Thursday, March 27, 2014: Abortion, Quebec, Clean Elections funding, health care

on March 26, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
Family planning In his March 12 BDN OpEd, Maine Family Planning President and CEO George Hill scornfully says pro-life “protesters don’t want to hear the truth.” This, from a man who doesn’t acknowledge the truth himself. Actually, Hill’s livelihood hinges on distorting the truth. For 25-plus years, he has masterfully …

Wednesday, March 26, 2014: Orrington gun club, competitive health care, Common Core

on March 25, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
Bang, bang We want to respond to questions regarding recent stray bullets threatening folks in Orrington. Following an investigation, the Perkins family can report the following: There is no admission from the gun club of issues with bullets escaping the range. The Perkins family asks Orrington residents to imagine what …

Tuesday, March 25, 2014: Pope Francis, USM cuts, Shenna Bellows

on March 24, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
Man of all seasons For many years, I told my wife, Judy, that we needed a Jesuit pope to bring about necessary changes in the Catholic Church. When I studied at Boston College, one of 30 such institutions in the United States, I soon realized what it means to be …

Monday, March 24, 2014: Medicaid expansion, South Thomaston fire truck, Elliotsville Plantation

on March 23, 2014, at 11:32 a.m.
Refocus assistance Maine’s nursing homes are in crisis. A bipartisan commission found that the state’s Medicaid program pays them $29.4 million below what they’re owed. We saw the crisis in Calais with the closure of the nursing home there in 2012. About 68 percent of nursing home residents pay for …

Saturday, March 22, 2014: Bagaduce River, oil pipeline, climate change

on March 21, 2014, at 9:31 a.m.
Working river In response to the Rev. Edward Dufresne’s March 14 opinion piece, I write to remind readers that we, the people from away, are the invaders, and it is not our place to challenge others’ livelihood. My husband and I moved here onto the shores of the Bagaduce River …

Friday, March 21, 2014: Bagaduce River, PAC money, bear baiting

on March 20, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Rename it If I didn’t have to go 20 miles an hour over Route 15 in Blue Hill, I would be amused at the creativity of the Maine Department of Transportation. Instead of fixing a road that has been horrible for years and is now dangerous as well, it simply …

Thursday, March 20, 2014: Iraq invasion, preventing drug overdoses, mining rules

on March 19, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
Bridge for peace On March 19, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. The U.S. had already invaded Afghanistan, where troops still remain. A group of Aroostook County people, who opposed the war and its cost and waste in lives and resources, immediately began a weekly protest on the Aroostook River …

Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Bear referendum, hearing aid coverage, Obamacare

on March 18, 2014, at 12 p.m.
Hunting rights In 2011, I became a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I believed my donations would help stop abuse of domestic animals, as the commercial on TV portrays. Recently, I discovered a percentage of my donations are also applied to another cause …

Tuesday, March 18, 2014: Music volume, UMaine dorm space, Common Core, right to work

on March 17, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Volume control Why? Why do music groups such as Lonestar — which presented a great concert recently in spite of the weather — feel they must turn their amps up to the point where the actual music is lost in the distortion? There were times when I personally experienced pain …

Monday, March 17, 2014: Bangor Post Office, Medicaid expansion, tax havens

on March 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Kudos to post office I have been wanting to write this letter for about two years now concerning the extraordinary service I have received while being a frequent patron of the Bangor Post Office. I moved to Bangor over two years ago from Columbus, Ga., leaving behind a daughter and …

Saturday, March 15, 2014: Domestic violence, bond payments, harness racing

on March 14, 2014, at 12:11 p.m.
Support LD 1656 Over the past several years, Sen. Emily Cain, D-Orono, has worked along with Gov. Paul LePage and other lawmakers to further protect victims of domestic violence. In December 2013 Cain introduced LD 1656, “An Act to Increase Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence.” Individuals including police chiefs, …

Friday, March 14, 2014: Susan Collins, Medicaid expansion, east-west corridor

on March 13, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.
Support Collins I agree with a recent writer who said that many of us are not happy with the state of affairs in Washington. We differ on the solution, however. Rather than replacing, we should be rewarding those who lead by example and work across party lines on behalf of …

Thursday, March 13, 2014: Orrington selectmen, mining rules, stolen Bangor collection

on March 12, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
TV or radio My husband and I are very disappointed with University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech’s decision to refuse WABI-TV Channel 5 the opportunity to broadcast Saturday’s hockey playoff game. Maine is a large state, and for many hockey fans the only way to see UMaine games is …

Wednesday, March 12, 2014: Mental illness, Riverview chief, mining

on March 11, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Adult learners Matthew Stone’s Feb. 28 article that discussed graduation rates in the University of Maine System raised thoughtful issues. The graph indicated that UMaine graduated the most students in the system, and the University of Maine at Augusta graduated the least. Now for the rest of the story. The …

Tuesday, March 11, 2014: Cate Street, Obamacare, revenue sharing, Searsport dredging

on March 10, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
News coverage The BDN has glorified a thief, swindler and murderer. First, convicted domestic terrorist Raymond Luc Levasseur of Waldo, and now art thief Myles J. Connor. Why is that? Once again, the story appeared on the front page, no less. It may be news that a film is being …

Monday, March 9, 2014: Mining protections, Cross Center traffic, military spending

on March 09, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
Environmental protections As a child, I looked up at planes flying low overhead. DDT insecticide mist fell on my face. Pesticide industries denied for decades that DDT was harmful to environment and wildlife. Fossil-fuel industries still deny that carbon emissions contribute to global warming. The mining industry, landowners and Maine …

Saturday, March 8, 2014: Health care, tar sands, mining, wrestling

on March 07, 2014, at 9 a.m.
An act of treachery The people of Maine need to strongly oppose efforts to create a new national park in Maine. Lucas St. Clair should know full well that all the water, fish, fur, fowl and game in Maine belong to the people. We also own all the water under …

Friday, March 7, 2014: Penobscot Narrows, Shenna Bellows, Sumner protest, Eliot Cutler

on March 06, 2014, at 10:59 a.m.
Fence mending Aside from being saddened by the news of the recent bridge suicide, I also found myself dismayed by the Legislature’s immediate reaction. It is certainly the responsibility of citizens to protect each other. Unfortunately, the proposed solution — building a fence — does not reach the root cause …

Thursday, March 6, 2014: Wind energy, Medicaid expansion, Lockman resignation

on March 05, 2014, at 1:43 p.m.
Collins gets it I want to compliment Sen. Susan Collins. She is a vocal leader in Washington advocating for both research into finding a cure and for compassionate care for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Few others fully recognize the burden not only now but in the future with the …

Wednesday, March 5, 2014: Wind power, Mike Michaud, tree farms

on March 04, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Scenic resources In a Feb 28 BDN OpEd, Paul Williamson extolled “Maine’s obligation to wind power.” He got one thing right: “Wind energy is highly visible.” And that is precisely why inland wind power is not a good investment for Maine. Maine has an equal obligation to its scenic resources. …
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