Opinion

 
GWYNNE DYER
Beppe Grillo, the founder of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, talks during a march in support of the 'No' vote in the upcoming constitutional reform referendum in Rome, Italy November 26, 2016.

Italy: ‘I say no’

By Gwynne Dyer on Dec. 05, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
The likelihood of calamity is still very small. But we do live in interesting times.
CONTRIBUTORS
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Think of America as one people? Well, the census begs to differ

By Mike Gonzalez, The Washington Post on Dec. 05, 2016, at 8:39 a.m.
A proposed federal rule would create a new ethnic distinctions in time for the 2020 Census.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Online Santa

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 7:24 a.m.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru November 20, 2016.

After a mere 25 years, the triumph of the West is over

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Dec. 04, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
The autocracies are back and rising; democracy is on the defensive; the U.S. is in retreat.
CONTRIBUTORS
On July 1, Dylan Sherwood, 21, overdosed on heroin in his friend's apartment in Bangor. Fortunately, his friend had a dose of Narcan and administered it to an unconscious Sherwood, reviving him.

Here’s what Bangor is doing to ease Maine’s deadly drug epidemic

By Joseph M. Baldacci on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:26 a.m.
The essential thing is that all of us act constructively and rationally in this effort.
CONTRIBUTORS

Let’s not disparage the liberal ‘snowflake’ who has lost his way

By Fritz Spencer on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
The word “snowflake” has taken on a new meaning in our language, one used by conservatives to mock and disparage young people.
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Some progress has been made in fortifying the nation’s digital defenses, but the U.S. still is alarmingly exposed as it leaps into the digital age.

With cyberattacks rising, Trump needs to act

By Melissa E. Hathaway, Bloomberg on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
When Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he’ll face an urgent and growing threat: America’s vulnerability to cyberattack.
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A man is seen in front of cranes at an industrial port in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 24, 2016.

How to fill the void left after Trump kills the TPP

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
If there were any policy that was doomed this election cycle, it had to be this one.
LETTERS

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016: Welfare erodes work ethic, strength RGGI, victory against fluoride

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:39 a.m.
Letters for Monday, Dec. 5, 2016: Welfare erodes work ethic, strength RGGI, victory against fluoride
EDITORIALS
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 7.

Why Congress must investigate Russian involvement in US election

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Editorial: Did Russia try to influence last month’s U.S. presidential election?
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Election fraud

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 6:36 a.m.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Get rid of Electoral College? Impossible, but…

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

I wish Mary Mayhew had read the rest of FDR’s 1935 speech

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 12:07 a.m.
If Mayhew is going to strip select phrases to justify trimming the welfare rolls without the context of the macro- and microeconomic realities of poverty that FDR understood, all I can say is, leave that man’s words alone.
EDITORIALS
Steve Sherman stands beside his logging equipment, fondly named "Matilda," in Oxbow, Maine.

As they decline, Maine’s rural communities face a choice

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Rural communities, not outside forces such as the state or think tanks, must decide how they will respond to population loss.
LETTERS

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: Reform our prison system, Sen. Collins must take position on Bannon, Trump is a liar

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: Reform our prison system, Sen. Collins must take position on Bannon, Trump is a liar
ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

Too many queer people gave everything to be themselves, and so the rest of us could, too

By Alex Steed on Dec. 02, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
When I finally encountered the concept of “queer,” I thought, “Oh, definitely. That’s exactly what I am.”
PERSPECTIVES

“Tired of Giving In”

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
The recreational legalization proposal in Question 1 on Maine’s 2016 ballot doesn’t explicitly change that system: It would allow Mainers to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

By Igor Grant, The Conversation on Dec. 02, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Flag burning

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why Nancy Pelosi reminds me of a little girl I used to babysit

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:01 p.m.
Whenever I tried to tell this little girl something she didn’t want to hear, she’d stick her fingers in her ears and sing/scream “Camptown Races” at the top of her lungs.