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Kerry Simes, an inmate at the York County Jail in Alfred, runs a container of prision uniforms through a hallway to the laundry area as part of her job.

The dangers of keeping parents behind bars when it’s unnecessary

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 30, 2016, at 12:52 p.m.
Many adults in Maine are being held for a failure to post bail or pay fines, a Catch-22 situation that leaves low-level offenders stuck in jail.
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Frozen Meals on Wheels to be delivered in Belfast in March 2015.

DHHS should check the law, then rethink its plans to put Meals on Wheels out to bid

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 29, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
We have our doubts that DHHS can squeeze more efficiencies out of a decades-old, volunteer-driven system that delivers more than 800,000 meals each year to almost 18,000 people across the state at an average cost of $7.44 per meal.
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Sweden has petitioned the European Union to ban imports of American lobster after the crustaceans have appeared off the country's coast.

Why Sweden’s call for an American lobster ban is an overreaction

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorials: Sweden needs to do a better job of enforcing its own laws within its own borders before asking for the drastic measure of banning all North American lobster from all of Europe, which would mean the elimination of a trade worth nearly $200 million annually.
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Narcan, or naloxone hydrochloride, can be administered intravenously or through an inhaler and is used to restore respiratory functions after an opioid overdose.

Lawmakers can save the lives LePage has devalued

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2016, at 11:22 a.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill to make the overdose-reversing drug naloxone more readily available betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of addiction.
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Research assistant Heather Fairfield works in a lab at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Maine devotes only 1 percent of its GDP to research and development, well below the national average.

Measures of Stagnation: Years of tracking show Maine isn’t making the progress it needs

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 26, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
For 22 years, the Maine Economic Growth Council has issued a report optimistically called “Measures of Growth.” As this year’s version highlights, the annual publication would be more aptly named Measures of Stagnation.
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This picture of Garrett Brown, made into an ornament, was one of the last pictures Trudy Kopyc took of her nephew.

There’s something each of us can do about Maine’s addiction crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 25, 2016, at 10:35 a.m.
While solving Maine’s addiction crisis is a seemingly insurmountable challenge, there’s no chance it will be solved without all chipping in as they are able.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (left) and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential candidate debate at Brooklyn Navy Yard, April 14, 2016.

How to judge Sanders and Clinton’s plans to make college more affordable

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 24, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
So, what do low-income students need? It’s not as simple as free tuition for all.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife, Melania, gives during an interview on NBC's 'Today' show in New York on Thursday, April 21.

Trump’s transgender bathroom common sense challenges the GOP

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 22, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
Trump demonstrated that he sees the humanity in transgender people in a way Maine Gov. Paul LePage does not.
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Maine robs patients of addiction treatment as feds stress greater fairness

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 21, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
The lifetime limits on Suboxone and methadone are clear violations of the principles of parity and equity.
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Rose M. Gaffney One Voice students Ryan Conley (left) and McKenna Harriman check out a large metal anti-smoking sign from the Partnership for Tobacco-Free Maine on Dec. 4, 2015, in Machias.

A widening life expectancy gap between rich and poor, and the consequences for Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 20, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
The life expectancy gap between rich and poor Americans has quintupled in the last 40 years. The culprits, according to recent studies, are smoking and prescription painkillers.
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A sample photo EBT card is seen on April 28, 2014.

Democrats had a chance to actually reform welfare, but they squandered it

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 19, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
In the end, Maine’s poorest families have access to a mediocre assistance program at best without any hope of it strengthening. Both of the state’s political parties, meanwhile, have an easy, but empty, political line to sell this fall about taking a stand against the mere perception that there’s widespread abuse of Maine’s assistance programs.
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The Campbell Soup Co. announced in March that it would stop using bisphenol A, or BPA, in its cans by the middle of 2017.

The consumer game of whack-a-mole with chemical dangers

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 18, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Campbell Soup Co.’s decision to stop using BPA in the lining of canned food was welcome announcement, but it inadvertently highlights the shortcomings of U.S. chemical regulations.
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Bill Beardsley

If Beardsley can’t survive legislative scrutiny, he can’t be LePage’s education chief

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 17, 2016, at 10:21 a.m.
It’s a disgrace that LePage refuses to follow through with the nomination process for a new education commissioner — as Maine’s Constitution intends and as Maine law clearly spells out.
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Hayden Taylor enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break in Bangor in this May 2015 file photo.

Why Portland should set the tobacco purchase age at 21

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 15, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
Raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 can be an important step in reducing smoking rates and improving the health of people in Portland.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage has given up on stemming Maine’s drug crisis. Luckily, lawmakers haven’t

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 14, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage says he’s given up on working to ease the state’s drug crisis. Fortunately, lawmakers are still at work on the issue — and the governor’s lack of involvement could lead to a better outcome.
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A sample question from the Grade 7 math portion of the Maine Educational Assessment produced by the New Hampshire organization Measured Progress.

A new year, a new standardized test, the same need to make it useful

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 13, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Another year, another standardized test, another round of startup difficulties.
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Gov. Paul LePage

What’s the governor’s role in job creation? According to LePage, none.

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 12, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
The governor showed that, to him, adherence to ideology is more important than actually improving the lives of his fellow Maine residents.
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LePage’s double violation on child care safety

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 11, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
A bill explicitly requiring the LePage administration to comply with the fingerprinting provisions of federal law is making its way through the Legislature. Lawmakers shouldn’t need this bill, but a governor with no respect for state and federal laws — and apparently little regard for the safety of the state’s youngest residents — leaves them little choice.
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University of Maine System Chancellor James Page (right), University of Maine President Susan Hunter and University of Maine interim president Stuart Swain in April.

Campus partnerships a step toward what Maine’s university was meant to be

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 09, 2016, at 10:45 a.m.
If the Machias and Orono partnership works, the University of Maine System could apply it to its other small campuses.
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The U.S. Capitol dome is pictured in the pre-dawn darkness in Washington, Oct. 18, 2013.

There’s no point to anti-heroin legislation if there’s no money

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 08, 2016, at 6:42 a.m.
Editorial: The U.S. Senate took a welcome turn last month in favor of treating the nation’s opioid addiction crisis for what it is — a matter of public health.