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.

When it comes to election reform, ranked-choice voting a poor method to empower voters

By Gordon Weil on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
There are at least four other ways of dealing with plurality elections. They are less unusual, less complicated and more transparent. They are all less costly. And they are less dangerous to real democracy.
The idea that the world is awash in savings is a persuasive one. Too bad it may not be true.

You’re not as rich as you think you are

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
OpEd: The idea that the world is awash in savings is, on the surface, a persuasive one. Too bad it may not be true.
Alex Steed

How, not what, do you want to be? That’s how you’ll be remembered

By Alex Steed on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
We all might show it differently, or process it differently, but we all are dealing with something and, more likely than not, many things.

Why writing about TANF this week made me cry

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
It’s a complex and wordy thought for our digital age, but we need to start fighting our tendency to think in soundbites, so please bear with me.

Ranked-choice voting is an antidote to political dysfunction in the State House

By Bev Uhlenhake on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
OpEd: Question 5 is something we can do now to improve Maine’s political process. It doesn’t require electing a particular candidate as president or putting one party or the other in charge in Washington or in Augusta.
A Palestinian boy, who suffers from alopecia areata, waits to receive bee-sting therapy at Rateb Samour's clinic in Gaza City, April 11, 2016.

In its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical establishment forgets kindness, compassion

By Lee Witting on Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
OpEd: Why there should be more cancer today and cancer treatments and medications should be so costly is a tragedy that baffles logic and hurts the heart.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 20, 2016.

Wells Fargo: Too big to fail, too arrogant to admit it

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
OpEd: The 2008 financial collapse was eight years ago this month — and the big banks are back to their old shenanigans.

DHHS rejects funds to help youth facing mental illness. That could be a devastating blow.

By Lindsey Tweed on Sept. 21, 2016, at 11:25 a.m.
OpEd: The action by DHHS has saved Maine taxpayers no money, but it has, unfortunately, severely threatened two innovative and crucial mental health services that target some of our most vulnerable youth.
Republican 2016 presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump reacts near the end of the debate after realizing that a slew of criticisms spoken by fellow candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (not pictured) were not aimed at him but at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, Aug. 6, 2015.

Let the debates begin, no referee required

By Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg View on Sept. 21, 2016, at 11:16 a.m.
OpEd: The answer on this issue may depend on what we think debates are for.
A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, Dec. 16, 2015.

Forget a $15 minimum wage. What about bonuses?

By Michael Schuman, Bloomberg View on Sept. 20, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
OpEd: There’s no shortage of suggestions for how to address the problem, from adjusting tax rates to hiking the minimum wage to tearing up trade agreements. One possible solution that hasn’t been discussed much derives from a very capitalist concept: performance-based pay.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016: Emery for Maine Senate, update Rockland sewers, Obamacare isn’t without hope

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Letters for Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016: Emery for Maine Senate, update Rockland sewers, Obamacare isn’t without hope

Why military, foreign policy experience are must have credentials for presidential candidates

By Donald Zillman on Sept. 20, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
OpEd: What credentials should Americans look for in evaluating a potential commander in chief? Three credentials stand out.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a campaign stop on Sept. 13, 2016 in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Trump’s truth sets us free

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Sept. 20, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
OpEd: At long last, Donald Trump has set himself free.

ASPIRE is a program in desperate need of accountability

on Sept. 20, 2016, at 3:15 a.m.
And I’m referring to the program itself, not its recipients.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sept. 17, 2016. Trump rose to the top of the Republican ticket with his message about America’s perceived decline and his promise to make America great again.

America has lost its characteristic optimism

By Sebastian Mallaby, Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10:33 a.m.
If Americans can’t fix all their problems, can they at least rediscover their old talent for living cheerfully with them?

Poliquin stands by our veterans and military in Congress. To say less is a meritless attack.

By Brad Farrin and Matt Leonard on Sept. 19, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Poliquin has introduced legislation that will help Maine veterans receive access to quality health care in a timely manner.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, August 26, 2016.

Hungary: Closing the border

By Gwynne Dyer on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
“Hungary is not far away from issuing orders to open fire on refugees,” said one of the European Union’s foreign ministers on Tuesday.

Credit where it’s due: Democrats dragged Republicans toward a fair budget

By Linda Valentino on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
The last state budget was a huge win for Maine families — and a far cry from the plan offered by the Republicans in the Legislature.
Local business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference at Fork and Spoon in Bangor on June 7.

No woman who works full time deserves to live in poverty. Raising minimum wage can help.

By Eliza Townsend on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Women’s Lobby asks all Maine voters to join us in voting yes on Question 4.