Christina and Cory Darveau with some of the hundreds of packets that they will send to police stations and high schools in Maine to bring attention to the T.A.Y.L.O.R. tags.

How a license plate letter could save some Maine teenagers’ lives

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 27, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
Christina and Corey Darveau have gone through the kind of grief no parent should have to. A year ago, their 15-year-old daughter Taylor Darveau was killed in a car crash in Bucksport. The driver, a fellow high school cheerleader, was, by law, not supposed to have Darveau in the car. …
Gov. Paul LePage fields questions from reporters Oct. 31 about his reaction to a recent court ruling lifting restrictions on Kaci Hickox, a Fort Kent nurse who worked with Ebola patients in West Africa.

Disdain for the law or dogged determination? LePage’s legally questionable agenda

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 25, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
At the end of October, Gov. Paul LePage’s administration filed a court petition in an attempt to keep nurse Kaci Hickox from visiting certain public places and from using public transportation. The petition also sought to bar Hickox, who had treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, from leaving Fort Kent …
This University of Southern Maine aerial photograph depicts the school's Gorham campus. USM also has campuses in Portland and Lewiston.

A $90 million projected deficit at Maine universities should be a call to action

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 24, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
It has been a tumultuous year for the University of Maine System. It has announced leadership changes at four of seven member institutions. Enrollment across the system has slipped another 2.5 percent since last year. And administrators have encountered fierce pushback as they have cut faculty positions and eliminated academic …
Undocumented immigrant Angela Navarro and her husband, Ermer Fernandez (left), along with other immigrants and supporters, watch President Barack Obama announce executive action on immigration, at the West Kensington Ministry church, in Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 2014.

Immigration reality vs. rhetoric: President acted because Congress has failed to

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 22, 2014, at 1:14 p.m.
By using his executive authority to protect more than 4 million immigrants in the country illegally and to further strengthen border security, President Barack Obama drew a necessary line in the sand Thursday. If you don’t like my solution, the president said to members of Congress, pass your own bill. …
Pipes for underground fuel transport for TransCanada Corp’s. Keystone XL pipeline lie in a field in Gascoyne, North Dakota on April 23, 2013.

Construction projects shouldn’t be decided by politics

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 21, 2014, at 9:43 a.m.
Congress has rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline by one vote. But does it matter? Sen. Angus King, depending on how you look at it, cast the deciding vote in the Senate to reject the nearly 1,200-mile long oil pipeline. His “no” vote doesn’t kill the project, but it puts it …
Gov. Paul LePage

If LePage wants Medicaid case before Supreme Court, he needs a credible case

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 20, 2014, at 1:21 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage thinks his administration’s bid to trim Maine’s Medicaid rolls even more than it already has is destined to be settled by the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. But he’s mistaken in thinking his administration is raising a compelling legal challenge to a federal law. “I …
Raw Maine shrimp.

Ignoring science will limit the Gulf of Maine to a bleak fisheries future

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 19, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
If you depend on fishing for a living, you’ve noticed a rapidly changing ocean ecosystem in the Gulf of Maine in recent years — the effects of climate change and the consequences of decades, if not centuries, of overfishing. The effects are devastating for fishermen who rely on traditional, cold-water …
Many Maine voters were outraged to receive letters — like this one, sent to the BDN by a reader — from a shadowy group that threatened to reveal the receiver's voting history to neighbors and friends. The group calls itself the "Maine State Voter Program," and includes a seal that mimics the insignias of official state agencies. Nearly identical social-pressure letters were sent by similar groups to voters around the country.

State shouldn’t help groups intimidate Maine voters

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 18, 2014, at 1:24 p.m.
Just before Election Day, many Mainers got an official-looking letter that threatened to make their voting habits public. Recipients who reached out to the state’s newspapers said they felt intimidated and that their privacy had been violated. The groups behind the mailer, the Maine State Voter Program and Be Counted …
About 2,000 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Oct. 17.

At FairPoint, a microcosm of what’s become of middle-class jobs

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 17, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
As the strike of 2,000 FairPoint Communications employees in northern New England stretches into its second month, the two sides at odds in the dispute find themselves in a bind brought on by major market transitions. It’s a reflection of a broader national conflict between economic competitiveness and survival of …
University of Maine students including Josceline Dupuis (center) participate in the 25th annual Take Back the Night rally and vigil on Oct. 6, 2009 in Orono to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence.

Changing culture on campuses: New UMaine System sexual violence policy stresses consent, reporting

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 15, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
University of Maine System trustees will consider a new policy on sexual harassment, dating violence and consent to sexual contact at their meeting on Monday. The policy, which is part of a national push to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, is a step forward, but it is the beginning …
Gov. Paul LePage

Taxing reality: Eliminating income tax can’t happen in a vacuum

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 14, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
Although he never touted it on the campaign trail, Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his desire last week to eliminate the state’s income tax so Maine can “compete with big states.” To make up for lost revenue, he’d expand the sales tax to more items. This is an idea worthy of …
Bucksport's mill closure has the potential of leaving hundreds without work.

Moves away from mill towns will continue. Preparation for what’s next in Maine is overdue

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 13, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.
The proposed acquisition of Old Town Fuel and Fiber is good news for the mill’s workers and a community that has been reeling from the mill’s previous closures and downsizing. The operation was last sold six years ago, and production has idled as ownership has changed. As time passes, Maine’s …
MIT economist Jonathan Gruber

Obamacare and manufactured outrage: What keeps a good law from working better

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 12, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
About 28 million Americans today have health insurance because of the provisions of the hyper-controversial Affordable Care Act. That’s the federal health care reform law that introduced online health insurance exchanges that have signed up more than 7 million people, allowed young adults up to age 26 to stay on …
A black bear walks through brush in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine voters and the three bear hunting methods: Not all are just right

on Nov. 11, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Voters last Tuesday rejected an effort by animal rights groups to ban the recreational trapping, hounding and baiting of bears in Maine. The margin of victory for the No on 1 camp, though, was smaller than polls predicted and not much different from a vote on essentially the same measure …
Staff Sgt. Christopher Stafford, 101st Air National Guardsman, visits the grave of Stafford’s longtime girlfriend, Jessica Wing, who took her own life in 2012. Military suicides exceeded combat deaths in 2012, the year Staff Sgt. Wing died while serving in Kuwait. The military since has made changes to address the problem.

Veterans Day: Honoring service members is year-round work

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
Last year, 47 Maine veterans took their lives. Averaged out across the United States, 22 veterans kill themselves every day. Among active-duty troops, suicides exceeded combat deaths in Afghanistan at several points in the United States’ more than decade-long engagement there. These statistics and the personal stories shared by BDN …
Gov. Paul LePage smiles while speaking at a Republican rally in Portland on Nov. 3.

LePage’s second-term priorities? Start off by acting on grudges

on Nov. 08, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
After a campaign during which Gov. Paul LePage divulged little about his plans for a second term, the newly re-elected governor on Thursday started to offer a taste of his second-term agenda. Unfortunately, a part of it appears more rooted in acting on a grudge than in passing sound policy. …
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks in October to the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee on Riverview Psychiatric Center funding.

Maine’s new leaders should make Riverview a priority

on Nov. 07, 2014, at 10:58 a.m.
With the election over, state leaders can return their attention to pressing state problems. The Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta must be near the top of the list. A new report, requested by Daniel Wathen, the retired Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice who oversees a consent decree that governs the …
Bangor residents cast their votes at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor Tuesday during Election Day.

The 2014 election’s winners and losers beyond the ballot

on Nov. 06, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Many of the winners of Tuesday’s election are obvious — Paul LePage and Bruce Poliquin, for example. Same for the losers — Mike Michaud and Democrats in general. But some winners and losers aren’t so visible, so here’s a partial rundown. Winners Democracy: Even after an early season storm knocked …
Mike Michaud concedes defeat in the governor's race early Wednesday morning in Portland.

This election should be the Democrats’ wake-up call

on Nov. 05, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has consistently ranked among the most unpopular governors in the nation. If this year’s Maine election were solely a referendum on his leadership, it should have been an easy contest for Democrats to win. Instead, the governor easily passed the test, and the vote tally in top-of-the-ticket …
Tom Pelletier Fort Kent chief of police (left) delivers groceries to Ted Wilbur, boyfriend of Kaci Hickox, Thursday evening at their home in Fort Kent. Hickox returned last week to the U.S. from West Africa, where she treated Ebola patients. She is fighting a 21-day home quarantine.

Ebola fear tamed in Fort Kent

on Nov. 04, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
There is a saying that the government closest to the people governs best. This was the case in Fort Kent last week, where local officials set a calm, rational tone when it became known that nurse Kaci Hickox would be coming to the northern Maine town after being released from …
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