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The governor is taking the SNAP program off the rails

on June 21, 2016, at 9:16 p.m.
The LePage administration would do well to obsess about hunger in Maine as much as they obsess about controlling people’s choices.
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Jerome Muhirwa was a college teacher in his native Burundi. He spent two years seeking asylum and permission to work in Maine after fleeing government persecution at home.

General Assistance is vital, but it’s not the whole story for asylum seekers in Maine

By Grace Kiffney and Robert Glover on June 21, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
OpEd: Asylum seekers are a protected class of individuals, under international and American law, formally requesting protection because of threat of persecution in their country of origin. Yet, in too many instances, requesting asylum is just the beginning of a difficult journey.
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Local voices have been heard — and they support a Katahdin-area national monument

By Rick Levasseur on June 21, 2016, at 11:35 a.m.
Our congressional delegation keeps talking about the necessity for local people to be heard. Now that local people and the rest of Maine have spoken so clearly that we want a national monument, when will King and Poliquin publicly endorse the proposal?
Several hundred people attended a vigil at Bangor City Hall on June 13, 2016, for the victims of the attack at an Orlando nightclub on Sunday that left 49 people dead.

After horror in Orlando, let’s unite in gay pride here in Bangor

By Sean Faircloth on June 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.
OpEd: Let us unite and listen with the goal of actually doing something to help.
KATHLEEN PARKER
The U.S. Capitol dome is pictured in the pre-dawn darkness in Washington in this file general view photo taken October 18, 2013.

Repeat, retreat, reload

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on June 21, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
OpEd: The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now we might as well hit replay and skip the debate.
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Illustration picture of postal ballot papers June 1, 2016, ahead of the June 23 BREXIT referendum when voters will decide whether Britain will remain in the European Union.

Let’s cheer for Brexit — and the end of internationalism run amok

By Alan Boone on June 20, 2016, at 1:57 p.m.
OpEd: If we wish well to our friends “across the Pond,” let’s cheer for “Brexit” and an end to this internationalism run amok.
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My reality check for the future of PERC

By Henry Lang on June 20, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
OpEd: I’ve been with the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company for 28 years, and I can tell you the PERC plant is in great shape and good to operate for many more years.
GWYNNE DYER
Anti-government demonstrators hold placards reading "No Brexit" during a protest outside the parliament in Athens, Greece, June 15, 2016.

Brexit: The Apocalypse

By Gwynne Dyer on June 20, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
How’s this for apocalyptic? “As a historian I fear Brexit (a British vote to leave the European Union in the referendum on 23 June) could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but also Western political civilization in its entirety,” Donald Tusk, the president of the …
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People line up for admission at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in this October 1, 2012, file photo.

How Maine did — and then didn’t — play a role in the 14th Amendment

By Patrick Rael on June 19, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
One hundred fifty years ago this spring, Congress passed what some call the most important modification to the U.S. Constitution ever.
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Rep. Jim Davitt, D-Hampden, is a professor of justice studies at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Finding permanent fix for county jails should be priority for lawmakers

By Jim Davitt on June 19, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
OpEd: To protect the public and prevent a massive cost-shift onto property taxpayers, finding a more permanent fix to keep our county jails functioning should be at the top of the agenda for lawmakers during the coming year.
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Mainers looking to buy a home shouldn’t let this window of affordability pass them by

By John Gallagher on June 19, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
OpEd: Buying a home in Maine is more affordable now than at any time in the last two decades.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Gilley's Dallas, June 16, 2016.

Donald Trump is running as Donald Trump. Surprise.

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on June 19, 2016, at 10:34 a.m.
GOP leaders who fell in line behind Trump after he clinched the nomination expected or at least hoped he would prove malleable, willing to adjust his more extreme positions and tactics to suit a broader electorate.
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Craig Stuart-Paul, founder and CEO of Fiberight, speaks at a meeting of the Municipal Review Committee in July 2014.

What we learned over 16 months that has made Fiberight possible

By Craig Stuart-Paul on June 18, 2016, at 6:53 p.m.
OpEd: Through all this noise and mudslinging, the vast majority of councils, select boards and public votes have made a choice, the right choice, to remain with the MRC and move into the future with the recycling, environmental and financial benefits of the Fiberight plan.
FROM THE STACKS

My Father’s Day

on June 18, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
On Pearl Harbor Day, 1996, I came home early from work, and within minutes of walking in the door, my sister called with news of our father’s death. After hanging up, the poet Robert Lowell came to mind. A New Englander who spent his life at odds with an old-school father, …
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Why a recent MHPC report on poverty isn’t very helpful

on June 17, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
The order of the list of things keeping Mainers poor is as wrong as the pictures.
ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

Why it’s better for me to listen after Orlando

By Alex Steed on June 17, 2016, at 7:20 a.m.
Alex Steed: I want to be clear that this is not about advocating for silence. We must not ever remain silent in the face of violence or sustained injustice toward queer communities and communities of color.
LEFT BRAIN RIGHT BRAIN
From left, Jennifer Rooks, Mark Holbrook and Ande Smith

Shocked by primary night? We weren’t

By Steven Biel and Lance Dutson on June 16, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
Political commentators Steven Biel and Lance Dutson discuss the results of Tuesday’s election.
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It’s time to stand up for consumers’ right to know what’s in their food

By Brian Langley and Michelle Dunphy on June 16, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
OpEd: Time is running out, and the next few weeks are critical to protecting the rights of Maine consumers.
DANA MILBANK
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses an audience at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, June 15, 2016.

The right response to Donald Trump? A media blackout

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on June 16, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
OpEd: Donald Trump’s ban of Washington Post journalists has left other news outlets with a stark choice: Your ratings or your responsibility as journalists in a free society?
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They say a monument will drive a stake through the heart of our industry. I disagree.

By Roger Milliken on June 15, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
OpEd: The proposed monument can be a vital part of the renewal of the Maine woods communities and help attract the best and the brightest to work in our forests and mills. After all, the forest industry can no longer support vibrant communities with its jobs alone.