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Sen. Libby wants to pull welfare from the political fray

on April 28, 2017, at 2:26 p.m.
So many discussions default to Republicans saying cut, cut, cut and Democrats saying hold on a second … we don’t really ever have an unbiased conversation about welfare. (Senator Nathan Libby)
LETTERS

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Maine needs immigrants, support solar bill, school nurses critical

on April 28, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, April 29, 2017: Maine needs immigrants, support solar bill, school nurses critical
CONTRIBUTORS
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a painting of President Theodore Roosevelt during an event with Governors prior to the signing of an executive order on education at the White House in Washington, DC., April 26, 2017.

Trump’s presidency is teaching elites like me a lesson

By Danielle Allen, The Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
How can we open up a prospect of liberty and justice for all? And I mean “for all.”
EDITORIALS
A cross-country skier passes Mount Katahdin while on a trail in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in February.

LePage’s continued monument opposition jeopardizes Katahdin region’s progress

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
This development and a sense of hope in the Katahdin region are in jeopardy as the president and our governor cast unneeded and harmful doubt on the future of Maine’s national monument.
PERSPECTIVES

Play it Again, Uncle Sam

on April 28, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Local business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference in Bangor, June 7, 2016.

Minimum wage warriors see certainty in ambiguity

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg View on April 28, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
When you read about minimum wage studies and you see the two sides of the debate clash in the media, it’s important to remember the limits of empirical research. We know that moderate minimum wage hikes rarely have big immediate effects on employment.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Gamesmanship

on April 28, 2017, at 4:54 a.m.
EDITORIALS
Sam Portera and Brandon Hosford, both alumni of the Upward Bound college readiness program, prepare packages of letters from program alumni and their parents destined to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Department of Education declined to consider the University of Maine Presque Isle's renewal grant application due to a formatting error, but supporters and Maine's congressional delegation are hoping to convince the agency to reconsider.

Formatting error shouldn’t jeopardize college education for low-income students

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Vindictive. That’s the only way to describe an absurd Department of Education decision to reject dozens of schools’ Upward Bound funding applications because of small formatting errors.
CONTRIBUTORS

Good health is good for the economy. It’s time for Maine to expand Medicaid.

By Arthur Barry Adoff on April 27, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Medicaid expansion would be an opportunity to provide affordable health care for nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans and many others who work low-wage jobs who aren’t offered coverage or who can’t afford it.
CONTRIBUTORS
An Atlantic salmon is seen at the Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in East Orland.

Trump’s budget guts this program critical to the success of Maine’s coastal communities

By Parker Gassett on April 27, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
Increasingly, our world, and indeed Maine, is driven by global technology, market forces, private interests and environmental consequences. Having programs that are able to navigate through these complexities, as exemplified by Sea Grant, is critical for the success of our communities and Maine’s way of life.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally against child poverty on April 9, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Apparently repealing Obamacare could violate international law

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on April 20

The risks of the Trump administration hollowing out American leadership

By William Burns, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
OpEd: At home, we have checks and balances that cushion the domestic consequences of such illusions. The wider world lacks those brakes.
CONTRIBUTORS
In Maine, alcohol is the most misused substance. The primary care office is an ideal place to talk about alcohol use and prevent it from becoming unsafe.

It’s time for physicians to ask patients about their drinking

By Labrini Nelligan, Mark Publicker, and Noah Nesin, Special to the Bangor Daily News on April 27, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
In Maine, alcohol is the most misused substance.
CONTRIBUTORS
Conservative demonstrators and protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump fight during a Patriots Day Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, California, U.S., April 15, 2017.

When student protesters defeat their own cause

By Cass R. Sunstein, Bloomberg View on April 27, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
OpEd: Student activists would do well to think much less about how to express their values and instead to focus insistently on a single question: If I succeed, how many people will I actually be helping?
CONTRIBUTORS
A malware lab is pictured inside the Microsoft Cybercrime Center in Redmond, Washington, Nov. 11, 2013.

Local police don’t go after most cybercriminals. We need better training.

By Nick Selby, The Washington Post on April 27, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
We can’t win if we don’t fight. Right now, we’re not even fighting.
LETTERS

Friday, April 28, 2017: Missing Emmet Meara, let science inform decisions, don’t cut legal aid for low-income

on April 27, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
Letters for Friday, April 28, 2017: Missing Emmet Meara, let science inform decisions, don’t cut legal aid for low-income
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

LePage the Tree

on April 27, 2017, at 4:42 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

There’s a certified 5K this weekend raising awareness of sexual violence

on April 26, 2017, at 8:26 p.m.
It’s in Waterville at Thomas college, it’s U.S. Track and Field certified, and there’s still time to sign up!
THE RIGHT WAY

Are Trump supporters getting their money’s worth?

on April 26, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
EDITORIALS
Medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone therapy, is effective and saves money and reduces crime, studies have shown.

Here’s the economic case for supporting addiction treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 26, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
Talking tough about drugs and addiction may sound good, but it is less effective than devoting resources to treatment.