Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Katahdin region national park, metal mining, public school overhaul

on May 18, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
English politics Having just returned after spending most of April and early May in England, and being thoroughly steeped in their electoral process, I was surprised to read Jim Fossel’s May 14 BDN column in which his first premise is that the Liberal Democrats are to the left of Labour …

Monday, May 18, 2015: Deflated footballs vs. real problems, Maine’s worst road, tax reform doesn’t belong on ballot

on May 16, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
Maine’s worst road Last summer, Route 15 was selected as the worst road in the entire state. It is especially bad from Blue Hill to the Sedgwick town line. Once Sedgwick is reached, the road noticeably is better. I first noticed the condition of the road in the fall of …

Saturday, May 16, 2015: Gun permits don’t stop criminals, free trade bad for America

on May 15, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
Free trade dangerous The editors of The Washington Post who attack Hillary Clinton and the Democrats for blocking Obama’s “fast track” free trade bill in an editorial in the BDN’s May 12 Other Voices seem pretty confident this trade bill is good for America. So how do they know? The …

Friday, May 15, 2015: Ban fireworks, John Martin is a genius, Dechaine deserves retrial

on May 14, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
Anti-vaccine dangers The anti-vaccination movements fail to look back far enough to the years before polio vaccines. Bear in mind vaccines do not kill viruses. The polio virus and others still are in our environment. Those of us old enough to have lived through the annual polio epidemics understand all …

Thursday, May 14, 2015: Virtual charter school, life after prison, LePage tax challenge

on May 13, 2015, at 10:32 a.m.
NFL leadership The defining difference between the NFL and the Girl Scouts of America: The Girl Scouts have adult leadership. Earle M. Rafuse Bangor Pitching 101 After reading the May 9 BDN article on softball pitching and having some experience in the area of teaching pitchers, I felt moved to …

Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Bald Mountain gold, incarceration in America, war on drugs

on May 12, 2015, at 1:16 p.m.
Mining for gold The debate over relaxing state restrictions on mining was renewed in the Maine Legislature this year. As a teenager I spent days exploring ghost towns in New Mexico — the remnants of old metal mines. There was nothing there but empty buildings — the towns had collapsed …

Tuesday, May 12, 2015: Patriotic decorum, Tom Brady and Deflategate, safe prisons

on May 11, 2015, at 12:58 p.m.
LePage’s style Let’s stop calling Gov. Paul LePage’s delusions of grandeur, erratic behavior and stupefying disregard of fact his “style.” These are serious, disabling problems. Normally, any one of these would unfit a person for public office. Peg Cruikshank Corea     Patriotic decorum I went to the Anah Shrine …

Monday, May 11, 2015: Keep Indian mascot, trash solutions, harness racing memories

on May 09, 2015, at 9:16 a.m.
Lockman’s flawed logic Rep. Larry Lockman, R-Amherst, tried to illuminate the extremism of the Maine Democratic Party in his May 3 OpEd. He failed, and in doing so revealed the true extremist to be no one but himself. Amid his hyperbolic language to describe Democrats’ tactics — job-killing agenda, waterboarding …

Saturday, May 9, 2015: Minimum wage ‘entitlement,’ tribal relations, clean air

on May 08, 2015, at 9:28 a.m.
Kid-safe products A few years ago, Maine was one of the first states to pass a groundbreaking bill, the Kid-Safe Products Act, which recognized the need to regulate chemicals at the state level and required manufacturers to report any proven toxic chemicals used in their children’s products sold in Maine. …

Friday, May 8, 2015: Addiction a choice, end of life up to God, restore Maine infantry

on May 07, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
End of life I am writing in response to two letters that appeared April 30 in the BDN urging support for a bill in the Legislature, LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life. If passed, this would allow terminally ill patients to receive a prescription …

Thursday, May 7, 2015: Clean Elections Act, Rep. Lockman’s comments, EBT abuse

on May 06, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
Hunting values Don Loprieno’s May 4 BDN OpEd about young hunters touched on my disdain for the politically motivated people who think they need to micromanage everyone’s lives. When I was a young man, we had to buy a $1 hunting license when we turned 10. Not that you couldn’t …

Wednesday, May 6, 2015: Recycling bill, carbon tax, struggles with addiction

on May 05, 2015, at 12:48 p.m.
Bottle bill threat As a legislator who has submitted measures to address plastic pollution and a fervent believer in recycling, I found the title of LD 1204, “An Act to Increase Recycling and Composting by Creating the Maine Recycling Fund,” intriguing. Here potentially was a combined approach to increasing recycling …

Tuesday, May 5, 2015: Voter ID law, Medicaid expansion, downtown Bangor safety

on May 04, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
For or against marriage? Please forgive me, but I can’t for the life of me understand what the April 28 Other Voice editorial from the Washington Post means to say regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of the gay rights issue. The bulk of the editorial seems to support the …

Monday, May 4, 2015: LePage budget bad for rural Maine, non-gunowners have rights, minimum wage politics

on May 02, 2015, at 9:36 a.m.
Non-gunowner rights Regarding gun rights, we had the same debate with the ruckus over smoking. It was said smokers had the “right” to smoke anywhere. After all, it is a free country. However, over time, it was finally recognized that non-smokers had rights, too. As hard as it may have …

Saturday, May 2, 2015: LePage’s wrong budget priorities, dangers of trade deal, corporate tax giveaways

on May 01, 2015, at 9:16 a.m.
Don’t pay Cate Street Through the April 29 editorial and April 20 story, the Bangor Daily News has brought to the attention of taxpaying Mainers a tax-credit giveaway program by the state. This is just plain wrong. We have people coming to Maine to take advantage of all types of …

Friday, May 1, 2015: Tribal trust broken, no need for minimum wage, debt-free college

on April 30, 2015, at 11:11 a.m.
Minimum wage fallacy An $8.75 minimum wage in Portland? Why not $18.75 or $25.75? Where will the non-market driven wage increases come from? From higher prices for goods and services or from saved wages of laid-off workers. Before Oakland, California, raised its minimum wage, numerous businesses in the Chinatown district …

Thursday, April 30, 2015: A fair hearing, death with dignity, right to work

on April 29, 2015, at 12:43 p.m.
Term limits Thank you for April 27’s wonderful editorial on term limits, and thank you, George Danby, for yet another great cartoon. Karen Saum Belfast   Kangaroo Court The Maine State Harness Racing Commission hearing for a friend in the summer of 2014 turned into a joke. I got there …

Wednesday, April 29, 2015: LePage’s Earth Day letter, Tsarnaev’s punishment, wind power act

on April 28, 2015, at 11:21 a.m.
Out on a limb It is unfortunate that our governor has decided to weigh in on the Katahdin-region national park proposal before getting information more current than a 4-year-old moratorium adopted during the early stages of this proposal. I will leave addressing the governor’s assertions in his Earth Day letter …

Tuesday, April 28, 2015: Sales tax increase, climate change questions, junk food for none

on April 27, 2015, at 9:21 a.m.
Open for business? I am a small-business owner in Sanford and I am very concerned that our governor and our legislators are not considering the total impact of the 6 percent sales tax on services. I have talked with quite a few other small-business owners who, like me, only provide …

Monday, April 27, 2015: Free beer, Medicaid misguidance, human welfare, clean elections

on April 26, 2015, at 5:46 a.m.
Free beer In order to solve the short pint problem, Jake Morrel suggests in his April 18 letter to the editor buying a British “crown line” beer glass and asking bartenders to fill it to the line. This would be a good trick, because a British pint is 20 ounces, …
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