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Maine DHHS says no to treating addiction with medical marijuana

on July 11, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
Medical marijuana caregiver Dawson Julia may have heard a “no” this round, but I’m guessing he and his colleagues won’t stop until they get a yes.
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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016.

Susan Collins’ steady, bipartisan approach to reducing gun violence

By Chet Lunner on July 11, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
Gun violence is a complicated problem, and no single piece of legislation can prevent every dangerous person from getting a gun.
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3 ways to start connecting rural Maine to the high-speed internet it needs

By Rob Souza on July 11, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
These are not merely technology issues. They are fundamentally questions about economic opportunity.
GWYNNE DYER
Sir John Chilcot presents The Iraq Inquiry Report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, July 6, 2016.

The West’s endless war in Iraq

By Gwynne Dyer on July 11, 2016, at 9:23 a.m.
Thirteen years, half a million deaths or more, millions of refugees, general impoverishment and insecurity and an astoundingly corrupt government that is strongly and successfully resisting Abadi’s attempt to reform it.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Religious group calls for special treatment to stop special treatment by pushing for homosexuality ban

on July 10, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
The religious fringe of the political right often mixes up its message on the topic of homosexuality and stopping the LGBT movement. Their claim is that it’s a movement being forced on them and that they shouldn’t have to accept it. Despite never being forced to enter in a gay …
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A Social Security card

Why I can’t (and won’t) stop writing about Social Security

By Allan Sloan, The Washington Post on July 10, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
The true state of the program — which is enormously important to tens of millions of people — is hidden by the bizarre accounting.
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I want to know how we used to get things done without mission statements

By Eddie Adelman on July 10, 2016, at 9:42 a.m.
Mission statements. Have you ever read one of these things and thought to yourself, “Boy, I’m sure glad I read that — it cleared up a whole lot of confusion for me”? Me neither. And yet they continue to proliferate.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the "Oversight of the State Department" in Washington, D.C., July 7, 2016.

I’ve a theory why James Comey won’t recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on July 10, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
The best way I can reconcile his reputation for integrity with the grating illogic of his Hillary Clinton decision is by presuming that he didn’t want to make history.
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A supporter of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wears a "Make America Great Again" hat while waiting for the rally to start at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, June 29, 2016.

Every citizen has the power to make America great again

By Thomas Gaffney on July 09, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
OpEd: It is a grand comfort to know each of us has the freedom and power to make America great again.
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Chemistry major Andrew Kiezulas stands on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus on Tuesday before heading to a student recovery group meeting. In August, USM will launch an on-campus recovery center, the first of its kind in Maine.

What it’s like trying to stay sober as a college student

By Andrew Kiezulas on July 08, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
OpEd: We can empower people of all ages and stages to return to or continue college and discover the power of possibility in recovery. We can all help people find their way, their purpose and find themselves.
CANNABIS TODAY

Medical Cannabis May Provide Relief… to the Medicare System

on July 07, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
A study published this month in the journal Health Affairs finds that “the use of prescription drugs for which marijuana could serve as a clinical alternative fell significantly, once a medical marijuana law was implemented.” The authors state that “(n)ational overall reductions in Medicare program and enrollee spending when states …
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LePage, Clinton, Trump: are we getting what we deserve?

on July 07, 2016, at 3:28 p.m.
People who are okay with things not making sense get and deserve political leaders who don’t make sense.
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The world’s first full-scale floating wind turbine, installed by StatoilHydro and Siemens, is located approximately 7 miles off the southwest coast of Norway at a water depth of about 721 feet.

Maine blew a chance to attract foreign investment for wind energy

By Jack Cashman on July 07, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
OpEd: It’s hardly a “proud moment” for Maine.
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What the US can learn from the Brexit

By Kenneth Hillas on July 07, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
The most tangible impact of Brexit may be found in the financial arena.
DANA MILBANK
Secret Service agents stand guard as President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) arrive together aboard Air Force One to hold a campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 5, 2016.

No ‘reasonable person’ can disagree with Jim Comey

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 07, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
OpEd: Jim Comey knows how to spin a yarn.
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Vanessa Carini (left), Katie Hoar (center), both residents of Wellspring, and Adam Thiesen, organizer at Food AND Medicine, shovel dirt to fill the raised bed vegetable gardens on June 8 at the Bangor Area Recovery Network in Brewer.

Recovery can take a community. My recovery from alcoholism did.

By Heather Denkmire on July 06, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
Heather Denkmire: Having a supportive recovery community has made an enormous difference for me. I’m grateful for all the people doing the work of creating recovery communities in Maine today.
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Maine kids need a strong economy to grow to be tomorrow’s leaders

By Archie Verow on July 06, 2016, at 10 a.m.
OpEd: Let’s make it our top priority to come together around bipartisan solutions to improve the economy and make life better for working Mainers, young and old, today and into the future.
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More Maine children live in poverty, fewer get help. We should expect the opposite.

By Rita Furlow on July 05, 2016, at 1:28 p.m.
OpEd: If we want Maine children to thrive, we need to reduce the number of children living in poverty. That starts with supporting and properly administering effective anti-poverty programs, while creating an economy that works for everyone.
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A worker operates a machine at the D'Addario & Co. string-making plant in Farmingdale, New York, Dec. 6, 2013.

Why we should root for a manufacturing resurgence: Nations that build things build wealth

By Christy Roix Daggett on July 05, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
OpEd: One bright spot in this unending campaign season is that American manufacturing has been brought to the front and center of the political debate.
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Romanian-born Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel attends a symposium of Jewish-Hungarian solidarity in Budapest's parliament, Dec. 9, 2009.

Elie Wiesel’s undying message: Don’t just memorialize. Act.

By Sara J. Bloomfield, Special to The Washington Post on July 05, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
OpEd: For him, memory was sacred but it also had to have a purpose. He saw the museum as a unique moral platform that would serve as an antidote to one of the world’s gravest problems: indifference.