Lighted paper bags stand as memorials to those lost at a drug overdose victims' vigil in Portland's Monument Square.

How Maine can address the trauma that so often leads to addiction

By Cara Courchesne on Oct. 03, 2016, at 11:11 a.m.
As a culture, we don’t have a narrative for what happens in the aftermath of a sexual assault.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, Sept. 26, 2016.

This is an election when facts, logic and history don’t matter

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Oct. 02, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
This campaign is sinking to somewhere between zany and totally insane. Is there a bottom?

Government is what made America great. Poliquin should take his fear of it elsewhere.

By David Labrecque on Oct. 02, 2016, at 10:06 a.m.
Poliquin’s frustrations morphed into a passion for the tea party creed shared by Donald Trump and Poliquin’s “good friend” Gov. Paul LePage.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils his plans to colonize Mars during the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sept. 27.

Why would anyone want a one-way ticket to Mars?

By Elaine Ou, Bloomberg on Oct. 02, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Mars is not exactly prime real estate. The average temperature is negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Bangor-area resident wears a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt during a vigil on July 13, 2016, in honor of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, and police officers killed at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

I’ve waited half a century for us to have this conversation on white privilege

By Julia Hathaway on Oct. 02, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
OpEd: I believe the Black Lives Matters movement calls on us to acknowledge our white privilege and its unfairness.

Unaddressed mental illness is a danger for Maine youth. I know because I survived that struggle.

By Roger Merchant on Oct. 01, 2016, at 7:37 a.m.
OpEd: Considering the facts of human life, youth with mental health issues are a vulnerable population in all communities from Fort Kent to Augusta to Kittery.

Rockland woman saves herself and gives us a lesson in self-defense

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 11:31 p.m.
It’s awesome to read a story about a young woman fighting ferociously and relentlessly to save herself!

6 tips for getting the best recommendation letters for college

By Scott E. Steinberg, Special to the BDN on Sept. 30, 2016, at 5 p.m.
We now begin to look ahead to your college admissions applications, starting with your letters of recommendation.

Here’s a way Maine can keep more babies alive

By Stephen Meister and Celeste Murtha on Sept. 30, 2016, at 10 a.m.
OpEd: We can and should do more to reduce Maine’s infant mortality rate.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sept. 28, 2016.

Trump is too much of a wacko bird to be an albatross

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
OpEd: There’s new evidence that attempts to tie other Republicans to Trump isn’t playing well — and it might even be hurting Democrats.
The outside of Diamonds Gentleman's Club seen early Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

You can’t strip dancers of the right to bare all

By Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View on Sept. 29, 2016, at 11:24 a.m.
OpEd: The women say that the law violates the right to self-expression.

Trump’s economic plan certainly won’t make America great again for workers

By Marianne Hill on Sept. 29, 2016, at 9:21 a.m.
OpEd: Trump’s economic plan rests on four planks: lower taxes, less regulation, renegotiated trade deals and fewer restrictions on energy production. But the devils lurk in the details.
Hagi Hagi, a refugee from Somalia, waves a flag after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen at Portland City Hall on June 17, 2016.

Immigrants bring strength and new perspectives to Maine. We should welcome their gifts.

By Keith Ludden on Sept. 29, 2016, at 8:50 a.m.
OpEd: Just as Shakespeare suggested centuries ago, we are well served to place ourselves in the shoes of others before we condemn. We should welcome the stranger and his or her gifts to our communities.
Violet Wedick (left) and her family.

My daughter was born a boy. Here’s why we’re just like any other Maine family.

By Emily Wedick, Special to the BDN on Sept. 29, 2016, at 7:05 a.m.
“Having a trans child means a lot more worry and more than a few awkward conversations when we run into people who we haven’t seen since before the transition, but it doesn’t change anything about how we operate as a family.”

Skimming through the Washington Post comment thread about our “unhinged” governor

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:24 p.m.
A favorite came from UJ who suggested LePage “needs to build a wall and make Connecticut and New York pay for it!”

Maine misses out when higher education remains unaffordable

By Susan Feiner and Flynn Ross on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
OpEd: It’s clear that a generation putting their lives on hold stifles community growth and development.
Alicia Machado at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on June 8, 2016. The former Miss Universe who has been insulted by Donald Trump, has emerged as a potent advocate for his current political opponent, Hillary Clinton.

What Donald Trump’s ‘Miss Piggy’ comment shows us about the sin of weight gain

By Danielle Paquette, Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.
OpEd: Though bullying a woman about her looks has never been socially acceptable, today’s world is increasingly body-positive.

Washington Post Editorial: Maine’s governor is completely unhinged

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.
Protester Tom Moran wears a papier-mache head of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a Trump supporter drives past, outside Hofstra University, the site of the Sept. 26 first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in Hempstead, New York.

Vote as you must to minimize evil in November, then work for a better world

By Michael Howard on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
OpEd: Vote as you must to minimize evil, then work for a better world.

Background checks are the best way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people

By Ed Tolan on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
OpEd: As a longtime police officer from a family of first responders, I strongly support a “yes” vote on Question 3 to require background checks on all gun purchases and transfers in Maine.