A bomb squad technician walks past the gyrocopter that Doug Hughes landed on the grass in front of the United States Capital on Wednesday, April 14, 2015.

Mr. Hughes goes to Washington — in a gyrocopter

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on April 28, 2015, at 8:26 a.m.
When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says. He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down — and probably should …

The Duel

on April 27, 2015, at 3:53 p.m.
The governor and attorney general at odds over “veto power.”

Police need special tools to help people in mental health crisis

By Danielle Walsh on April 27, 2015, at 12:03 p.m.
The Legislature’s Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice recently heard testimony on a bill aimed at mandating the amount of law enforcement officers in each sector or region who are trained to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The bill LD 534, “An Act to Increase Crisis …
John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, sits at his desk in the State House. He was first elected to the Maine Legislature in 1964.

Term limits have changed Maine’s Legislature — for the worse

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2015, at 11:49 a.m.
The fact that John Martin is still in the Legislature is proof that term limits don’t work. Martin, who has served in the Legislature for most of the last 50 years, is sponsoring legislation to do away with term limits. In part because of Martin’s involvement, and also because of …

Introducing Mainely Thoughts

on April 27, 2015, at 11:27 a.m.
I am a cynic who remains hopeful because I believe in people, in our state and in our country.

Maine shouldn’t join the race to the bottom by weakening unions

By Ralph Tucker on April 27, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
Maine policymakers want to encourage good job skills and higher wages for working people. Unions have done just that. By providing higher wages and protection against arbitrary treatment, American unions improve the living standards of the middle class. Labor unions are a training ground for citizenship through the practice of …
President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, followed by first lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush, arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, for the unveiling of the Bushes' portraits.

George W. Bush bashes Obama on Middle Eastern policy

By Josh Rogin, Bloomberg News on April 27, 2015, at 10:15 a.m.
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naive about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. …

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 …
A protester holds a flag during a rally in support of Saudi Arabia over its intervention in Yemen, after Friday Prayers in Karachi, Pakistan, April 24, 2015. The flag reads in Arabic, "there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is the prophet."

‘Decisive Storm’ blows over

By Gwynne Dyer on April 27, 2015, at 8:44 a.m.
Once upon a time big military operations were given obscure names so the enemy wouldn’t guess what the plan was. The German plan for the invasion of France in 1940 was called “Fall Gelb” (Case Yellow); the American counter-attack in the Korean War that recovered Seoul was “Operation Chromite.” But …

Caner-Medley’s Corner- Following Michael Jordan’s lead

on April 27, 2015, at 2:52 a.m.
Note: This will be Nik’s final entry for “Caner-Medley’s Corner.” It’s been a lot of fun working on this series with him. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as Nik and I have enjoyed putting the whole thing together. Thanks- Chris “I’m excited to say that we made the …

LePage values nonprofits, then says they’re takers

By Lori K. Gramlich on April 26, 2015, at 11:43 a.m.
In an effort to promote his budget and tax overhaul proposal, Gov. Paul LePage held his latest town hall meeting in Ellsworth on April 16, where he said nonprofits should have to pay taxes because he thinks “they should contribute to society.” Having attended three of the six town hall …

Obama drones

on April 26, 2015, at 8:49 a.m.
Oops! Apologizing in such a way to suggest a small mistake or minor accident just doesn’t cut it for such an out-of-control program. .
Susan Corbett, CEO of Axiom Technologies in Machias

Preparing students for tomorrow’s jobs starts in schools today

By Susan Corbett on April 26, 2015, at 6:08 a.m.
Maine’s business community greatly values and relies on our state’s K-12 public education system. Much good work is being done to prepare our students for college and the workplace. We have many high-quality teachers and kids in Maine and a learning system that graduates many students who are well-prepared for …
Rep. Deborah Sanderson, R-Chelsea

Sometimes parents need to ask for help without fear of losing custody

By Deborah Sanderson and Stephen Stanley on April 26, 2015, at 6:04 a.m.
Nearly 2,000 children are living in Maine’s foster care system, far outpacing the number of approved foster and adoptive families. While the Office of Child and Family Services issued a plea last month for more families to open their homes to children in foster care, we must do more to …
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) answers a reporter's question after a bilateral meeting with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (L) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington April 14, 2015.

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on April 26, 2015, at 6:02 a.m.
In December, President Barack Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: — Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce …

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, …
A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

How one paragraph, deep in the state budget, could change the face of Maine’s capital

By Anthony Ronzio on April 25, 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
On the east bank of the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta are the grounds of the former Augusta Mental Health Institute. The most imposing structure is the spooky, silent Stone building, carved from sturdy Hallowell granite, which has weathered some 175-odd years in the shadow of Maine’s State House across …
A Portland "buttler" shows signs of use in Monument Square on Wednesday. The city sports about 70 of the public ashtrays strapped to utility poles and street signs.

Follow Portland’s lead. No one wants your cigarette butt on the sidewalk

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 25, 2015, at 9:10 a.m.
As much as the forces of public health have tried to change it, more than one in five Maine adults still smokes. And only about 10 percent of smokers’ cigarette butts find their way into appropriate receptacles, according to the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful. The result is likely a surprise …

Government raises taxes, while denying it

on April 25, 2015, at 6:34 a.m.
These days, people consistently oppose any proposed tax increases by the federal or state government. Candidates rally support by promising to cut taxes. If that happens, the amount of money governments take out of people’s pockets ought to be going down or at least remaining the same. In Maine, the …

LePage Tax Bop!

on April 24, 2015, at 4:56 p.m.
Trying to eliminate the income tax or reform the tax code is harder than it looks.
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