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Gov. Paul LePage (second from right) marvels at the size of the large maple tree on the grounds of the governor's mansion in Augusta, March 10, 2010.

With a leadership void in Augusta, it’s up to voters to choose responsible legislators

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 07, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
Editorial: Voters have to do what their legislative leaders refused to do.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, on Aug. 31.

With a campaign based on a joke, it’s no wonder Trump can’t admit to reality

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 06, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
Editorial: Trump’s campaign is founded on policies — and a personality — that are jokes. It’s no wonder neither he nor his allies can admit to the reality of their dangerous consequences.
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Residents of the former Mountain View Youth Development Center practice wiring a building at the United Technologies Center in Bangor in 2011.

How the criminal justice system often fails poor children

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 05, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
There is room for improvement to ensure that justice for children emphasizes self-improvement over financial penalties.
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Local business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference at Fork and Spoon in Bangor in this June 2016 file photo.

Labor Day 2016: Wages and hot dogs on the menu

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 04, 2016, at 11:08 a.m.
Overcoming nearly static wages will take a lot more than the festivities planned for Labor Day, but helping workers to the fruits of their labors never has been a picnic.
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Bonnie Haghkerdar stands next to a photo of her daughter Ashley Angela Winchell, who died of an apparent drug overdose on Aug. 19, after the remembrance service for her daughter on Monday at the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor.

Praise doesn’t save lives in Maine’s opiate crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 02, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
Maine is falling well short of adequately addressing its addiction epidemic.
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Purple ribbons at the Spruce Run Woman Care Alliance's second annual Walk to End Abuse in Bangor in October 2013.

Why employers can’t ignore domestic violence

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 01, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
Editorial: A new report shows that violence against women also harms our economy, costing the United States nearly $5 billion per year.
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A member of the community wears a sign during a rally to show opposition to Gov. Paul LePage Tuesday in Capitol Park, across from the State House, in Augusta. Hundreds of people came out to listen to speakers and show support for LePage resigning from office.

LePage’s rhetoric of hate holds dire consequences for the future of Maine, politics

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 31, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Amid all the distasteful remarks, there has been a unifying theme — blaming others for Maine’s problems, and particularly immigrants and people of color.
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Bangor fire Capt. Greg Hodge, who works with the EMS division, checks the department's remaining stockpile of Narcan in July, finding that the supply has dropped from 10 packages -- a full case -- to five in the course of one day. "There was a time when we'd have to buy a case a year," he said. "Now it's a case a month."

Narcan will save lives today, but Maine can’t forget treatment for tomorrow

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 30, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorial: If Maine had a different governor, who didn’t hold the inexplicable opinion that naloxone just delays death, more people might be touting it as a wonder drug and rushing to get it to those with addiction and their loved ones.
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Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at  William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25.

The most viable way to hold LePage accountable? Censure, irrelevance

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Lawmakers need to address LePage’s fitness for office. They can’t simply allow behavior unbecoming of the governor’s office to slide by without consequence.
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Gov. Paul LePage

How to solve a drug crisis? Not by name calling, racial profiling

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 27, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
There were more fatal drug overdoses in Maine in the first six months of this year than in all of 2013.
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An Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts member gives a high-five to Faustina Millien 6, to open last year's American Folk Festival.

The folk festival needs you to go enjoy the music — and contribute to its future

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Editorial: To get in on the excitement, head downtown and enjoy the festivities.
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The Maine State House in Augusta

Maine will be recovering from LePage-induced damage for years. Recovery should start now.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 25, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Editorial: The LePage administration has been steadily chipping away at Maine’s public health infrastructure.
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Lucas St. Clair looks toward Mount Katahdin in 2013 at a lookout on land that became the Maine Woods National Monument on Wednesday.

Maine’s ‘valuable addition’ to national park system is ready for your visit

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 24, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Editorial: We don’t believe it will take 100 years to realize the value of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We thank the president for seeing the beauty, historical significance and promise of the nation’s newest monument and we thank the Quimby family for their generosity.
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Sen. Angus King speaks at the Process Development Lab at the University of Maine in Orono, July 29, 2016.

Administration’s refusal to cooperate on forestry product work is absurd

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Editorial: The team’s work is not done, so there is still time for LePage and his staff to join this needed effort.
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A mother who is 23-weeks pregnant with her first baby.

What legislators can do after questionable contracting of program for infants

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
In the absence of a collaborative spirit in Augusta, it will be up to the Legislature to, at a minimum, ensure questionable contracting doesn’t happen again.
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Assistant House Leaders Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, were among the 54 women in the Maine Legislature this session.

Why we should all want more women in Congress, the State House

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 20, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
We all benefit when government reflects our diversity, so we should all be concerned that women too often are on the political sidelines.
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Maine’s infant mortality rate is the highest in New England and among the highest in the country. It’s time for a serious look at how to reverse this trend.

More Maine infants are dying. State panel must be empowered to find out why

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 19, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
We don’t want the state meddling unnecessarily in the life of a family experiencing an unimaginably difficult time, but understanding this issue is crucial to preventing more deaths.
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Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks on Tuesday in his Portland office about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother, Adnan, had become radicalized in his Islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with the Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Politicians draw wrong conclusions from Adnan Fazeli’s life and death

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 18, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Fazeli’s story is troubling, but it does not suggest there is a widespread danger of Muslim radicalization in Maine.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump grimaces as he makes remarks Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at the Trask Coliseum on the campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C.

An exercise in taking Donald Trump at his word paints a frightening picture

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
In June, a team led by economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics took Trump’s statements — along with the little his campaign had in terms of published policies — at face value and assessed the long-term impact on the U.S. economy.
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A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

DHHS’ ever-changing plans for housing mentally ill are a cause for deep concern

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
It’s DHHS’ responsibility to offer more details before it moves forward with such a significant change at Riverview, so the public can be assured that the move is one based on improving patient care.