Gov. Paul LePage flies an F-35 Lightning II simulator at a Pratt & Whitney employee appreciation event in North Berwick Friday morning. The Pratt a& Whitney facility manufactures the F-35's engine. LePage joked he would like to find the Press Herald building and "blow it up."

Hating newspapers isn’t good for business

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.
It’s no secret that Gov. Paul LePage doesn’t like the media, especially newspapers. He’s even threatened to blow up a couple. Then this week, the governor said the worst part of his life is that newspapers are still alive. First, the governor should count his blessings that this is the …
University of Maine at Machias President Cynthia Huggins (right) speaks with faculty and staff after announcing that she plans to step down at the end of the fall semester.

Leadership shake-up: What the University of Maine System needs

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 9:59 a.m.
With the announcement this week that Cynthia Huggins is stepping down as the president of the University of Maine at Machias, the top people at four of the University of Maine System’s seven campuses have moved on in the course of four months. Earlier this month, Allyson Handley announced she …
The Union Street bridge over Interstate 95 in Bangor as seen on Jan. 15, 2014.

Increased highway speeds in Maine: Why good drivers should be pleased

on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
Maine residents have surely noticed new speed limit signs on Interstate 95, which went up recently. In many places where the speed limit was once 65 mph, the maximum is 70 mph and, north of Old Town, 75 mph. Speed limit increases also have been made on parts of I-295, …
Kim Eggleston keeps her grandson, Joseph Golden, during the day while his parents are at work.

Worried about exposed outlets, accessible knives at day care? There’s a better way

on Aug. 27, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.
Many were concerned to learn of the deficiencies found at licensed child care providers in Maine after a 2013 audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General. In unannounced visits to child care providers, inspectors found the following: exposed outlets; an unprotected, active space …

Wiscasset moving backward; Redskin’s name not appropriate

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
For more than a decade, Maine has made great progress in removing offensive place names from the state’s landscape. Last week, the coastal town of Wiscasset took a large step backward by giving approval to a proposal to name a private road Redskin’s Drive. The 3-1 vote in favor of …
Lee Picker (right), 75, smiles after speaking at a Wednesday news conference in Brunswick, where Maine House Speaker Mark Eves announced a series of proposals designed to build more affordable housing for seniors and otherwise help them remain in their homes as they age.

Maine gets moving on an aging approach beyond nursing homes

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
Maine is home to one of the largest concentrations of baby boomers in the nation. Unsurprisingly, there’s an overwhelming desire among Maine’s older adults to remain home and independent as long as possible. But that can be a challenge in the state, where the quality of some of the oldest …
Jonesport-Beals basketball head coach Ordie Alley ready with his team before a game at the Bangor Auditorium in this February 2005 file photo.

Secrecy around Ordie Alley should end

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:29 p.m.
What should have been a night of pride and celebration for the new Maine Basketball Hall of Fame was clouded by the mystery of the man who wasn’t inducted into the hall on Thursday evening. Ordman “Ordie” Alley, the coach whose name was synonymous with Washington County basketball for decades, …
Debbie Jefferson visits her 11-month-old grandson, Kahmani Mims-Jefferson, at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago in this July 2012 file photo. Jefferson's daughter was six months pregnant when she was shot and killed in Marquette Park in August 2011.

Pregnant, abused and ignored

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
Of all crimes, beating a pregnant woman is a particularly heinous one. Women who are pregnant deserve and need extra emotional and physical support as they prepare for a major change in their lives. It’s a challenging-enough time without having to fear for their own and their fetus’ safety. What …
Blues singer Sister Monica Parker plays a gospel set on the Bangor Daily News Railroad Stage on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, during the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

Energize the Folk Festival, Bangor. Give generously

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
The stages and tents are up. Performers have arrived. Food is cooking. Beginning Friday evening, it’s time for you to head down to the Bangor Waterfront for the American Folk Festival. To continue its success, the festival needs you to go enjoy the music, food and arts — and to …
Protesters run when the police shoot tear gas on W. Florissant on Sunday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri.

5 ways the criminal justice system discriminates

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
The fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has once again raised debate about minority treatment by police. Whether the shooting was overtly racially motivated or not, one doesn’t have to look far to see racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Michael Brown, 18, was …
Eliot Cutler (right), an independent running for governor, stands by as Sen. Angus King endorses him at a press conference on Monday in Bangor.

For meaningful Cutler endorsement, King needed to say why Michaud is undeserving

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
Did U.S. Sen. Angus King give fellow independent Eliot Cutler needed momentum with his endorsement as Maine’s 2014 campaign for governor enters its home stretch and Cutler fights his way out of third place? That’s the hope for Cutler and his campaign. King is among Maine’s most popular politicians, and …
Rockport, Maine Media Workshops and College, Network Maine and GWI worked together during the past year to extend ultra-fast internet service to Rockport Village.

Out of the dark and into the digital age

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Maine has taken a small yet significant step toward the digital age, all thanks to Rockport’s recently unveiled municipal gigabit fiber-optic network, the first of its kind in the state. Maine has sorely lacked the leadership needed to bring fiber to every home from Kittery to Fort Kent. Much of …
Gov. Paul LePage (left) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with C&L Aviation CEO Chris Kilgour (right) during a brief tour of C&L Aviation on Tuesday in Bangor.

Landing jobs in Bangor was a team effort, not the sole doing of LePage or Michaud

on Aug. 16, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Success, the saying goes, has many fathers. Failure is an orphan. The success of C&L Aerospace, a Bangor-based aircraft repair and maintenance company, became the center of a political tug of war this week when Gov. Paul LePage and his New Jersey counterpart Chris Christie visited the facility. A tax …
Gov. Paul LePage leaves a packed auditorium at John Bapst High School on Dec. 6, 2013, after speaking about domestic violence.

LePage tackles NFL leniency with right attitude — fury

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
You might wonder what will actually help stop the plague of domestic violence. What policies will help? What amount of funding is needed? They’re valid questions. But after reading Gov. Paul LePage’s Aug. 12 letter to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, you might also remember another needed change: attitude. …
A University of Maine student celebrates after scoring during a game of oozeball during the Maine Day celebrations on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Although competition is encouraged, oozeball has no scoring, no formal rules and no winner.

Wicked daring tattoos and the monosyllabic: 6 suggestions for celebrating Maine Day

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
Move over, “Maine Day,” the day devoted to spring clean-up at the University of Maine. And move over, that other “Maine Day” when Maine is celebrated at Fenway Park. There’s a new Maine Day upon us. Gov. Paul LePage has proclaimed the third Saturday of each August “Maine Day,” a …

MaineCare should cover abortions

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 12:33 p.m.
Mention the word abortion, and everyone has an opinion. But regardless of what people think of abortion, it is legal — and has been since 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court said it is a constitutionally protected right for a woman to make the decision with her doctor. It also …
A Baltimore Orioles outfielder (rear) pours a bucket of ice water on third baseman Manny Machado (seated) as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge prior to a game against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Aug. 11.

#IceBucketChallenge: Pouring ice water on a good cause

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen them — the steady stream of videos of people dumping ice and water on their heads. The Ice Bucket Challenge has become a viral fundraiser for the ALS Association. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the challenge, a person or group …
Actor and comedian Robin Williams died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. He was 63.

Robin Williams, depression and truth in comedy

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 10:07 p.m.
The shock was palpable as the news spread late Monday: Comedic genius Robin Williams was dead. At the age of 63. Of an apparent suicide. Across cyberspace, fans expressed their adoration for the television and movie actor. But mostly they were sad and shocked. How could someone so funny have …
A statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's tragic heroine Evangeline stands outside the Acadian Village in Van Buren. Beginning this Friday, Acadians and fans of all things connected to Acadia will gather on both sides of the St. John Valley for the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

The irony of anti-immigrant sentiment

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
Sometimes people let their fears of change and perceptions of the unknown drive their reaction toward new immigrants. The irony is that all states were shaped by people from other countries, and much of their future growth will be fueled by those who choose to make the U.S. their home. …
Gov. Paul LePage stopped by the Maine Technology Institute's TechWalk event in November 2013.

Why Maine should be committed to the Maine Technology Institute

on Aug. 09, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
When it comes to investing in research and development at businesses, nonprofit organizations and universities that can lead to commercial successes and jobs, Maine is a laggard. The total research and development investment in Maine in 2011 amounted to about 1 percent of the state’s gross domestic product, placing it …
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