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Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amid other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Jan. 29 in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "He needs a reality check," Marie McMonagle said.

Why we need to calm down about terrorism

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 07, 2017, at 1:31 p.m.
Donald Trump is taking a page out of the Republican playbook to use the threat of terrorism to scare — and, therefore, try to control — Americans.
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A marijuana plant in Hermon.

How to improve Maine’s marijuana law

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 06, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Lawmakers are right to want to fully consider this change, including allowing the public to weigh in.
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A deer in Oxbow, Maine

Maine needs a leader to step up for rural communities

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 04, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
No one is focusing on rural communities in the most rural state in the U.S. Maine needs someone to lead a state rural development council to do just that.
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A children’s toy can be seen in the waiting room of Bangor Public Health and Community Services.

There’s a sad reason behind this emerging consensus in Augusta

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 03, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
While the nation’s infant mortality rate has generally been on a downward trend, the trend in Maine has gone in the opposite direction.
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Sen. Susan Collins

Collins sets right standard with opposition to DeVos

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 02, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
This vote, as all cabinet confirmation votes, should not be about partisan politics.
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Sen. Jeff Sessions

Will Sessions enforce Trump’s travel order? Senators must know before they vote.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 01, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage isn’t likely to strengthen Maine’s multicultural office. But there’s no better time for it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 31, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
There is an opportunity — and need — to finally empower the office that has been overseeing the refugee resettlement program.
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Marie McMonagle (center) and her daughter Heather (right) stand amidst other protesters outside the Bangor International Airport on Sunday in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The Trump administration’s weekend of affronts to America

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 30, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Many refugees are fleeing murderous regimes and ISIS.
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People vote at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Nov. 8, 2016.

Voter fraud investigations have already happened. They don’t support Trump’s assertions.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 28, 2017, at 9:47 a.m.
People who purport to have evidence of election fraud, such as Trump and Gov. Paul LePage, confuse voter lists with actual voter fraud.
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Sen. Susan Collins has co-authored a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Collins’ Obamacare replacement is a mixed bag, but at least it’s a starting point.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 27, 2017, at 9:13 a.m.
Sens. Collins and Cassidy have opened the door to bipartisan discussions of what an ACA replacement plan could look like.
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People gather at Hallgrims church to celebrate the New Year in Reykjavik, Iceland, January 1, 2017.

What Iceland can teach Maine about preventing teen substance use

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 26, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Encouraging kids to get involved in extracurricular activities and strengthening ties between parents, schools and kids, can go a long way.
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Downtown Bangor at sunset

Changing time zone would further isolate Maine from rest of the United States

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 25, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Of course, it would be nice to have the sun set later in the day during the long Maine winter. But tinkering with the clock won’t solve this problem.
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The empty waiting room at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

LePage administration responds to story about infant nutrition program with distortion

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 24, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Editorial: Both Mary Mayhew and Gov. Paul LePage are trying to discredit the story with false information.
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Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement while television screen show a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration at the press briefing room of the White House in Washington U.S., Jan. 21, 2017.

There are not ‘alternative facts,’ just truth and lies

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 23, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
Editorial: Lies, especially if they are repeated often enough, become very hard to refute. All Americans, not just journalists, must be on guard against accepting a Trumpian version of reality while we can still separate facts from “alternatives facts.”
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Atlantic cod that were caught as part of a research survey can be seen in this 2014 file photo.

Scientists, fishermen can set the stage for a new way to protect the Gulf of Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 21, 2017, at 1:53 p.m.
Some fishermen say scientists have long underestimated the size of the cod population.
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Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors.

Refugees can help small, shrinking towns in Maine, but they need support

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 20, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
To better ensure success for future refugee families, more coordination and support is needed to help them make the enormous transition from life in a refugee camp to life in small town Maine.
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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Jan. 11, 2017.

Trump wants to be ‘president for all Americans.’ He has a lot of work to do.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 19, 2017, at 12:18 p.m.
Editorial: We would like to tell all Americans that they must respect and honor their new president, but Trump — through words and actions — has yet to earn that respect.
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Local residents protested repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Dover-Foxcroft on Sunday.

Nonpartisan analysis reaffirms why repealing Obamacare is a bad idea

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 18, 2017, at 2:27 p.m.
Any doubts that repealing the core elements of the Affordable Care Act would have dire consequences for millions of Americans were laid to rest this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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A sign at the reception desk at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

By insisting on photo IDs in infant nutrition program, LePage administration is thwarting its own goals

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 17, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
Rather than make a federally required change that could make public assistance accessible to more people, the LePage administration has dug in its heels.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2017.

Scott Pruitt is too far outside the range of acceptable cabinet nominees

By The BDN Editorial Board on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:33 p.m.
Pruitt is so hostile to the EPA’s core mission that putting him in charge would move the United States dangerously backwards.