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While Maine's infant mortality rate climbs, the group tasked with understanding those deaths has not met or reviewed deaths.

If infant death panel can’t do its job, legislators should make it work

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 14, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
Infant mortality isn’t just sad — it is is a telling indicator for how well a place is doing.
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At Home Downeast volunteer and steering committee member Janet Simpson, 69, shopping for groceries at Tradewinds Marketplace in Blue Hill for 95-year-old member Dorothy Noble.

Here’s how sustained attention to aging will improve Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 13, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
Improving the lives of Maine’s seniors does not require new government programs or a lot of money.
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President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. As AG, Pruitt has sued to block climate change rules.

Trump should fill his open mind with climate change facts

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 12, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
He’ll want to turn his attention to a new study that warns that the Earth may be warming much faster than scientists previously believed.
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President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, the comprehensive healthcare reform legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2010.

Republicans can’t repeal, replace Obamacare without causing chaos

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 10, 2016, at 10:18 a.m.
Editorial: The best way for Congress to proceed is to develop workable fixes to the ACA instead of voting to repeal it.
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Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

Maine lawmakers need information before approving new mental health facility

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 09, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
“We appreciate the governor’s sense of urgency, but this Legislature — sworn in yesterday — is going to do its job and provide real oversight,” House Speaker Sara Gideon said.
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A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

Lawmakers need more information before approving new mental health facility

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:55 a.m.
Editorial: Improving conditions at Riverview should be a top priority when the new Legislature convenes early next year.
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Downtown Greenville, Nov. 15, 2016

Rural Maine towns that take charge have a better shot at success

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 08, 2016, at 11:24 a.m.
Editorial: There’s no blueprint for them to follow, but the towns that can agree on what they want to be, that can work in concert with their neighbors, and that can let their local champions take charge have a better shot at success than those that let decline happen to them and hope for improbable help from the outside.
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Khalid Raslan, a newly arrived Syrian refugee in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, Canada. Unlike the U.S., Canada allows residents to band together to bring refugee families to their specific area.

Here’s how small, shrinking towns in Maine could bring in newcomers

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 07, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Editorial: With fewer working-age people, employers are struggling to fill jobs. As more baby boomers retire, the challenge for employers is only likely to increase.
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Pearl Harbor and US Navy veteran survivor Robert Coles (left) of Machias will travel to Pearl Harbor in early December to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration on Dec. 7. His friend and fellow Navy veteran Dennis Boyd of Cutler will accompany him.

Why we must remember the ‘date which will live in infamy’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 06, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.
“Two thousand, four hundred and three people lost their lives in that one hour and 50 minutes.”
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The Lincoln Paper and Tissue mill, as seen from the town cemetery.

Unless he stops automation, Donald Trump won’t bring back manufacturing jobs

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 05, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
The height of American manufacturing jobs was in 1979, and many of the jobs that existed then don’t exist now because machines can do them.
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Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 7.

Why Congress must investigate Russian involvement in US election

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Editorial: Did Russia try to influence last month’s U.S. presidential election?
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Steve Sherman stands beside his logging equipment, fondly named "Matilda," in Oxbow, Maine.

As they decline, Maine’s rural communities face a choice

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Rural communities, not outside forces such as the state or think tanks, must decide how they will respond to population loss.
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Abdulhai Jurat, a former military prosecutor accused of bribery, stands in the dock surrounded by police at his trial, one of the first in the new Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Afghanistan.

US wasted a lot of money in Afghanistan. A permanent inspector general would help.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
The U.S. government has allocated more than $115 billion toward reconstruction work in Afghanistan.
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William Beardsley

Maine needs a real education commissioner. Gov. LePage should ensure we get one.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 30, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
Editorial: Stability and accountability should be a hallmark of government. Gov. Paul LePage can return the Department of Education to these standards by again nominating a permanent education commissioner.
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Coal is loaded onto rail cars leaving a coal mine in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

Trump should look beyond the past, stop promising to make coal great again

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 29, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Editorial: The story of hardworking coal miners put out of jobs by unreasonable government regulations, repeated by Donald Trump on the campaign trail, was compelling. But it isn’t entirely true.
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A Shared Hope International graphic that shows most states have made progress in adding laws that protect children who are caught in sex trafficking.

Maine’s poor sex trafficking laws need to be addressed

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
An estimated 200 to 300 cases of sex trafficking occur in Maine every year. Among those victims are vulnerable young teens.
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The Pentagon recently completed a new $100 million water treatment plant to serve the 26,000 people at the drought-plagued Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert in California.

Climate research is ‘essential for our way of life’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 26, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
To survive, we must know what is happening to our home planet. Denying climate changes that are well documented is not a strategy. It is, ultimately, a death wish.
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Why a multicultural center makes sense for Bangor

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 25, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
Editorial: A multicultural center can be a place that spurs the kinds of personal conversations that lead to more inclusivity and acceptance. This would be an important step as Bangor welcomes more newcomers to the area.
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Where will you buy your gifts this holiday season? Think local.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
Amid the shopping, don’t forget donating to charity is an important part of the holiday spirit as well.
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Thanksgiving remembrance from Harriet Beecher Stowe

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 23, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s vivid description of Thanksgiving soon after the Revolutionary War and is a particularly fitting reminiscence for today.