A Brief Observation of Marriage Equality on Valentine’s Day

on Feb. 13, 2015, at 6:05 a.m.
Guest Article By: Matt McDonald On June 26th, 2013 I was having lunch in my favorite downtown Bangor, Maine restaurant with my dear friend Greg. Greg and I were engaging in conversations about being leaders of communities of faith, about different perspectives of theology, and about how the Supreme Court …

A Katahdin-area national park could work, if locals have a say

By Kathy Gagnon on Feb. 12, 2015, at 11:18 a.m.
For the past 10 years, I have fought against a national park in the Katahdin area. I was concerned that federal control of land effectively would prohibit the operation of the mills or other industrial businesses that might come to the area. I feared that if we didn’t hang on …
Chairman of the Armed Forces Committee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington February 11, 2015.

John McCain sees a world on fire

on Feb. 12, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.
John McCain toiled for 28 years in the Senate before he finally won the chairman’s gavel of the Armed Services Committee last month. Now he’s making up for lost time. The 78-year-old Arizona Republican strode quickly into Tuesday’s hearing of the committee — the ninth he has had in three …

Legislature To Again Consider Constitutional Carry

on Feb. 12, 2015, at 9:54 a.m.
Once again, Maine will be considering a Constitutional Carry bill. LR-280 is being sponsored by Senator Eric Brakey (R-New Gloucester) and if passed, would legalize carrying a firearm without a permit. This legislation will likely prove controversial, but is a no-brainer if you’re a fan of the law and supporter …
NBC news anchor Brian Williams (left) and TV personality Jon Stewart make an appearance on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, a Red Cross telethon on NBC to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 2, 2012.

Millennials are losing their Walter Cronkite

By Alex Steed on Feb. 12, 2015, at 9:32 a.m.
Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” is akin to the millennial generation losing its Walter Cronkite. The news of Stewart’s pending departure broke Tuesday at almost the same time we learned NBC “Nightly News” would suspend anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay because of his helicopter snafu. …

Legalizing Pot Is About More Than Just Pot

on Feb. 11, 2015, at 2:55 p.m.
The marijuana debate will no doubt be heating up with news that Legalize Maine has submitted paperwork for a 2016 ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Legalize Maine is a Maine organization, without any ties to national or out-of-state special interest groups, that seeks to bring this important question to …
NASA's DHC-3 Otter plane flies in Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys of mountain glaciers in Alaska in this image released Sept. 18, 2014.

Answer to climate change is not continued environmental exploitation

By Robert Shetterly on Feb. 11, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
I found the Feb. 1 BDN OpEd by Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, and Darryl Lyon, lieutenant colonel of the Maine National Guard, odd, disquieting, contradictory and alarming. The article was titled “Maine is a leader in confronting climate change in the High North.” …

Why I quit the Republican Party

By Vic Berardelli on Feb. 11, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
I awoke Wednesday as a GOP state committeeman and member of the Republican Liberty Caucus National Board. By mid-morning, I had unenrolled from the Republican Party and released the shackles of institutional loyalty to become a free-thinking independent voter. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I did not leave my party, my …
NBC news anchor Brian Williams makes an appearance during "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," a Red Cross telethon on NBC to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy, the storm that killed more than 100 and devastated parts of the U.S. Northeast, in New York, Nov. 2, 2012.

Brian Williams’ six-mile stare

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Feb. 10, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams — and tougher times for journalism. The NBC newsman is off the air while the network is “gathering the facts” about charges that he misremembered or conflated wartime incidents he reported on from Iraq and Israel. He has also come under scrutiny …
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lamar Alexander (RTN) make their way to the Senate chamber to vote on a series of amendments on the bill to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline on Capitol Hill in Washington January 21, 2015.

With the potato, the BDN gets it wrong on all fronts

By Susan Collins on Feb. 10, 2015, at 12:33 p.m.
Yet another expert study, this time by the Institutes of Medicine, has recommended that the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) federal nutrition program include the affordable, healthy, and nutritious fresh white potato. But the BDN’s Feb. 6 editorial on this issue criticizes my role in pushing the U. S. Department …

How raising the minimum wage helps everyone

By Andy Schmidt on Feb. 10, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
Classic economics argues that raising the minimum wage always leads to greater unemployment, because at a higher wage price there will be less demand for labor, and therefore excess supply. I’d pay the kid next door $7 an hour to rake leaves so I could watch football, but if I …
A measles vaccine is seen at Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California February 5, 2015.

Seeking a vaccine for ignorance

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Feb. 10, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
Flashback: Galileo is under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun. We find this historical anecdote preposterous today, but people were persecuted for lesser heresies in Galileo’s time. Though we are now centuries removed from …

Maine schools can do more to engage parents effectively to help students learn

By Janet Fairman and Craig Mason on Feb. 09, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
“Parent Engagement” is a buzzword used frequently in the education world, and it’s a goal for most schools and districts. There is a widely held belief that involving parents in their children’s education will reap positive outcomes for student learning. Most often people think about parent engagement in terms of …
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 Republican White House hopeful, leaves Murphy's Diner after speaking to a group of state legislators in Manchester, New Hampshire Jan. 14, 2015.

Rand Paul’s uninformed scare-mongering on Fed audit

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg News on Feb. 09, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
See if you can spot the errors in Sen. Rand Paul’s push to audit the Federal Reserve, which he laid out Friday in Des Moines: “Anybody here want to audit the Fed?” the Kentucky Republican asked from the stage. “Anybody feel that the Fed’s out to get us?” “They’d be …
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is pictured on newspapers at a kiosk in Athens February 9, 2015.

Is Greece Europe’s first domino?

By Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg News on Feb. 09, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
What you make of Greece’s predicament depends on how you think it happened. Greece was either a drug addict whose wealthy friend and enabler loaned it money to buy recreational pharmaceuticals; now, the friend is demanding its money back even though Greece is broke, jobless and trying to kick its …
Adion Gjini, 23, kisses a cross after winning a competition to retrieve it from the water during Orthodox Epiphany day celebrations in the Adriatic sea, in city of Durres, January 6, 2015. As part of the day's celebration, the town's youths run through the waters of the Adriatic sea to mark the baptising of Christ in River Jordan, to wash away their sins and to protect the town's folk from disease.

Belief related to control

By Gwynne Dyer, international correspondent on Feb. 09, 2015, at 10:50 a.m.
With religion at the center of much of world news of late, it’s interesting to explore the rate of belief around the world. According to a large survey carried out in the United Kingdom by professor David Voas of the University of Essex, more than half of British men now …
Emanuel Gonzales, 19, (left) and Emanuel Perez, 17, (right) carry home-baked cakes for sale on the streets of downtown Havana Jan. 9. Despite more than five decades of hostility between Washington and Havana, and Cuba's Cold War alliance with the Soviet bloc of communist countries, many Cubans admire U.S. culture even if they oppose its politics and the long trade embargo against their country. Following President Barack Obama's historic shift in Cuba policy last month, the two governments meet on Wednesday and Thursday to set about restoring diplomatic relations.

Cuba embargo hasn’t brought freedom to Cubans, but maybe US policy change will

By J. Mark Worth on Feb. 08, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
Pope Francis, Obama, and Castro — no, that’s not the beginning of a joke. Pope Francis has again used his moral authority as head of the world’s largest Christian denomination, this time to bring together Raul Castro and Barack Obama, helping to open diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United …
Jordan's Queen Rania (center) offers her condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at their family home of Muath in the city of Karak Feb. 5. Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants, while below them King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

Does the Islamic State’s barbarism have a logic?

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Feb. 08, 2015, at 7 a.m.
Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot? I wouldn’t underestimate the absence of logic, the sheer depraved thrill of a triumphant cult reveling in its barbarism. But I wouldn’t overestimate it either. You don’t overrun …

Do clothes really make the person?

on Feb. 07, 2015, at 8:53 p.m.
A half-century ago, President Dwight Eisenhower observed: “When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions you accept.” He should have known something about the subject after four decades as an Army officer. While military uniforms can be an obvious source at which to point in considering occupational attire, …

Why I’m proposing a higher minimum wage for Bangor

By Joe Baldacci on Feb. 07, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
I am calling attention to the minimum wage because it is about basic economic fairness. Over a tenure of four terms on the Bangor City Council, including a term as mayor, I have strongly and actively supported tens of millions of dollars — if not over $100 million — in …
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