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MAINELY THOUGHTS

The addiction epidemic is the millennials’ Vietnam

on June 24, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
It will easily take an entire generation to heal and recover from this mess as a society.
LETTERS

Monday, June 26, 2017: Do right by our kids, time for common-sense gun control, trees in wrong places

on June 24, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
Letters for Monday, June 26, 2017: Do right by our kids, time for common-sense gun control, trees in wrong places
EDITORIALS
A Bangor man enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break.

Smoking has become a habit of the poor, raising the importance of public health work in Maine

on June 24, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
There’s good news about smoking rates in Maine and the U.S. Overall, they have dropped significantly over recent decades. Except among the poor.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Growing gap between rich, middle class as populism flops

on June 24, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Financial health

on June 23, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
PERSPECTIVES

A Return to Trump Country, Part 1

on June 23, 2017, at 9:18 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS

Maine should fear being labeled a high tax state. Just look at Connecticut.

By Dana Connors on June 23, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
This surtax is mainly being paid for by businesses. Nothing has really changed in that respect since last November.
LETTERS

Saturday, June 24, 2017: No oil drilling in the Arctic, multiculturalism is a bad idea, monument support

on June 23, 2017, at 8 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, (left) speaks with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, at the State House in Augusta.

No one wins in government shutdown. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

By John Martin on June 23, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
“We are close to making the same mistake that happened 26 years ago and letting the far-reaching effects of a shutdown damage our government and economy.”
EDITORIALS
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, written ''ER'' to make the poster read "Meaner'' during his press conference on the Senate Republicans' health care bill with Sen. Patty Murray, and Sen. Ron Wyden, in the Capitol on June 22, 2017.

Without changes, Senate health care bill must be rejected

on June 23, 2017, at 5:48 a.m.
The measure of the Senate bill isn’t whether it is better than the House Republican version. It is whether it is better than the Affordable Care Act it would replace. It fails this test.
CONTRIBUTORS

Containing ‘Iranian mischief’ is no excuse for letting Yemen’s humanitarian crisis fester

By Brian Milakovsky on June 23, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Will Rep. Poliquin repeat Collins’ error, which is so costly to the people of Yemen?
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Budget stalemate

on June 22, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Longfellow Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sarah Rasmussen talks about what moods a poem can set with her class in Portland.

It’s not enough to spend more on education. We must direct money where it’s most needed.

By Heidi Sampson on June 22, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
“Simply adding more money to the system will not assure teachers and students benefit. There must be specific strategies in place to assure our teachers who are most directly affecting our students are properly compensated. This must be the priority.”
EDITORIALS
On June 14, 2017, Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill into law to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.

Now the important work can begin to cut the number of Maine’s infant deaths

on June 22, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
It’s rare to find Gov. Paul LePage, the Maine Legislature and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services all on the same page. But that’s exactly what happened recently when LePage signed a bill into law — supported wholeheartedly by DHHS and lawmakers — to allow a panel to better understand the reasons behind infant deaths in Maine.
CONTRIBUTORS
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

A state shutdown doesn’t need to happen. We have a reasonable budget on the table.

By Brian Langley on June 22, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
“As more people throw around the word ‘shutdown,’ keep in mind that this does not have to happen. There is a reasonable deal on the table to increase state aid to school districts, implement significant education reforms and reduce local property taxes — all within existing resources.”
CONTRIBUTORS
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby stands as his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, addresses the media after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 17, 2017.

Bill Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

By Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
“The final chapter of Bill Cosby’s public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.”
CONTRIBUTORS

Why we will march in Bangor’s pride parade

By Andrea Irwin and Jessamy Luthin on June 22, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
“We hope many will join us Saturday at the parade and attend the festivities to learn more and to support our LGBTQ friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.”
LETTERS

Friday, June 23, 2017: Keep Mayhew out of Blaine House, protect North Woods monument, US can’t judge Cuba

on June 22, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Friday, June 23, 2017: Keep Mayhew out of Blaine House, protect North Woods monument, US can’t judge Cuba
CONTRIBUTORS

This is the one climate solution that’s best for the environment and for business

By George Shultz and Lawrence Summers, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
“President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord has induced a fateful pessimism about what can be expected of the country on this critical issue. Yet our long experience in Washington has taught us that the transition from the inconceivable to the inevitable can sometimes be very rapid.”
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Dear 129th Maine State Legislature: I look forward to your arrival

on June 21, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
There’s a lot to be said for the idea of a legislature working with a chief executive that is not Governor LePage.