Opinion

 
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016.

The world according to Donald Trump

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 01, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
Trump’s foreign policy speech on Wednesday was meant to make him appear consistent, serious and presidential. It did not.
CONTRIBUTORS
The northeast coastline of the Greenland ice sheet is seen in an image from NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland field campaign from an altitude of about 40,000 feet, March 26, 2016.

Why we fear spiders more than climate change

By Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View on May 01, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
People tend to fear spiders and snakes more than they do electrical sockets or fireworks, even though the latter present a far greater danger. This might help explain why humans have such a hard time seeing the threat of climate change.
FIGHTING THE TIDES

How simple carelessness is costing Maine lobstermen millions

on April 30, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Small steps could translate into big dollars for lobstermen.
EDITORIALS
Kerry Simes, an inmate at the York County Jail in Alfred, runs a container of prision uniforms through a hallway to the laundry area as part of her job.

The dangers of keeping parents behind bars when it’s unnecessary

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 30, 2016, at 12:52 p.m.
Many adults in Maine are being held for a failure to post bail or pay fines, a Catch-22 situation that leaves low-level offenders stuck in jail.
LETTERS

Monday, May 2, 2016: Republicans are hypocrites, George Smith is no ‘conservationist,’ mental health should be a priority

on April 30, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
Letters for Monday, May 2, 2016: Republicans are hypocrites, George Smith is no ‘conservationist,’ mental health should be a priority
CONTRIBUTORS
Protesters rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement outside the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Nov. 21, 2015.

Why free trade appears to help corporations most as workers pay the price

By Bob Ziegelaar on April 30, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
OpEd: The real problem isn’t so much trade itself as the way U.S. trade policy has long been divorced from basic domestic economic policy.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Support disappearing for trade deals with Clinton, Trump opposed

on April 30, 2016, at 7:18 a.m.
Trade policy, often misunderstood or ignored, may be a major political issue this year. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, and Donald Trump, the likely GOP standard-bearer, take similar positions. They say President Obama and previous presidents have gone too far in making international trade agreements. It’s time to …
LETTERS

Saturday, April 30, 2016: LePage lacks business sense, protecting firefighters, I-395/Route 9 connector sad

on April 29, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, April 30, 2016: LePage lacks business sense, protecting firefighters, I-395/Route 9 connector sad
EDITORIALS
Frozen Meals on Wheels to be delivered in Belfast in March 2015.

DHHS should check the law, then rethink its plans to put Meals on Wheels out to bid

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 29, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
We have our doubts that DHHS can squeeze more efficiencies out of a decades-old, volunteer-driven system that delivers more than 800,000 meals each year to almost 18,000 people across the state at an average cost of $7.44 per meal.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Veto Day

on April 29, 2016, at 4:54 a.m.
Veto Day in Augusta.
FROM THE STACKS

Her eternal search for E.E. Cummings

on April 28, 2016, at 8:13 p.m.
  I‘ve made the pilgrimage before, even in the rain. Early one morning, under a misting sky, I drove down to Boston – specifically, to Jamaica Plain. My last visit had been years before, yet I followed the course by memory. Urban landscapes can change in 35 years, but finding …
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, April 17, 2016.

Why isn’t the GOP’s Stop Trump movement working? Because Trump is creating a new GOP

By Anthony J. Gaughan, The Conversation on April 28, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Donald Trump is the Republican establishment’s worst nightmare, but the GOP leadership can’t find a way to stop him.
CONTRIBUTORS
A solar panel outside a home in Searsport.

Overriding this LePage veto will put solar within reach for more Mainers

By Norman Higgins and Sara Gideon on April 28, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
OpEd: Increasing access to solar power for our homes, businesses, towns and communities can bring tremendous benefits.
EDITORIALS
Sweden has petitioned the European Union to ban imports of American lobster after the crustaceans have appeared off the country's coast.

Why Sweden’s call for an American lobster ban is an overreaction

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorials: Sweden needs to do a better job of enforcing its own laws within its own borders before asking for the drastic measure of banning all North American lobster from all of Europe, which would mean the elimination of a trade worth nearly $200 million annually.
CONTRIBUTORS

Voters don’t want special interests to own Maine elections. LePage has ignored their will.

By Jolene Lovejoy and Ed Youngblood on April 28, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
OpEd: We want Maine to lead the nation in the fight to clean up our politics.
Sarah Kilch Gaffney hiking down Saddleback with her husband, Steve, after their wedding ceremony.

My husband died unbearably young, but he’ll always be part of the Maine woods

By Sarah Kilch Gaffney on April 28, 2016, at 11:49 a.m.
Our love began on a mountain in Maine.
LETTERS

Friday, April 29, 2016: Solar energy creates good jobs, addressing food insecurity, end-of-life decisions

on April 28, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Letters for Friday, April 29, 2016: Solar energy creates good jobs, addressing food insecurity, end-of-life decisions
DANA MILBANK
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (left) and Sen. Bernie Sanders applaud together before the start of a debate hosted by CNN and New York One at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York, April 14, 2016.

Why Sanders will ultimately back Clinton

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on April 28, 2016, at 8:35 a.m.
Eight years ago, I spent an election night in a basement gymnasium in Manhattan, watching Hillary Clinton and her campaign advisers take up residence in a parallel universe. It was June 3, 2008, and Barack Obama had just clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, making official a victory that had seemed …
Solar panels are seen on the outside of a home in Searsport on Sept. 14, 2015.

5 myths people hold about solar power in Maine 

By Sharon Klein on April 28, 2016, at 7:42 a.m.
Solar energy has the potential to expand access to low-cost electricity for all Mainers, improve the environment and grow the local economy, writes Sharon Klein.
CHRIS BUSBY

I stand with Ethan Strimling!

on April 28, 2016, at 5:59 a.m.
Chris Busby: I stand with Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling. I applaud Strimling’s bold leadership and deeply appreciate his passionate defense of Portland’s most vulnerable citizens.