Opinion

 
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Trump and Russian intelligence

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 4:09 p.m.
EDITORIAL
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, November 7, 2016.

Russian investigation one of many Congress should undertake

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 16, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Questions about the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia have multiplied.
CONTRIBUTORS

The GOP’s disturbing assault on the media

By Matt McLaughlin on Feb. 16, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
OpEd: The Maine GOP should put a stop to its erroneous and deceitful labels of what constitutes fake and trustworthy news.
LETTERS

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017: Lead ammo harms birds, Collins faces challenges as moderate, judges also play politics

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.
TAKE A BREATH

Who comes first, you or your Financial Adviser?

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 7:05 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
President Donald Trump speaks during a listening session with the Retail Industry Leaders Association and member company CEOs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 15, 2017.

The Trump presidency is not crippled

By Ed Rogers, The Washington Post on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:58 a.m.
OpEd: Everybody should take the long weekend, breathe into a brown paper bag and regain some perspective on where we are under President Trump.
DANA MILBANK
President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017.

Trump’s toxicity has Republicans running away from their constituents

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:47 a.m.
OpEd: Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois has a safe seat in Congress. So what’s he running from?
CONTRIBUTORS
Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 11, 2017.

I made the difficult decision to have an abortion, and it probably saved my life

By Jules Hathaway on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6:43 a.m.
OpEd: One in three women will have an abortion. Could one of us be someone you love?
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Snow Daze

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 6 a.m.
EDITORIALS
U.S. Sen. Angus King helps unload a bus full of food at the Portland nonprofit Preble Street in this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo.

Lawmakers shouldn’t let ideology trump the needs of real people

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
State policies have increased the number of children in poverty, raised food insecurity in Maine, and grown the ranks of people without health insurance.
STIRRING THE POT

Immigrants in My Family

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
LETTERS

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017: Don’t end refugee resettlement, carbon tax a bipartisan solution, Trump attacks the truth

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 10:43 a.m.
Letters for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017: Don’t end refugee resettlement, carbon tax a bipartisan solution, Trump attacks the truth
CONTRIBUTORS
Pro-Choice supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Feb. 11, 2017.

How Trump could cut off funding for Planned Parenthood

By Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View on Feb. 15, 2017, at 7:09 a.m.
Trump said he would “defund” Planned Parenthood. And he can advance that goal by executive order, if he wants.
CONTRIBUTORS

The Penobscot is polluted with mercury. Without the EPA, it would be much worse.

By Dianne Kopec and Aram Calhoun on Feb. 15, 2017, at 6:57 a.m.
We examined the impact of the mercury discharges into the river from the HoltraChem plant. This work gave us first-hand knowledge of the value of the EPA and of the environmental consequences when regulations are absent or not enforced.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Food Insecurity

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 6:04 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Are superintendent costs hindering our fight against addiction?

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 1:48 a.m.
If the Augusta School Department is looking at cutting teachers who work with at-risk youth while spending over $260,000 on superintendent costs, the answer is yes.
BEN SPRAGUE

This rule change could let bad financial actors get away with fleecing clients

By Ben Sprague on Feb. 14, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
OpEd: The creation of the fiduciary rule was an appropriate measure to reign in the inappropriate behavior and biased recommendations of certain advisers and salespeople. It should be preserved and implemented as intended.
EDITORIALS
Orono residents waiting to register to vote line a section of the indoor track at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center in Orono, Nov. 8, 2016.

Efforts to improve voting system’s ‘integrity’ aren’t solving any problems

By The BDN Editorial Board on Feb. 14, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
The biggest problem with elections in Maine and the United States is that not enough people vote. Some elections have turnout as low as 10 percent. Lawmakers should turn their attention to increasing turnout, not turning people away.
THE FROZEN CHOSEN

Snow Blindness

on Feb. 14, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
People take a selfie in front of a heart-shaped display a day before Valentine's Day in Luneta park, metro Manila, Philippines, Feb. 13, 2017.

What science can tell you about finding your valentine

By Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., The Conversation on Feb. 14, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
OpEd: For the well-being of ourselves and our relationships, “Will you be my valentine?” is the wrong question. Instead, the more important question to ask yourself is “Should you be my valentine?”