Opinion

 
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017.

The real world of Obamacare repeal

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 19, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
The purists who insist upon entirely escaping the heavy hand of government are dreaming. The best you can hope for is to make it less intrusive and more rational.
CONTRIBUTORS
The evidence shows that early childhood education programs are critical for our future public safety, and for many of the kids, they are a ticket to a successful life that does not include crime.

Investing in early childhood education now reduces crime later

By Troy Morton on March 19, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
As sheriff of Penobscot County and having spent my 27-year career in law enforcement, I cannot emphasize enough the importance and benefits of high-quality early childhood education for Maine’s kids, especially our at-risk youth.
CONTRIBUTORS

I went to Cambodia to provide dental care to kids. What I learned opened my eyes.

By Mitchell Mamorsky on March 19, 2017, at 10:07 a.m.
It was truly a different world — a world that places value on living life and doesn’t take any good for granted.
CONTRIBUTORS

We’ll regret it if the state tears down the Frank J. Wood Bridge

By David F. Jester on March 19, 2017, at 10:05 a.m.
We need to look at preservation as a future, instead of tearing everything down, making society disposable. This about posterity, this is about preservation, this is about identity of a community.
STIRRING THE POT

Biomass Energy and Climate Change

on March 18, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
LETTERS

Monday, March 20, 2017: North Woods monument good for Maine, promote local food sovereignty, social safety net in danger

on March 18, 2017, at 9:44 a.m.
Letters for Monday, March 20, 2017: North Woods monument good for Maine, promote local food sovereignty, social safety net in danger
CONTRIBUTORS
People gas up at the Lakeside Market in Waterboro on Jan. 12, 2015.

Don’t just roll back fuel standards. Get rid of them.

By Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View on March 18, 2017, at 9:44 a.m.
OpEd: If Trump and congressional Republicans are going to pick a fight over fuel standards, they might as well go all the way.
EDITORIALS
Pedestrians cross Harlow Street in Bangor.

If you want to decrease pedestrian fatalities, get more people out walking

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
Although the number of traffic fatalities has declined in Maine over the decade between 2006 and 2015, the number of pedestrian fatalities has not.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

The Moon surface

on March 18, 2017, at 8:31 a.m.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Immigrants, refugees face U.S., European nationalism

on March 18, 2017, at 7:05 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

When a picture is worth thousands and thousands of words

on March 18, 2017, at 2:38 a.m.
I had a feeling I couldn’t describe until I saw it above me, getting beaten by the wind.
PERSPECTIVES

Beauty and the Shopping Piece

on March 17, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
LETTERS

Saturday, March 18, 2017: Penobscot jail overcrowding, oppose methane rule rollback, don’t make barriers to retirement planning

on March 17, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, March 18, 2017: Penobscot jail overcrowding, oppose methane rule rollback, don’t make barriers to retirement planning
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage says the Obama administration decertified the Riverview Psychiatric Center as “political retaliation.” He said the Trump administration would recertify the hospital.

Quality of mental health care in Maine doesn’t depend on who is in the White House

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 17, 2017, at 7:55 a.m.
Riverview should be recertified because the state has resolved the problems that led to the decertification.
CONTRIBUTORS
A view of the Blomstrand Glacier in Ny-Alesund, Norway.

The planet’s temperature is rising — and so are Americans’ worries about it

By Chelsea Harvey, The Washington Post on March 17, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
OpEd: As Americans grow more sure that climate change is a serious problem, the Trump administration has already begun repealing environmental rules and has proposed significant budget cuts for a number of federal programs that advance climate science or aid in mitigation and adaptation efforts.
CONTRIBUTORS
The Point Climate change

Curbing climate change has a dollar value. This is how we measure it.

By Joseph Aldy, The Conversation on March 17, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
While burning fossil fuels produces benefits, it also generates widespread costs to society — including damages from climate change.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

St. Patrick’s Day

on March 17, 2017, at 5:14 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Sunshine Week

on March 16, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
DANA MILBANK
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks to the media about the American Health Care Act at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017.

The GOP masterminds behind Obamacare’s ‘death spiral’

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on March 16, 2017, at 8:04 a.m.
OpEd: Obamacare isn’t failing; it’s being destroyed. And those committing the sabotage ought to own whatever happens next, whether they pass a replacement or not.
CONTRIBUTORS

St. Patrick’s Day is a time for everyone to celebrate all things Irish

By Hugh Curran on March 16, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
OpEd: The Irish diaspora is estimated at 70 million worldwide, and this is a day to celebrate being Irish or feeling oneself associated with things Irish.