Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014: Rockland church aid, gubernatorial race, lake association support

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 8:40 a.m.
Church support Recently, the Rockland Congregational Church received extensive news coverage and comment regarding a family of two adults and three children found living on property owned by the church. Because arrests resulted from the situation, it was reported in the press. The reporting was limited, as were statements on …

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014: Support for Bangor legislators, gubernatorial debates, immigration attitude

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
Where’s Flat Stanley? OK, let me see if I understand this right. Absentee ballots, to vote for Maine’s next governor, can be submitted now, but we are expected to make an informed decision without seeing the candidates debate the issues vitally important to us. The Republican and Democratic candidates, Gov. …

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014: Bear hunting traditions, King endorsement, prostate cancer screening

on Aug. 24, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
I like Mike I agree with Sen. Angus King’s recent statement that “Maine voters need to choose the best candidate for the job, regardless of political party.” But we don’t agree on who that best candidate is. The BDN article has motivated me to work earlier and harder for Rep. …

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014: Bear baiting, Mike Michaud support, child care ratings system

on Aug. 22, 2014, at 9:12 a.m.
Not for Mainers The Aug. 15 BDN article “Battle over bears: Maine hunting practices again in voters’ hands” was very well written and covered most of the points of the bear referendum quite well. But the BDN missed one important point. Currently Maine bear hunting is not for Mainers. As …

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014: LePage support, Amy Faircloth for probate judge, Sarah Smiley column

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 10:38 a.m.
Lip service Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud has given a lot of lip-service to us veterans over the years, but even though he sits on the very committee that is supposed to oversee the Veterans Administration, he did nothing to solve the VA-hospital problems until a whistle-blower spoke out, even though …

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014: Airport construction, Bangor kindness, Cape Elizabeth gun club

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
BIA construction I recently started flying to Bangor International Airport rather than Bar Harbor after discovering nonstop flights from my hometown and reasonably priced shuttle services to Mt. Desert Island. But while it’s good to see the airport being renovated, the poor management of the construction project is causing unnecessary …

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014: Bangor music, bear baiting, King endorsement

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
Setting the record I am writing this today in response to what I feel is a misrepresentation of the truth. Shenna Bellows, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, recently attended a conference in Detroit, Michigan, and at that event stated she had the unanimous endorsement of the Maine AFL-CIO. This simply …

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014: Donnie Smith support, bear baiting, Maine Day celebration

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
Right to bomb? Robert Shetterly’s use of the word “genocide” to describe the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians in his July 28 OpEd was unfortunate, but Professor Emeritus Arnold Berleant’s belabored response in the Aug. 11 OpEd just comes across as another biased, pro-Israeli rant to me. Hamas has been …

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014: Climate change solution, hunting practices, Israel vs. Gaza

By George Danby on Aug. 17, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
Yes on 1 Growing up in Aroostook County shaped my unwavering work ethic, respect for community and family, and passion for stewardship of the natural environment and creatures in it. Being from The County made me care about things in a way people “from away” don’t quite understand. I grew …

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014: Indian claims act, immigration complexities, campaign money

on Aug. 15, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
Penobscot Nation The Aug. 6 BDN OpEd “Role reversal: How the Penobscot Nation is suing Maine – and has the upper hand” is reminiscent of the fear mongering that took place throughout the Indian land claims era (1970-1980) when the message was, “The Indians are going to steal your homes!” …

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014: Riverview crisis, political fliers, climate change action

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
Shame, shame I have recieved several political fliers from candidates, Karl Ward among them, that contain no information as to what party they represent. Could it be that they are ashamed of their party? Arnold Hooper Penobscot Cutler for governor Wake up, fellow citizens. Before us is the real deal: …

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014: Waldo Caballero praise, debate importance, highway speeds

on Aug. 13, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
Kudos, Caballero Congratulations to Waldo Caballero, Orono orchestra teacher, for passing the Praxis exam. Kudos to Joanne Harriman, superintendent for RSU 26, for supporting and encouraging Caballero to accomplish this goal. It takes courage and tenacity to lead, and Harriman guided Caballero and the community through a contentious time. The …

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014: Gubernatorial debates, seismic airgun testing, bear hunting, bullying

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Let’s debate Why are we still waiting for a debate among the three candidates for governor? The issues facing Maine are complicated, and the candidates approach these problems from very different perspectives. As things stand, there may be one or more debates shortly before Election Day, but that remains to …

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014: Gratitude for care, bear baiting, LePage supports unborn

on Aug. 11, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
Gratitude after crash It took less than a minute to pass out, crash into the guardrail, wake up as I was jostled across route I-95 North, and land upside down in the ditch. Coming to a standstill, I heard myself whisper, “I’m ready if this is the end of a …

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014: Death penalty, Obama politics, border problems, health care woes

on Aug. 10, 2014, at 1:19 p.m.
Editorial response I would like to respond to the July 30 Washington Post editorial, “ Death without dignity.” It bordered on blaming the public for botched, expensive and unnecessary executions, even for depraved criminals. Tell this to broken-hearted families who have lost loved ones from depravity and cruelty beyond comprehension. …

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014: Israel vs. Gaza, support for Jonathan Fulford, Chris Christie in Maine

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 10:01 a.m.
Climate change swindle I was dismayed but not surprised to read economist Jonathan Rubin’s defense of the Obama administration’s proposed plan to raise electricity rates and supposedly address global warming. The piece had all the standard elements of the climate change swindle: the apocalypse card, equating skeptics with holocaust deniers, …

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014: Gubernatorial debates, balloon litter, veterinary law, elder care

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Stay at home The Aug. 2 BDN editorial, “Pay the Maine nursing homes, but don’t forget the fight to keep seniors independent,” included a reference to an AARP survey in which 80 percent of respondents said it’s extremely or very important that they remain at home as they age. This …

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014: Bear hunting, clean power, LePage politics, union support

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:06 p.m.
Protect Maine’s bears Maine became a state in 1820. In 1821, it passed what appears to be the nation’s first animal protection legislation. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the oldest animal protection organization, wasn’t founded in the U.S. until 1866. Back in 1821 and ever since, …

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014: Nuclear weapons, Medicaid expansion, Eliot Cutler support

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
Hiroshima anniversary On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Since then, nuclear weapons have posed a constant threat to the health and safety of the world. More than 16,000 nuclear weapons …

Aug. 5, 2014: Togus care, Eliot Cutler for governor, Waldo Caballero support

on Aug. 04, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
Lyford race I am running to represent the folks of Clifton, Eddington, Holden, Veazie and part of Brewer in the Maine House of Representatives. As my campaign has picked up momentum and I’ve met with and spoken with many people around the area, it has become clear that creating jobs …
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