Joe Biden, then a senator from Delaware, speaks on the Senate floor in 1992, arguing that a president shouldn't make a Supreme Court nomination in an election year.

The Constitution is clear on Supreme Court nominations when hypocritical politicians aren’t

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 23, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
In June 1992, then-Sen. Joe Biden took to the Senate floor and made an impassioned argument against an election year appointment to the Supreme Court. At that point, Democrats controlled the Senate and Republican George H.W. Bush was president. The situation Biden addressed in that floor speech was hypothetical. There …
Gov. Paul LePage (center) makes a sales pitch for consolidating Lewiston and Auburn into one city during a lunchtime meeting with Auburn Mayor Jonathan LaBonte (left) and Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald (right) at Simones' Hot Dog Stand on Jan. 27.

What LePage, Obama have in common: The power of nominations

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 22, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
It is not surprising that LePage would agree with Obama on nominations but not the Kennebec County Democratic Committee. LePage strongly believes that a chief executive has broad power to appoint the people he wants to fill positions that require nominations or approval from his office.
John Belvin of Brownville expresses his support for Plum Creek’s development plan during a 2007 Land Use Regulation Commission public hearing at Greenville High School.

Plan for development in the UT through zoning, not weakened standards

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 20, 2016, at 11:37 a.m.
Editorial: Working with both interests, as well as local residents, to map out where development is appropriate and where it is not is a better approach than making piecemeal changes to subdivision and other development standards.
An Apple logo is seen at the Apple store in Munich, Germany, in this Jan. 27, 2016 file photo.

Why an order to unlock an iPhone raises privacy, security concerns

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 19, 2016, at 6:34 a.m.
Editorial: Determining where privacy ends in the name of national security is no simple task.
Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., talks with a national park opponent during a 2015 forum on the foundation’s effort to create a national park.

Why continuing dialogue is crucial to the national park debate

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 18, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
Maine’s elected officials need to engage with the issue seriously in order to ensure the best outcome in terms of economic benefits and continued public access to the land.
Dexter Regional High School fans of all ages cheer on their team at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Tuesday during the Maine High School Invitational Tournaments Class C North.

Tourney time brings out best in Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 17, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
Editorial: As the long lines of cars turn off Main Street into the Cross Insurance Center this high school basketball tournament week, it’s hard not to reflect on the people inside.
Individual income tax return.

Democrats misplayed their hand on LePage’s tax conformity bill

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 16, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
Maine Democrats have had a strong argument to make against key elements of Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to conform Maine’s tax code with recent tax changes enacted at the federal level. To start, the funding source for the entire package of tax breaks was suspect. The LePage administration proposed to …
Sen. Susan Collins jokes with soldiers in the cafeteria of the  Maine Army National Guard Readiness Center in Bangor on Dec. 5, 2015.

From Susan Collins, a refreshing reluctance to rush to judgment on the next justice

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 15, 2016, at 12:15 p.m.
Voters elected Obama to carry out the president’s responsibilities as outlined in the Constitution. They elected the 100 senators to fulfill their constitutional responsibilities as well. Both the president and the Senate have the responsibility to take their constitutionally defined roles seriously.
New York University student Jared Curtin brushes the teeth of patient Darion Wescott, 5, of Machias, at a dental clinic on April 14, 2015.

More dental providers won’t help Maine unless people can afford dental care

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 14, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
There are two ways Maine can address its dental care deficit.
A front-end loader moves refuse-derived fuel to the power generation system at the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. plant in Orrington.

187 Maine towns have a critical trash decision to make. There’s risk either way.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 12, 2016, at 12:10 p.m.
Editorial: Some 187 towns and cities have to decide in the coming months where they’ll send their residents’ trash starting in 2018.
Former Supreme Court Justice Daniel Wathen, who oversees Maine’s AMHI Consent Decree, addresses members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee regarding conditions at the Riverview Psychiatric Recovery Center on Dec. 3, 2015.

LePage has raised salaries for cabinet members; Riverview employees deserve the same

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 11, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
The Riverview Psychiatric Recovery Center is so short-staffed that its workers are forced to work overtime. This is unfair to the people who work at the Augusta hospital, and it jeopardizes the treatment of its patients.
Solar panels are seen on the outside of Erica Buswell and Scott Giroux's simple home on Sept. 14, 2015, in Searsport. They live in a simple, old-fashioned way on their piece of land in Searsport where Giroux has built all the structures on the property.

This is Maine’s chance for the right solar power reboot

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 10, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
Maine has hit an important solar juncture: Enough homeowners have installed solar panels on their roofs and enough community solar projects are in operation that the key policy that has encouraged so many solar panels is due for major revision. The state will position itself well if it can strike …
Caption Gov. Paul LePage addresses the Legislature during the 2015 State of the State address.

Writing insulting letters, calling lawmakers ‘socialists’ not Maine’s path to prosperity

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 09, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
Editorial: It is much easier to hurl insults when putting pen to paper than when talking to someone face to face.
Color guardsman Bill Kiley of American Veterans Post 6 in New Gloucester listens as Gov. Paul LePage speaks during a Pearl Harbor remembrance ceremony on Dec. 7, 2015, at Fort Allen Park in Portland.

Better coordination, communication needed to help Maine veterans

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 08, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
To be more successful and to reach more veterans, the Bureau of Veterans Services needs to team up with organizations that have built a level of trust and credibility among veterans that government programs often lack.
Nicole Maines (from left), 14, her mother Kelly Maines and her twin brother Jonas listen to Wayne Maines as he delivers a stirring speech about their experience in helping Nicole seek justice and acceptance as a transgender youth.

Civil rights laws, not personal agenda, should guide transgender rules

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 06, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
Editorials: In 2014, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court sent the important message that anti-discrimination laws apply to transgender students.
Lighted paper bags stand as memorials to those lost at a drug overdose victims' vigil in Portland's Monument Square in August 2015.

Unraveling drug addiction requires community approach

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 05, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
OpEd: Community buy-in is an important element. So is the coordination of public health, social service and law enforcement responses to the addiction epidemic.
Inmates at the Maine state Prison in Warren get dressed and cleaned up for evening activities.

Why reducing solitary confinement helps inmates, makes prisons safer

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 04, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
It’s encouraging that the president and Department of Justice realize that reliance on solitary confinement in federal prisons is inhumane and ineffective. Maine came to the same conclusion several years ago and has significantly reduced the use of solitary confinement, also called segregation, at the Maine State Prison. In an …
The 164-acre Howard Hill Conservation Area was purchased by the Kennebec Land Trust in October to be conserved and used as a place for low-impact public recreation.

LePage has nothing to show for his monthslong tirade against Land for Maine’s Future

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 03, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Editorial: The Land for Maine’s Future ship that Gov. Paul LePage tried to topple last year seems well on its way to being righted — at least in the interim.

Maybe the IRS will answer more than 38 percent of its calls this year

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 02, 2016, at 11:42 a.m.
Editorial: Tax filing season is underway, and the hope is that more than 40 percent of taxpayers calling the IRS for help filing their taxes get through to a customer service representative — and after waiting less than 30 minutes.
A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

Riverview Psychiatric Recovery Center’s problems need fixing

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 01, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
Every week staffing shortages aren’t fixed, patients continue to receive inferior treatment.