Opinion

 
CONTRIBUTORS
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's opposition Labor Party joins a protest by campaigners calling for an inquiry into a confrontation between police and pickets in Orgreave in 1984, outside Parliament, in London, Sept. 13, 2016.

A Labor Party split is electoral suicide

By Matt Singh, Bloomberg View on Sept. 25, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
As Britain’s Labor Party prepares to announce the result of its leadership election Saturday, attention is beginning to turn to how the party will reunite after months of infighting.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Debate prep 2016

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
Will we have a civil debate on Monday evening? Will we have more of the same from Trump, as this drawing suggests? Stay ‘tooned!
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This is an election cycle when voters want an alternative, but third parties get little attention

By Larry Dansinger on Sept. 24, 2016, at 1:14 p.m.
It’s the job of media to provide the facts and opinions about candidates the public needs to make informed choices.
LETTERS

Monday, Sept. 25, 2016: Belfast propane tank dangers, proud to support Clinton, presidential health concerns

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 9:10 a.m.
Letters for Monday, Sept. 25, 2016: Belfast propane tank dangers, proud to support Clinton, presidential health concerns
CONTRIBUTORS

When it comes to election reform, ranked-choice voting a poor method to empower voters

By Gordon Weil on Sept. 24, 2016, at 7:41 a.m.
There are at least four other ways of dealing with plurality elections. They are less unusual, less complicated and more transparent. They are all less costly. And they are less dangerous to real democracy.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Economic recovery good, but spread unevenly across country

on Sept. 24, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
Last week, there was good economic news.  Maybe. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that household income had risen during 2015 by 5.7 percent.  That was the first increase since 2007, the last year before the Great Recession.  Women employed full-time gained somewhat more than men.  Unemployment was down and millions …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Campaign 2016

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
As we await the first presidential debate on Monday evening…the campaign that has defied explanation.
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The idea that the world is awash in savings is a persuasive one. Too bad it may not be true.

You’re not as rich as you think you are

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
OpEd: The idea that the world is awash in savings is, on the surface, a persuasive one. Too bad it may not be true.
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters in Scarborough in 2014.

This is a time when journalism shows what it’s worth

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
When government officials filter news and information only through their favored channels, there is no assurance that the public gets the full story.
ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

How, not what, do you want to be? That’s how you’ll be remembered

By Alex Steed on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
We all might show it differently, or process it differently, but we all are dealing with something and, more likely than not, many things.
LETTERS

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016: Hold gun owners accountable, LePage’s war on government, Poliquin’s Social Security reform

on Sept. 23, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016: Hold gun owners accountable, LePage’s war on government, Poliquin’s Social Security reform
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Brangelina divorce

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
The continuing adventures of Brad and Angelina…
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why writing about TANF this week made me cry

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
It’s a complex and wordy thought for our digital age, but we need to start fighting our tendency to think in soundbites, so please bear with me.
EDITORIALS
The sun sets on the Portland skyline Aug. 31, 2016.

Meaningful changes, not just outrage, needed to assist Maine sex trafficking victims

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
Editorial: There are many people in Maine outraged by the atrocities that are happening in their own backyards. Now it is time for the entire community to step up in a meaningful way and help the people being victimized by those atrocities.
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Ranked-choice voting is an antidote to political dysfunction in the State House

By Bev Uhlenhake on Sept. 22, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
OpEd: Question 5 is something we can do now to improve Maine’s political process. It doesn’t require electing a particular candidate as president or putting one party or the other in charge in Washington or in Augusta.
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A Palestinian boy, who suffers from alopecia areata, waits to receive bee-sting therapy at Rateb Samour's clinic in Gaza City, April 11, 2016.

In its drive to beat cancer, sometimes the medical establishment forgets kindness, compassion

By Lee Witting on Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:23 a.m.
OpEd: Why there should be more cancer today and cancer treatments and medications should be so costly is a tragedy that baffles logic and hurts the heart.
LETTERS

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016: Yes on Question 1, stop demonizing political opponents, background checks unenforceable

on Sept. 22, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Letters for Friday, Sept. 23, 2016: Yes on Question 1, stop demonizing political opponents, background checks unenforceable
DANA MILBANK
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 20, 2016.

Wells Fargo: Too big to fail, too arrogant to admit it

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
OpEd: The 2008 financial collapse was eight years ago this month — and the big banks are back to their old shenanigans.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Poliquin mailing

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
Bruce Poliquin’s mailing of 200 letters to U.S. House members to help repeal provisions of the Social Security program – may or may not be – too little too late, but makes for a great campaign photo-op!
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage puts his signature and words of congratulations on a banner at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Croix Tissue mill in Baileyville, Oct 10, 2014.

Maine workers deserve better than a defeatist governor

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 21, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage’s reaction to the potential loss of hundreds of jobs in Maine is baffling.