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Voters must remember Rep. Poliquin’s health care vote

By Dennis Chinoy on May 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
OpEd: U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin provided a critical vote to pass a new health care bill that guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It allows insurance companies to charge older patients five times more than younger ones. It eviscerates Medicaid.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

How did a bunch of Christians come up with the AHCA?

on May 09, 2017, at 8:16 p.m.
Politicians love to profess their faith when they’re running for office, but once they’re in there …
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An ill wind blows in Augusta

By Philip Conkling on May 09, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
The governor and his Energy Office have not only damaged Maine’s reputation among investors, but they have also elevated NIMBY-ism into a state policY.
KATHLEEN PARKER
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House after the House pushed through a health care bill.

The win-win twins

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 09, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
Actors Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump are like twins separated at birth. Both became rich and famous — by hook in one case and by whatever in the other — each to his own mind born to win.
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A graduate with their debt amount on their hat makes her way to the stage to receive her diploma during the 150th anniversary year graduation at the University of Maine in Orono, May 9, 2015.

Can the middle class afford college?

By Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post on May 09, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
If colleges don’t begin to also focus on middle-income families, they will end up with campuses bifurcated by income that don’t reflect the economic diversity of the United States.
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Andrew MacLean, deputy executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, voices his organization's support for Medicaid expansion at the State House Welcome Center in Augusta in 2014.

Maine’s failure to expand Medicaid is costing us lives

By Flavian Mark Lupinetti on May 09, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
Congratulations, governor. He has made himself a greater menace to Maine than heroin, prescription opioids, methamphetamine and cocaine combined.
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Residents of the Knox County towns of Union and Appleton received flyers purporting to be from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in November 2016.

In absence of diversity, stereotypes take hold in Maine

By Jordan LaBouff and Andrew Tomer on May 09, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
We can look for any opportunity in our daily lives to cooperate with people unlike ourselves on equal terms towards common goals.
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Children have unique personalities, backgrounds and learning needs.

Ceiling tiles are replaceable. Lost educational opportunities are not.

By Tamara Ranger on May 08, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
Maine voters get it. They know ceiling tiles are replaceable, but lost educational opportunities for our children are not.
GWYNNE DYER
President Donald Trump gives a joint statement with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The ‘peace process’ is still dead

By Gwynne Dyer on May 08, 2017, at 8:25 a.m.
Like other U.S. presidents before him, Donald Trump invited the current Palestinian leader to the White House and told him there was a “very good chance” of a peace settlement between Israel and a soon-to-be-independent state called Palestine.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Trump’s not the only American with a loose grasp on history

on May 08, 2017, at 8:11 a.m.
In order for our country to survive long enough to enjoy the benefits that scientific and technological innovations may bring, a firm grasp of the liberal arts is more necessary now than ever.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S. May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump: ‘Normalized’ but still scary

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 07, 2017, at 6:43 p.m.
“I simply view President Donald Trump as the Wizard of Oz.”
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I was raped. Thanks to Republicans, I could be denied insurance for surviving.

By Carly Mee, Washington Post on May 05, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
Many rape survivors cannot pay the significant expenses incurred in the aftermath. They need assistance without being forced to pay a premium for their trauma and denied coverage altogether. Lawmakers have a responsibility to reject bills that inappropriately rely on our status as survivors to diminish our worth.
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Detroit native U.S. Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, left, the first Muslim elected to Congress, introduces U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7, 2016.

It’s time for Muslim Americans to do politics as other minorities do

By Alia Salem, The Washington Post on May 05, 2017, at 8:25 a.m.
“Our system rewards communities when we use our resources to amplify our voice in the political process.”
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Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney is shown on a monitor speaking about the budget agreement reached by Congress during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, May 2, 2017.

Budget deal still gives us a shutdown of sorts

By Jay Ambrose, Tribune News Service on May 04, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
Minus change, we’ll have debt payments and entitlements gobbling up every nickel of federal revenue, leaving nothing for anything else.
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This bill could take away from Maine voters a powerful tool to hold politicians accountable

By Joshua Spivak on May 04, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
As Maine’s experience shows, when the recall is deployed, it is a powerful weapon. But a recall with a malfeasance standard requirement is rarely used.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. Representative for Illinois's 9th congressional district Jan Schakowsky speaks during a protest of the treatment of Dr. David Dao, who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on Sunday by the Chicago Aviation Police, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., April 11, 2017.

Airlines abuse passengers, and Washington weighs a crackdown on passengers

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 04, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
“The abuses of the unfettered airline industry and Washington’s refusal to do anything about them are typical.”
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The Pirate Festival in Eastport has become an annual affair for the Maine community on Passamaquoddy Bay.

Why Down East Maine is the ultimate marine tourism destination

By John Ames on May 04, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
“Passamaquoddy Bay, shared between Maine and New Brunswick, enjoys comparable beauty and history. This shared bay is one reason why Maine and New Brunswick promote the ‘Two Nation Vacation’ for our region in its entirety.”
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Thank you, Gov. Kasich

on May 03, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
I know it sounds crazy, but when Kasich speaks, I hear echoes of Dr. King.
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Maine can do this one thing to guarantee the protection of women’s rights

By Nancy Murdock on May 03, 2017, at 8:37 a.m.
If you think American men need their rights protected under the law, they are. If you think American women have those same protected rights, you are mistaken. They do not.
HEATHER DENKMIRE
If passed, the Healthy Maine Act could eliminate annoying deductibles and costly co-pays.

With no deductibles or expensive co-pays, everyone wins

By Heather Denkmire on May 03, 2017, at 6:13 a.m.
The intention of the “Healthy Maine Act,” LD 1274, is to change our health care system from one dependent on private insurance companies into one that is publicly funded.