Maine schools need our help, but the wealthy don’t need another tax cut

By Troy Jackson on March 30, 2017, at 9:23 a.m.
OpEd: Our schools, property taxpayers and communities need our help. The wealthy don’t need another tax cut.
The narrative -- as told through stories and photographs -- emerging about rural America has been woefully incomplete because so much of the media coverage has focused on only one slice of it: rural white America.

There’s a big part of rural America that everyone is ignoring

By Mara Casey Tieken, The Washington Post on March 30, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
Interest in rural America is welcome. But we need to make sure it is complete and inclusive — and genuine.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, walks to a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, before a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

This is what you get, Mr. Speaker

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 30, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, arrives at his news conference after the House Republican meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2017.

Republicans shouldn’t give up on health care reform yet

By Michael A. Needham, The Washington Post on March 30, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.
OpEd: The hard work of coalition-building, consensus-finding and implementing a legislative agenda to make America great again is exactly what our urgent times call for. It is also a far easier path to completing Trump’s ambitious legislative agenda than moving on to other priorities.

Trump’s climate change denial is bad news for Maine’s lobster fishery

By David Cousens on March 29, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
As someone who depends on a clean environment to make a living, I’m worried we are trading the long-term health of our planet for short-term economic gains.
A general view of the exterior of the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, Dec. 5, 2016. Fake news reports allege that the pizzeria was the front for a child sex ring run by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Alex Jones’ apology for ‘Pizzagate’ can’t fix the damage he caused

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on March 29, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
A heartfelt apology can be a beautiful step toward healing. Alex Jones’ “Pizzagate” apology doesn’t come close.
Robyn Bemis (right) bows her head during the Imago Dei Anglican Church service at the First Baptist Church building on Center Street in Bangor, Nov. 27, 2016.

A survival guide for our unmoored, ‘post-Christian’ nation

By Christine Emba, The Washington Post on March 29, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
“No one saw the Great Flood coming,” the first chapter ominously begins.

Trump wants a huge giveaway for the private prison industry

By Robert W. Glover on March 28, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
It is within our power as citizens to demand prison reform and sensible immigration policy from our leaders in Washington. However, as the quota discussed here suggests, once a giveaway for a large and powerful industry is enshrined in public policy, it becomes very hard to undo, even when the agencies and Cabinet secretaries involved attempt to change it.
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor in the Oval Office of the White House on March 24, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Governing by ultimatum

By Kathleen Parker on March 28, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
In a week that felt like a month, Americans got a clear view of Donald Trump’s governing style and of his fabled dealmaking approach.
The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army Airborne CH-47 Chinook window gunner while flying toward Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 7, 2014.

Obama left the US military too weak to deal with global menaces

By James Jay Carafano, Tribune News Service on March 28, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
U.S. combat operations have declined since the Bush era, but contrary to President Barack Obama’s claims, no wars have been ended.

A commitment to poor children’s well-being is key to Maine’s future prosperity

By Nancy Brain and Barbara Reinertsen on March 27, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
Support for families to alleviate conditions of poverty can make a significant difference for those children throughout their lifetime.
The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried through crowded streets during his funeral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, March 23, 2017.

How the Brexit could reignite violence in Northern Ireland

By Gwynne Dyer on March 27, 2017, at 7:56 a.m.
The open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic depends on both countries being part of the European Union.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Stop blaming each other over the failed health care bill and start governing

By Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg View on March 27, 2017, at 7:31 a.m.
What matters now is that Democrats stop gloating, Republicans stop sulking, and each party come to the table to improve a health care system that both parties agree needs work.
Protesters demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump and his plans to end Obamacare outside the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.

American democracy isn’t so decadent after all

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 26, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
The anti-Trump opposition flatters itself as “the resistance.” As if this is Vichy France. It’s not. It’s 21st-century America. And the good news is that the checks and balances are working just fine.

A history for millennials of the low-tech victories over life’s minor frustrations

By Alan Boone on March 26, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
It recently occurred to me that in my lifetime we have witnessed the healthy appearance of some remarkably useful little inventions so simple that, when you think about it, the normal reaction is or should be, “Doggone it, why didn’t I think of that? I could now be as rich as Warren Buffett.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the afternoon ministerial plenary for the Global Coalition working to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Tone-deaf Tillerson isn’t doing his job

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post on March 26, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
We have heard the excuses over and over on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behalf. He’s new at this. He’s getting his feet wet. He’s not used to press scrutiny. Frankly, neither he nor his defenders are helping his cause at this point.
A TSA security officer and his dog scan departing passengers at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California, July 1, 2016.

Trump is turning us all into tools of his border-control agenda

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on March 26, 2017, at 9:52 a.m.
Ever since Sept. 11, American Muslims have complained of receiving extra scrutiny when they fly.
Republican Mike Huckabee speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 31, 2015.

A conservative case for the National Endowment for the Arts

By Mike Huckabee, The Washington Post on March 25, 2017, at 8:44 a.m.
The real recipients of endowment funds: The kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity, and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all.
The Pentagon unveils a large American flag at sunrise on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, near the site where the building was struck on 9/11.

I came here as a refugee. And then I rebuilt the Pentagon after 9/11.

By Shalom Baranes, The Washington Post on March 24, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
“My hope is that the Trump administration will take actions to ensure that the travel ban is indeed temporary, so that good, hard-working individuals fleeing tyranny can find a new home as I did.”

The Oakhurst lawsuit gives grammarians everywhere reason to rejoice

By Roslyn Petelin, The Conversation on March 24, 2017, at 6 a.m.
The Maine case strikes a blow for the importance of clarity against the Oxford comma’s opponents.