Tuesday, July 7, 2015: Seniors and the state budget, LePage, support EMMC nurses

on July 06, 2015, at 3:03 p.m.
Welcome to Maine I would suggest we have signs greeting visitors to our great state stating: “Sorry about our governor, welcome to Maine.” On the back side of the signs, a message to visitors as the leave: “Take our governor, please!” Allen Williams Biddeford Expect LePage’s arrest When I read …

Monday, July 6, 2015: Queen of Hearts in Augusta, EMMC-union negotiations, national park proposal

on July 05, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
LePage of Hearts Every time I read about the antics of Gov. Paul LePage, the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland” pops into my head. The queen is a foul-tempered monarch, who Lewis Carroll described as “a blind fury,” one who is quick to decree death sentences at the …

Saturday, July 4, 2015: Fighting Alzheimer’s disease, MNBA’s impact, minimum wage example

on July 03, 2015, at 9:17 a.m.
Alzheimer’s awareness Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month ended June 30, but it is important to remember Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only one in the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed. The costs associated with …

Friday, July 3, 2014: Toxic Augusta, kidney donations, sexism

on July 02, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
Toxic environment We all know there are no simple bumper-sticker solutions to complex problems that face our nation, states and cities. We do know that to collaboratively tackle these problems, thoughtful, respectful leadership is essential. A governor has the responsibility to build on the strengths of elected officials and bring …

Thursday, July 2, 2015: LePage’s controversial legacy, charitable giving, dysfunction in Augusta

on July 01, 2015, at 9:23 a.m.
A controversial legacy Gov. Paul Lepage no doubt will go down in Maine history as one of our most controversial governors. His growing laundry list of scandals has surpassed his political adversaries’ wildest hopes and dreams. But beyond that, it has forced a wedge between Maine’s Republicans, creating a division …

Tuesday, June 30, 2015: LePage censure, racial prejudice, gay rights

on June 29, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
Censure the governor I would like to address the recent comments Gov. Paul LePage said about cartoonist George Danby. I am outraged by the governor’s remarks. It is time for the Republican-controlled Senate, including my Sen. Michael Willette, to publicly censure the governor for what he said to Danby’s son …

Monday, June 29, 2015: Marijuana facts, human rudeness, no welcome for veterans

on June 27, 2015, at 10:12 a.m.
Dysfunctional executive Thank you for your editorial in support of investigating Gov. Paul LePage’s actions, which endanger all of us in Maine. LePage’s disdain for the people of Maine and our elected representatives is exacting an insupportable toll on our human and financial resources while impeding the proper functioning of …

Saturday, June 27, 2015: Be yourself, impeach a bully, care a little more

on June 26, 2015, at 8:12 a.m.
National park impact I own several businesses in Bar Harbor, and I have been following the movement to bring a new national park to Maine. I am impressed by Elliotsville Plantation Inc.’s efforts and am in favor of the organization’s proposal to donate its land to become a national park …

Friday, June 26, 2015: Fear of sharks, media bias, Brian Williams’ apology, veterans for peace

on June 25, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
Fear of sharks The June 21 BDN article “ 40 years after ‘Jaws,’ great white sightings off Maine coast” touched upon the correlation between the movie “Jaws,” its popularity in the United States and its effect on the way the general public views sharks. The movie, with its tagline “don’t …

Thursday, June 25, 2015: National park support, race in media, Confederate flag

on June 24, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
National park I stand behind the national park that has been proposed by the Quimby family and their supporters 100 percent. I have been a Maine master guide since 1965, sharing Maine’s wilderness with many people from all over the country. There is nothing like sharing the mountains and taking …

Wednesday, June 24, 2015: Vaccinations, Katahdin-region park, Pope Francis encyclical

on June 23, 2015, at 2:07 p.m.
Lingering, harmful myth There has been a lot of controversy about vaccines lately. Whether people choose to have their children vaccinated, they should be making the decision based on correct information. Many people I speak to choose not to vaccinate based on the belief that vaccines can cause autism. This …

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: Missing statesmanship, anonymously clean elections, Charleston race jokes

on June 22, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
Where’s the statesmanship? Growing up in the great state of Maine has been an honor and a privilege. Over the years Mainers have distinguished themselves as national leaders in the care of our environment. Our residents have been leaders in high quality craftsmanship. They also are recognized around the world …

Monday, June 22, 2015: LePage’s instability, pope’s climate message, campaign finance

on June 20, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
Pope’s climate message Conservatives have been railing against Pope Francis’ new environmental encyclical. While I lean toward agreeing that “extreme weather” cannot so assuredly be tied to anything man is doing, if you remove that, this is mostly a plea for man to exercise proper stewardship of the Earth and …

Saturday, June 20, 2015: Seafood safety, support renewable energy, overpriced prescriptions

on June 19, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
Seafood safety Summer is the season that Mainers and visitors enjoy delicious, locally-harvested shellfish, such as clams, oysters and mussels. Ensuring that everyone can enjoy these Maine delicacies in good health is the responsibility of the Maine Department of Marine Resources Public Health Bureau. Following is some important information for …

Friday, June 19, 2015: Respect Maine’s tribes; Welcome home, Vietnam vets

on June 18, 2015, at 12:35 p.m.
Railroad economy The old Maine Central Railroad was a lifeline to northern Maine. It hauled incoming supplies to paper mills and manufactured goods south to America’s markets. At one time they hauled passengers, and there was a depot in Lincoln. As our economy declined and people moved away, there was …

Thursday, June 18, 2015: Vietnam veterans, Bangor panhandlers, carbon tax

on June 17, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
Rescue at sea Since our winter home is in Charleston, South Carolina, my husband and I took extra interest in the BDN’s fine June 11 article about the Maine Maritime Academy students who rescued a lone Charleston sailor at sea last week. How good to learn that more than 300 …

Wednesday, June 17, 2015: Identity theft protection, welcome immigrants, Clean Water Act

on June 16, 2015, at 10:26 a.m.
Identity theft protection AARP Maine commends the Legislature for its recent override of Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of LD 382, An Act to Amend the Allowable Security Freeze Fees Charged by a Consumer Reporting Agency, which will provide free protection against identity theft for Mainers. Thanks to the veto override, …

Tuesday, June 16, 2015: Kenduskeag sculpture, death with dignity, Christian morality

on June 15, 2015, at 12:27 p.m.
Kenduskeag sculpture You have got to be kidding. Bangor gave Anna Hepler $1,000 for that ridiculous thing floating in Kenduskeag Stream. It is not even done nicely. A 10-year-old could do a better job. Cut it loose. Marcelle Whitney Bangor Death with dignity Some form of a “death with dignity” …

Monday, June 15, 2015: Respect Maine tribes, we’re all Socialists, school budget votes

on June 14, 2015, at 9:37 a.m.
Respect the tribes Clearly a major shift in relations between the tribes and the state took place May 26 when tribal leaders withdrew their delegates to the Legislature. This dramatic gesture was triggered in part by Gov. Paul LePage’s rescinding his 2011 executive order, which acknowledged aspects of tribal sovereignty …

Saturday, June 13, 2015: In memory of ‘JR,’ estate tax cut, LePage reforms

on June 12, 2015, at 7:03 a.m.
Rest in peace ‘JR’ I was saddened to hear of Robert “JR” West’s death after he was struck by a car May 30 on Hammond Street. Whatever dark side he had, I didn’t see much of it while I knew him. I first met JR while staying briefly at Hope …
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