams will be candied yams.
Members of the group Black Lives Matter march to city hall during a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 24, 2015.

The unlikely coalition that should be: gun rights, civil rights

By Matt Welch, Special to the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 25, 2015, at 8:09 a.m.
When media outlets from the National Journal to Rolling Stone cover the bipartisan push for criminal justice reform — an effort that includes everyone from Rand Paul to Cory Booker, the Koch brothers to even the ACLU — their go-to phrase to characterize the movement is “unlikely coalition.” Actually, there’s …

The case for locally owned, local food at Maine’s universities, beyond

By Jane Livingston on Nov. 25, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
This Thanksgiving, many Maine families will be giving thanks for the turkey on their table — a fresh Maine bird free from the avian flu that has hit Midwestern farms so hard. It’s just one more example of why interest in locally provided food keeps growing. Last May, largely because …
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What Thanksgiving Day is to a child

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 25, 2015, at 7:12 a.m.
Harriet Beecher Stowe moved to Maine in 1850. Here is an excerpt from “Oldtown Folks” (1869), which offers a vivid description of Thanksgiving soon after the Revolutionary War and is a particularly fitting reminiscence for today.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015: Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, LePage’s stance on refugees

on Nov. 25, 2015, at 6:47 a.m.
Indian perspective on Thanksgiving As an Indian, the real and true American, I ask our white brothers a very serious question about this day. How can I celebrate this day? The act of expressing and giving thanks is what our people shared with the Pilgrims upon their arrival to our …

The governor and the turkey

on Nov. 24, 2015, at 4:24 p.m.
So to speak…

The ‘NotMoms’ among us: charitable but unelectable

By Amy Blackstone on Nov. 24, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
Can you imagine a woman political candidate running for high office in the United States who isn’t a mother? Columnist Meghan Daum recently asked a room full of non-mothers to consider this question at the first ever NotMom Summit. In short, the answer is no; very few can imagine such …
Lucas St. Clair looks toward Mt. Katahdin at a lookout where Elliotsville Plantation Inc. has opened 40,000 acres to hunting and other recreational use in this September 2013 file photo.

Collins, King, Poliquin offer way forward on national park issue

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 24, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
Members of Maine’s congressional delegation deserve praise for seeking a sensible way forward on the contentious issue of a establishing a national park in northern Maine.
Mt. Katahdin from a view point on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation Inc., which is offering to donate its Katahdin-area land holdings to the federal government to create a national park.

Maine’s forest industry should stop denying reality, help to create a better future

By Jym St. Pierre on Nov. 24, 2015, at 10:28 a.m.
On Nov. 17, the Maine Forest Products Council published an OpEd in the Bangor Daily News, coinciding with the “Transforming Maine’s Pulp and Paper Industry for the Future” conference held in Bangor the same day. Maine has been producing paper for nearly three centuries, but the industry is facing unprecedented, …
Bangor city council member Joe Baldacci.

Baldacci’s minimum wage increase is a just cause for Bangor

By Arthur J. Keenan on Nov. 24, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
It was recently reported by this newspaper that City Councilor David Nealley claimed that because Councilor Joe Baldacci identified himself as a city councilor in an article supporting the candidacy of Sarah Nichols and Meg Shorette for City Council, Baldacci’s article was therefore “clearly unethical.” Nealley’s comment was political overreach …
President Ronald Reagan at his desk in the Oval Office in Washington D.C. in 1986.

Here’s a surprising connection between Thanksgiving and an American military invasion

By Christopher Kelly on Nov. 24, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
The day American forces arrived is still celebrated in Grenada as the island’s national holiday — Thanksgiving Day.
A sniper and an observer of Belgian police special forces are seen on a balcony of a building on Brussels Grand Place after security was tightened in Belgium following the fatal attacks in Paris, in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 20, 2015.

Crazy is as crazy does

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Nov. 24, 2015, at 7:33 a.m.
One week, Beirut and Paris; the next week, Mali. The nightmare is young. Where next? The pace and threat of terror seem to have picked up, each incident feeding on the previous. Fear takes hold, momentum builds. Rhetoric flies in the face of reason, until all reason abandons the field. …

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015: America failing its own anthem, Tree Growth works, support national park

on Nov. 24, 2015, at 6:32 a.m.
Tree Growth Tax does its job In a Nov. 12 BDN article about lawmakers touring pulp paper mills, Sen. Mike Thibodeau condemned Maine’s small-private landowners as hindrances to the pulp industry. He parroted the LePage administration’s gag line that, if only landowners enrolled in Maine’s Tree Growth Tax Law harvested …

Celebrating Christmas as a Non-Believer

on Nov. 23, 2015, at 6:48 p.m.
As a former Christian who now identifies as non-religious, I’ve heard wisecracks from my Christian friends as my family and I gear up for the holidays. The cracks are all in good fun: decorating the Darwin tree, singing science carols, Sagan Claus, etc. While these are just friendly jabs between friends, they say …
Lina Sergie Attar is reflected in a photograph of her visit to a Syrian refugee camp, that hangs on her wall at her home in Lake Forest, Illinois, in this October 2015 file photo.

With more information, governors should rethink rejection of refugees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 23, 2015, at 4 p.m.
“Many U.S. governors have rushed to judgment on a process whose problems they can’t identify.”

Ethanol review

on Nov. 23, 2015, at 12:31 p.m.
The EPA expects to make a decision Nov. 30 – revising its renewable fuel standard, or RFS, and potentially increasing the amount of ethanol mixed into traditional petroleum-based fuels. The change could affect a wide range of consumers. –News Item

Trump re-tweets racist image from Nazi sympathizer

on Nov. 23, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
He probably didn’t know where the image originated from, and he probably even thought it was accurate, but the fact is that on Sunday Donald Trump, the Republican front runner for President, re-tweeted a racist, inaccurate meme that originated from a Hitler supporter with a swastika on his Twitter profile: …