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Acadia National Park celebrates its centennial this summer.

Celebrate Acadia’s centennial with a new monument in Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 07, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Editorial: It would be fitting to celebrate Acadia’s centennial by preserving a small piece of Maine’s famed North Woods.
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Families who use SNAP benefits to buy food now can receive Maine Harvest Bucks incentives to use at the Ohio Street Farmers Market and dozens of farmers markets across the state.

Want people to eat healthier? Support farmers, local food programs

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 06, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorial: If the governor is truly concerned with improving the eating habits of Mainers, poor or not, he’d tout these efforts in his frequent town hall meetings and include some state funding for them in his budget proposals.
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U.S. Sen. Angus King speaks in Bangor, Feb. 19, 2016.

Angus King’s anti-poverty bill responds to real problems with the nation’s safety net

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 05, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
Editorial: Sen. Angus King recently introduced legislation that responds to many of these flaws in the nation’s 20-year-old welfare reform law.
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (center) signs autographs for supporters during his campaign rally on Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

What Trump didn’t talk about when he came to Bangor

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 04, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
Editorial: Only in the race for the most powerful position on earth is there so much excitement centered on so little substance.
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Bangor Fourth of July fireworks are seen from Brewer in this July 2015 file photo.

Happy Independence Day

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 03, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
Read an excerpt from the document the Fourth of July holiday is about.
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A statue of George Washington, the first president of the United States, is seen in Washington, Oct. 1, 2013.

How a long-ago warning about subverting the ‘power of the people’ is still relevant

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 01, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Editorial: The address holds an important reminder for us today: to put aside slight differences in religion, politics and habits and unite over the important values of liberty and independence.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage creates more problems with unnecessary executive order

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 30, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has no shortage of insults for legislators, but his contempt for them doesn’t negate their constitutional responsibility to write laws and fund programs.
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Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan

Why it matters that the Supreme Court upheld gun ban for domestic abusers

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 29, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
When a gun is present, domestic violence victims are at greater risk of emotional and physical harm and death. The court’s upholding of the Lautenberg Amendment prevents a dangerous rollback of protections for domestic violence victims.
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Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks in South Portland, Jan. 5, 2015.

Maine diverted millions in welfare funds, and Mary Mayhew’s defense is absurd

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 28, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Either the department broke the law or it provided false documents. It’s not hard to see who’s offering the lopsided perspective.
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Paige Case, a chemical engineering undergraduate student at the University of Maine, works on the process of creating biofuel from waste wood.

LePage should support biofuels research, not enact pointless ethanol restrictions

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 27, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has turned his attention to the supposed dangers of ethanol in gasoline. Last week, he called for a state study of ethanol emissions and issued an executive order requiring state agencies to buy gasoline with only 5 percent ethanol. This is meaningless.
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A store in St. Louis, Missouri, indicates it accepts food stamp benefits.

With food stamp recklessness, LePage shows little respect for federal law, Maine’s poor

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 25, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage is so intent on keeping food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy sugary drinks and candy that, apparently, he’s willing to put food assistance benefits at risk for more than 190,000 Maine residents.
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Why Maine should follow Portland’s lead and raise tobacco purchase age

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 24, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
Editorial: Portland city councilors on Monday unanimously agreed to raise the city’s tobacco purchase age to 21. This is a smart move that should prompt state lawmakers to take similar action.
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The Pulse night club sign is pictured through a fence following the mass shooting there last week in Orlando, Florida, June 21, 2016.

Mass shootings are about isolation, anger — not religion or ethnicity

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 23, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
Editorial: Dividing Americans and pitting them against those who follow a different religious faith or come from a different ethnic background won’t make us safer. It will only make us more fearful, angry and isolated.
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Sen. Susan Collins speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016.

Collins offers hope for action on guns and reminds us there’s so much more to do

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 22, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
Collins is offering a path forward that, we hope, will build the momentum needed for more significant changes.
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Members of Maine's Native American tribes rallied outside the State House on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

It’s time for tribes, Maine to renegotiate terms of tribal sovereignty, state authority

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 21, 2016, at 12:59 p.m.
Editorial: The central point of contention is that the tribes and state have different views of where tribal sovereignty ends and state authority begins. Without resolving this fundamental issue, the cycle of disagreements and disengagement will continue, hurting the tribes and the state.
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan talks to reporters during an event to discuss the Republican Party's anti-poverty plan at House of Help City of Hope in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, June 7, 2016.

Paul Ryan has the wrong diagnosis for the nation’s welfare programs

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 20, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
Editorial: The House GOP’s anti-poverty policy paper speaks in broad terms about holding states accountable and measuring results of the federal government’s various anti-poverty efforts. But with a flawed underlying premise, the House GOP looks to be setting the stage for a disappointing history to repeat itself.
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Paddlers race to the finish at Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta in this July 2015 file photo.

Why the Penobscot River’s revitalization is just beginning

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 18, 2016, at 6:49 p.m.
The official Penobscot River restoration is now complete. The revitalization of the river is just beginning.
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Heroin and needles

Diseases are on the rise in Maine, but the causes aren’t outside our borders

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 17, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Editorial: There is a lot to be alarmed about in the CDC infectious disease reports, and the governor is right to be concerned about rising infection rates. But falsely placing the blame on those seeking asylum in the U.S. won’t solve the problem.
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Nick Tucciarelli and his daughter, Campbell, visit a vigil for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Four direct ways to reduce gun violence

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 16, 2016, at 12:49 p.m.
Editorial: There will continue to be much hand-wringing and finger-pointing after the Orlando shootings. Following these four simple steps won’t end gun violence and won’t prevent all future mass shootings, but these simple steps can help reduce the carnage.
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Natural gas pipes seen in Lincoln, Feb. 27, 2014.

Maine needs more natural gas, but all of New England should commit to the solution

By The BDN Editorial Board on June 15, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Editorial: Maine ratepayers won’t necessarily benefit by paying up to $75 million per year to buy capacity in yet-to-be-built pipelines as a way to spur their construction.