Stephanie Desrochers is a community work incentive coordinator at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

To employ more people, Maine should boost this little-known endeavor

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 09, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
We acknowledge that, given the situation in Congress, it is unrealistic to expect more funding. But if federal and state leaders truly believe that people with disabilities can work, then this program should not be a little-known resource with an insufficient number of staff members tasked with helping a population numbering in the tens of thousands.
Yellow Light Breen is president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation.

A way to finally create an economic plan for Maine’s future

on May 08, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
Maine doesn’t have enough resources to be everything to everyone; it needs to pick where it can have the most return and stay the course. Lawmakers shouldn’t wait any longer to turn this bill into law.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House after the House pushed through a health-care bill on Thursday.

House Republicans voted to weaken health care, hurt the poor and cut taxes for the wealthy

on May 06, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
In Maine, nearly a third of residents under the age of 65 have pre-existing conditions.
VolturnUS, the first-of-its-kind wind turbine, designed and built at the University of Maine, became the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the Americas to provide electricity to the power grid in June 2013.

Maine can’t afford a second colossal mistake on offshore wind energy

on May 05, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
Lawmakers, pushed by Gov. Paul LePage, made the horrible decision in 2013 to push a potential $70 million worth of potential investment in clean energy away from Maine. The current Legislature should not make an even worse mistake this year.
Naloxone hyrdrochloride reverses the effects of an overdose

LePage’s misguided bill would do nothing to reverse Maine’s deadly heroin crisis

on May 04, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
A bill to further punish people with substance abuse disorder will do nothing to stop Maine’s deadly opioid epidemic and should be rejected by lawmakers.
Salena Sawtelle (left) checks with team leader Connie Drake (forground) about the residents she has to take care of at Stillwater Health Care facility in Bangor recently.

Maine politicians should ensure the state has a strong eldercare workforce

on May 03, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
Maine is running out of people to take care of its growing elderly population.
Lawmakers rejected President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health. They also rejected a one-third spending reduction for the Environmental Protection Agency and funding for a border wall with Mexico.

Congress defied Trump with its budget agreement. That’s good for America.

on May 02, 2017, at 6:03 p.m.
Congressional leaders are wise to ignore President Donald Trump, who continues — through his tweets — to call for a government shutdown.
U.S. President Donald Trump appears on stage at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017.

Trump’s first 100 days are good for him but bad for Americans

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 01, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
It is no wonder that Trump thinks his tenure as president has been successful. Financially, for him and his family, it has been. For the American people, however, it has been a disaster of false promises to help the working class accompanied by real threats to our environment, health and security.

Maine should make this move to shrink the next generation of smokers

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 29, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Too many people in Maine still smoke. That means too many Maine people see their health decline because of tobacco, and many eventually see their lives cut short.
A cross-country skier passes Mount Katahdin while on a trail in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in February.

LePage’s continued monument opposition jeopardizes Katahdin region’s progress

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
This development and a sense of hope in the Katahdin region are in jeopardy as the president and our governor cast unneeded and harmful doubt on the future of Maine’s national monument.
Sam Portera and Brandon Hosford, both alumni of the Upward Bound college readiness program, prepare packages of letters from program alumni and their parents destined to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Department of Education declined to consider the University of Maine Presque Isle's renewal grant application due to a formatting error, but supporters and Maine's congressional delegation are hoping to convince the agency to reconsider.

Formatting error shouldn’t jeopardize college education for low-income students

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Vindictive. That’s the only way to describe an absurd Department of Education decision to reject dozens of schools’ Upward Bound funding applications because of small formatting errors.
Medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone therapy, is effective and saves money and reduces crime, studies have shown.

Here’s the economic case for supporting addiction treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 26, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
Talking tough about drugs and addiction may sound good, but it is less effective than devoting resources to treatment.
The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill, as seen from the town cemetery.

Why Maine should stop ignoring the growing number of men missing from work

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 25, 2017, at 12:22 p.m.
It’s no secret that Maine is short on workers. But there’s a reserve of potential workers that few people talk or even know about.
Alba Albisurez hugs her baby, who was born at 7 months, during the "Kangaroo Mothers" program in the maternity ward of the Roosevelt hospital in Guatemala City October 29, 2012. The 19-day program, known as "Madres Canguro", is a method where mothers are trained to breastfeed and hold their premature babies near their chest as the body-to-body contact reduces infant mortality in preterm infants.

Lawmakers are on the right track to understanding Maine’s growing number of infant deaths

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 24, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
The Maine Legislature can prove its worth and make a couple simple changes to ensure the panel can do its important work.
Justin Paulin learns how to drive a tractor trailer truck.

Here’s a way for Maine people to escape poverty. It deserves the commitment of state leaders.

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 22, 2017, at 9:33 a.m.
The job training system in Maine is not being used to its fullest potential. There are a number of reasons why.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria          TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Trump actions are cause for alarm on Earth Day

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 21, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.
On Earth Day most years, we can celebrate the progress that has been made cleaning up our waters and clearing our air. This year is different. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the country’s environmental policies.
Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan addresses the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference on March 27, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

If the GOP succeeds in changing health care, Maine’s state budget is another loser

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 20, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
If a cap on Medicaid funding became law, Maine’s state budget would be among the losers.
Low- and moderate-income families can qualify for state-funded vouchers to help them defray the cost of child care, but it has become increasingly difficult in recent years for an eligible family to use this assistance.

Here’s an easy way for Maine to solve its child care problem

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 19, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
It has become more difficult over the past decade for a low-income, working family in Maine to find affordable child care.
Property tax rates in Maine rose by more than 25 percent between 2005 and 2015.

Democrats’ budget plan offers lawmakers a chance to show voters they’re listening

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 18, 2017, at 7:12 a.m.
If there’s one message to take from November’s vote in favor of Question 2, it’s that voters have had enough in recent years of the state shifting costs to local governments, which have in turn had to raise property taxes. Lawmakers should heed this message.
Fewer than half of residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for arsenic. The Legislature is considering several bills to increase testing.

If you have well water, get it tested for arsenic

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 17, 2017, at 3:41 p.m.
Fewer than half of the residential drinking water wells in Maine are tested for the presence of arsenic. This puts the health of many Maine residents at risk.