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Nongnud “Nud” Simmons, 52, of Thailand, waves to her family and friends after she was sworn in as an American citizen at the Federal Building in Bangor. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison presided over the naturalization ceremony where twenty-seven people from twenty-one different countries took the Oath of Allegiance.

What immigrants to Maine can teach us about civics

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 03, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
The celebration after 27 immigrants became U.S. citizens in Bangor was a welcome break from news of political divisiveness and hate, and gave us a chance to remember the principles that make our country go.
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U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Trump’s climate change order sends message to the world that the US is no longer a responsible actor

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 01, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
Trump’s gutting of climate change policies is uninformed, unnecessary and dangerous.
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In 2013, Gov. Paul LePage decided against applying for up to $37 million in federal funds that Maine could have used to bolster early childhood education.

LePage’s responsibility is first to Maine people, not to shrinking the federal deficit

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 31, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
In too many instances, the LePage administration’s ideologically motivated rejection of federal funds has amounted to the state turning its back on its own people who could use the help.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration in the House last week because he didn't have enough Republican votes to pass it.

Obamacare could implode or explode if Trump tries to undermine — rather than fix — it

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 30, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.
The Affordable Care Act needs tweaks, but it will neither implode nor explode if Congress takes reasonable steps to improve it.
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The USS San Juan is undocked after an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Maine workers can't access the facility because their driver's licenses don't comply with the federal Real ID law.

Mainers are hurt by the state’s Real ID defiance. Legislature should fix it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 29, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Maine should join other states in moving forward with upgrades to driver’s licenses to comply with federal standards.
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Wendy Harrington checks her paperwork at the Weald Bethel Food Pantry in Cherryfield on Dec. 20.

LePage’s food stamp policies have ensured food pantry lines will keep growing

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 28, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
The LePage administration isn’t finished with its efforts to make it harder for people to eat.
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Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, pushes Ora Bartlet to the dining hall before breakfast on Feb. 28.

Would you want to deal with so much death? Give CNAs a raise

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 27, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
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Democratic women in Congress arrive for a rally during the Day Without a Woman on International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Policymaking suffers when there are no women in the room

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 25, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Having more women in government isn’t about eliminating unflattering photos or ending uninformed, embarrassing comments. It is about crafting better policies and laws for all Americans.
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Thousands of visitors, including this group from the Bangor YMCA, have been to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument since it was created in August.

The Katahdin monument is a great addition to Maine. LePage should stop fighting it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 23, 2017, at 7:19 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, but it’s already spurring economic activity in northern Maine.
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A truck delivers wood chips to a biomass plant in West Enfield last year. Loggers say they have not been paid for weeks for deliveries to two plants owned by Stored Solar.

As loggers get stiffed, Maine learns a lesson about propping up struggling industries

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 23, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
Longer term, we hope state lawmakers are more prudent when it comes to committing taxpayer dollars to risky ventures that put the interests of out-of-state companies ahead of Maine workers. This is especially true of Stored Solar’s proposal to build a biofuel center in East Millinocket.
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Caption Inmate jumpsuits at the Penobscot County Jail. More than two-thirds of the jail's inmates are awaiting court appearances.

Want to ease jail overcrowding? Don’t hold people for months before court appearances.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 22, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
If lawmakers are serious about reducing county jail overcrowding, reducing the pre-trial backlog must be part of the solution.
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Megan Stover sits at the kitchen table after dinner with her three daughters (from left) Andie, 5, Maddie, 10, and Nellie, 7, at their home in Scarborough.

Maine has a child care access problem and untapped resources to address it

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 21, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
Steep prices, coupled with millions of dollars in untapped resources, amount to a real access problem for Maine families with limited resources. It’s a problem the state could address — if only it had the will. And there would be a clear economic benefit to the state from enabling more parents to work.
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Dottie Ham, 80, opens her door to 32-year-old Caitlyn Gunn, a volunteer who delivers meals in the Bangor area for the Meals on Wheels program.

There is nothing compassionate about Trump’s budget proposal

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 20, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.
All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation have expressed concerns about the budget plan.
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Pedestrians cross Harlow Street in Bangor.

If you want to decrease pedestrian fatalities, get more people out walking

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
Although the number of traffic fatalities has declined in Maine over the decade between 2006 and 2015, the number of pedestrian fatalities has not.
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Gov. Paul LePage says the Obama administration decertified the Riverview Psychiatric Center as “political retaliation.” He said the Trump administration would recertify the hospital.

Quality of mental health care in Maine doesn’t depend on who is in the White House

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 17, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Riverview should be recertified because the state has resolved the problems that led to the decertification.
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Downsizing Maine’s bottle redemption program would be a recycling disaster

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 15, 2017, at 7:24 p.m.
Maine recycles more beverage containers per capita than any other state through a program that has been in place since 1978.
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A woman looks at a roller coaster sitting in the ocean after Hurricane Sandy, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Nov. 28, 2012.

This is no time to sow doubt about climate change

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 15, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
This is not a time to sow doubt about climate change. It’s a time to figure out how to make substantial, long-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also preparing for a time of rising temperatures and sea levels. Pruitt’s tenure at the EPA could set America on a dangerous course backward.
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C., March 8, 2017.

Failed promise: Republican health care plan would leave millions more without insurance

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 14, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
52 million people would lack insurance in 2026 compared with 28 million if the ACA remained in place.
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The Maine House of Representatives

3 ways to make Maine government more open

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 13, 2017, at 10:52 a.m.
It’s especially important for people to have insight into how spending decisions are being made given Gov. LePage’s limited communication to legislators and members of the media.
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Republicans want to undo a rule that protects taxpayers and the environment

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 11, 2017, at 8:24 a.m.
A regulation that protects taxpayers, improves the environment and could save corporations money sounds like a winning combination. But not with this Congress.