Editorials

 
EDITORIALS
Last week, Maine voters approved Question 1, legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

There’s a lot we don’t know about marijuana. That’s a danger as more states legalize it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 14, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Editorial: There is a crucial need for better understanding of the consequences of recreational marijuana use.
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Trump owes women a sincere apology and a pledge before he becomes president

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 13, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Before Trump takes office in January, he owes the women of this country an apology — not an apology that dismisses his dehumanizing behavior toward women as locker room banter, but a true apology.
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It’s too easy to get a referendum question on the ballot. Here’s what should change.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 11, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
It’s time to raise the standards for sending citizen-initiative ballot questions to voters.
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Austin Bemis, a senior at Hermon High School, holds a sign for fallen soldier Kristofer Ciraso in the Bangor Veterans Day parade, Nov. 11, 2015.

This Veterans Day, honor veterans by serving them better

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 10, 2016, at 1:43 p.m.
Editorial: This Veterans Day, please take a few minutes to thank a member of your family or a neighbor who served or is serving this country.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Vice President-elect Mike Pence applauds at their election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016.

Can America and Maine ‘bind the wounds of division’ after bitter campaign? We must

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
His victory is a belated wake-up call to both parties that America’s recovery from the Great Recession has been too slow.
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A fan waits in line for concessions at Progressive Field on July 26 in Cleveland.

It’s time for Cleveland to retire Chief Wahoo and the Indians name

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.
Editorial: We don’t mean to rub salt in the wound of Cleveland’s loss of the World Series, but it is time for the baseball team there to change its mascot and its name.
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Nearly 220,000 Maine residents have already voted. Make sure you join them.

Don’t just burden your friends with your opinion. Make it official at your polling place

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 07, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Participation is crucial in this election.
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Protesters hold signs to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus in the wake of the national attention brought by the Stanford rape case at the Stanford University commencement ceremony in Palo Alto, California, in this June 2016.

‘Victims are survivors’: Emily Doe speaks out about life after rape

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 06, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Women who are sexually assaulted are not victims, they are survivors “who are doing a hell of a lot more than surviving.”
Steady voter turnout at the Brewer Auditorium in 2012.

How the BDN came down on the 2016 ballot

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 04, 2016, at 9:03 a.m.
A summary of BDN endorsements.
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John Patrick, D-Rumford

Senate Democrats should be embarrassed by their ethics charade

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 03, 2016, at 12:24 p.m.
Editorial: When a new legislature convenes after next week’s election, members should get to work on a reform package aimed at limiting how political action committee proceeds can be spent.
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Fewer than half of Maine's private drinking water wells are tested for arsenic.

Too few people test their wells for arsenic, but they don’t need to wait for government help

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 02, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
More than half the state’s households that rely on well water have not had their wells tested for arsenic, which is prevalent in parts of Maine and has been linked to increased cancer risks and lower IQ scores.
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Howard Hill is the scenic backdrop to the State House, but also a large and diverse natural area in the middle of Augusta.

Land for Maine’s Future went back on its word. It’s now a poor partner for land conservation.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 31, 2016, at 12:22 p.m.
Editorial: A program that changes the rules and reverses decisions made years earlier has no credibility.
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Gov. Paul LePage

If privatization is so great, why won’t the LePage administration share information?

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 30, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
If the governor’s cost-saving initiatives are as effective as he claims, it’s time for him to prove it.
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Drought conditions have left the water level unusually low at Swan Lake, pictured here in late August, and other Maine waterways.

Despite its dire consequences, climate change was missing from presidential debates

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 28, 2016, at 8:53 a.m.
Debate organizers and moderators failed Americans by not asking Clinton and Trump to talk about — and defend — their diametrically opposed positions on climate change.
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Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew

Maine DHHS broke the law first, asked questions later

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 27, 2016, at 12:23 p.m.
Editorial: DHHS is committed to its political agenda, but the agency’s dishonesty and carelessness in carrying it out are beyond disgraceful.
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A pedestrian was killed after he was struck crossing Hammond Street in downtown Bangor in May 2015.

Pedestrian deaths set a record in Maine last year. We should all be outraged.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 26, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Editorial: The biggest rise in deaths happened among pedestrians and bicyclists.
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Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is pictured in a 2015 file photo.

Breaking federal law is not a normal way of managing federal money

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 25, 2016, at 11:14 a.m.
Editorial: If it wasn’t clear already, the LePage administration confirmed last week it has no interest in accountability or taking responsibility.
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Chicago Cubs fans hold up a sign as center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) walks back to the dugout during the fourth inning of game six of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

We are all Cubs fans now: Red Sox fans should sympathize with long wait for victory

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 24, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
The Red Sox drought has ended. Now, we cheer for the Cubs as they face the prospect of putting an end to nearly a century without a World Series victory.
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The LePage administration has quietly dissolved the Healthy Maine Partnerships -- 27 small, regional coalitions that have been responsible for promoting public health in local areas for the past decade and a half.

LePage should explain decision to dissolve public health groups

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 22, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Editorial: If the state of Maine has a plan to prevent more Mainers from using tobacco, becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol and contracting chronic diseases, it’s largely keeping it a secret.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a campaign rally in Portland in March.

Accept the election results, Donald. Voter fraud is almost entirely mythical

By The BDN Editorial Board on Oct. 21, 2016, at 10:28 a.m.
The fact is voter fraud is exceedingly rare.