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.
"The Minute Man" statue by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Mass., which depicts Isaac Davis, a gunsmith and militia officer who commanded a company of Minutemen from Acton, Mass., during the first battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Patriots Day and the forgotten Dawes

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 15, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
William Dawes is largely unknown to most Americans. So, how about three cheers for Dawes on this Patriots Day?
Asked for the top item on his wish list for fighting Maine's opiate addiction crisis at a recent meeting, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuk said, "Medicaid expansion."

Maine’s addiction task force needs to act fast, emphasize treatment

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 14, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
Greater access to medication-assisted treatment is what Maine will need to overcome the current crisis.
Abdi Ali

Instead of trying to pardon a dog, LePage could actually help a human being

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 13, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
The punishment of being removed from his home and family and sent to a country that is unfamiliar and where he will be in danger does not fit Ali’s misdemeanor crimes.
Gavin Grimm

Transgender student’s court battle about ‘human rights,’ not bathrooms

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 12, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
“G.G.’s case is about much more than bathrooms. It’s about a boy asking his school to treat him just like any other boy.”
Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses in Maine has fallen by more than half. Public health nurses started out in the 1920s visiting pregnant moms and infants as a way of preventing infant deaths.

You don’t improve a well-functioning nursing program by destroying it first

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 11, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
State public health officials have been trying to construct an alternate reality recently to explain what’s become of Maine’s public health nursing program.
A pharmacist holds the generic version of Suboxone at Community Pharmacies in Gorham.

Maine’s ‘opioid health homes’ are so intricate there will probably be only a few

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 10, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
The opioid health home details developed by the LePage administration appear to make it more difficult to deliver treatment to those who need it.
Maine first lady Ann LePage worked as a waitress at McSeagull's in Boothbay Harbor last summer.

LePage proves why relying on tips isn’t sound economic policy

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 08, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
LePage’s behavior highlights the problem of leaving the wages of restaurant servers to the whims of diners, some of whom withhold tips for reasons that have nothing to do with the service.
Marchers in Portland hold signs and candles in remembrance of those lost to drug addiction.

We don’t need Trump’s commission to study the nation’s addiction crisis

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 07, 2017, at 5:43 p.m.
We already know what works. For those in the grips of substance abuse disorder, medication-assisted treatment is the most promising pathway forward.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona speaks at the 2016 Arizona CEO Summit hosted by Greater Phoenix Leadership at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes in Tempe, Arizona.

Conservatives need a non-Trump leader focused on real problems

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 06, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
While conservative politicians have invested substantial political capital into reining in traditional welfare programs, the simplest way to change life’s trajectory for a family in deep poverty is by making sure they have money.
Rhonda Loignon makes a pot of coffee at her home in Rockland.

Maine needs to invest in employing people with disabilities

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 05, 2017, at 11:52 a.m.
The state is facing a labor shortage, and employing more people with disabilities can fill the need. Increasing vocational rehabilitation funding will help do that.
Judge Neil Gorsuch goes through his confirmation hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee to see if he will be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice on March 22. Democrats are considering filibustering his nomination.

A Democratic filibuster of Judge Gorsuch is a dead end

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 04, 2017, at 3:45 p.m.
If another seat on the court opens up, we find it hard to believe Trump will nominate someone as rational as Gorsuch. Democrats should save their battle for then.
Nongnud “Nud” Simmons, 52, of Thailand, waves to her family and friends after she was sworn in as an American citizen at the Federal Building in Bangor. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison presided over the naturalization ceremony where twenty-seven people from twenty-one different countries took the Oath of Allegiance.

What immigrants to Maine can teach us about civics

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 03, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
The celebration after 27 immigrants became U.S. citizens in Bangor was a welcome break from news of political divisiveness and hate, and gave us a chance to remember the principles that make our country go.
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’s climate change order sends message to the world that the US is no longer a responsible actor

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 01, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
Trump’s gutting of climate change policies is uninformed, unnecessary and dangerous.
In 2013, Gov. Paul LePage decided against applying for up to $37 million in federal funds that Maine could have used to bolster early childhood education.

LePage’s responsibility is first to Maine people, not to shrinking the federal deficit

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 31, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
In too many instances, the LePage administration’s ideologically motivated rejection of federal funds has amounted to the state turning its back on its own people who could use the help.
House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration in the House last week because he didn't have enough Republican votes to pass it.

Obamacare could implode or explode if Trump tries to undermine — rather than fix — it

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 30, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.
The Affordable Care Act needs tweaks, but it will neither implode nor explode if Congress takes reasonable steps to improve it.
The USS San Juan is undocked after an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Maine workers can't access the facility because their driver's licenses don't comply with the federal Real ID law.

Mainers are hurt by the state’s Real ID defiance. Legislature should fix it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 29, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Maine should join other states in moving forward with upgrades to driver’s licenses to comply with federal standards.
Wendy Harrington checks her paperwork at the Weald Bethel Food Pantry in Cherryfield on Dec. 20.

LePage’s food stamp policies have ensured food pantry lines will keep growing

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 28, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
The LePage administration isn’t finished with its efforts to make it harder for people to eat.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, pushes Ora Bartlet to the dining hall before breakfast on Feb. 28.

Would you want to deal with so much death? Give CNAs a raise

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 27, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
Democratic women in Congress arrive for a rally during the Day Without a Woman on International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Policymaking suffers when there are no women in the room

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 25, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Having more women in government isn’t about eliminating unflattering photos or ending uninformed, embarrassing comments. It is about crafting better policies and laws for all Americans.