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Memorial Day: The loneliness of the funeral officer

on May 23, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
In 430 B.C., after the first year of the Peloponnesian War – arguably history’s most devastating civil conflict, between Athens and Sparta – the Athenians gathered to bury their dead and hear a eulogy by the general and statesman Pericles. In what has been described as the paradigm for Lincoln’s …
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Gov. Paul LePage appears at a news conference at the State House, where he and others discussed the virtues of his tax reform package in this April 15, 2015, file photo.

Abandon tax reform hopes, ensure no dangerous changes take effect

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 23, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
As state budget negotiations enter a late stage, it’s looking less likely that Gov. Paul LePage will get what he wants in the form of the major tax system overhaul he proposed in January. In fact, it’s questionable whether Maine will get a significant tax change at all this legislative …
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Democrats their own worst problem

on May 23, 2015, at 6:43 a.m.
The Democrats may be their own worst problem. The party has considerable advantages according to recent national polls, but, at best, it comes across with a somewhat blurred image and, at worst, as pursing a version of liberalism that has limited appeal. Yet surveys show that most Americans agree with …
MAINELY THOUGHTS

My favorite vet wanted to stand up and salute before being taken off life support. I miss him everyday

on May 23, 2015, at 6:13 a.m.
Last year I wrote an essay that was heard on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and another version appeared in the Kennebec Journal. I wrote it to honor my closest friend, confidante and mentor who was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He passed away in 2013. Up …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Bumper cars

on May 22, 2015, at 7:43 p.m.
The Augusta amusement park.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day remembrance, Penobscot restoration, taxing rent

on May 22, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
Memorial Day Once again, it is time to remember the sacrifices of those who gave some or all to defend the freedoms we cherish, in wars around the globe. Without those sacrifices, we would be less free, enslaved or destroyed by madmen who would decide we were no more than …
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Paddlers head out for a tour of Wabassus Lake in June 2008. The Downeast Lakes Land Trust announced a conservation initiative to add 6,644 acres to already protected land in the area. The Land for Maine’s Future program awarded $850,000 toward the $3.2 million needed for the purchase.

Legislature can — and should — end LePage’s land conservation power grab

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 22, 2015, at 11:04 a.m.
In touting his income tax elimination plan, Gov. Paul LePage’s message is that the people should decide. “You hold the true power — not me, and not the Legislature,” an email from the governor said in urging Mainers to contact their legislators and tell them they support eliminating the income …
ALEX STEED
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 30. Sanders said he will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, setting up a progressive challenge to frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Bernie Sanders only candidate to take on issues important to millennials

By Alex Steed on May 22, 2015, at 7:13 a.m.
Like most people who don’t make their living off the fruit of the electoral politics tree, I find the entire political process suffocating and sad. I am tasked, however, with demystifying the so-called millennial perspective, part of which entails an honest assessment of those contending for the 2016 presidential nomination, …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Martin mine

on May 22, 2015, at 6:07 a.m.
Rep. John Martin’s reaction to a reporters question about the “mining support/bankruptcy relief” was more interesting than the issue.
This undated, uncaptioned photo taken by the Maine Department of Economic Development comes from former University of Maine professor Paul Hepler's papers in the Special Collections at the University of Maine Fogler Library in Orono.

Sugar beets to Cate Street: What Maine hasn’t learned about economic development

By Christopher Burns on May 22, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
The state’s arrangement with Cate Street Capital to float the troubled company $40 million for the ailing East Millinocket paper mill is the latest example of Maine learning a hard lesson: Deals for economic development and job growth often are risks without reward. There’s another lesson, as well: Those who …
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Lindsey Carrier counts pills into a bottle at Apothecary By Design in Portland in this Sept. 23, 2014, file photo.

A way around highest prescription drug costs in the world

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 21, 2015, at 2:16 p.m.
Americans consistently spend more on prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. That spending reached new heights last year, jumping 13.1 percent to $373.9 billion. That works out to $995 per person, according to an April report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, triple the amount Americans spent …
CONTRIBUTORS
A home for sale in Winterport in this 2014 BDN file photo.

Let’s keep this budget from putting up hurdles to owning a home in Maine

By Andy Hamilton and Angelia Levesque on May 21, 2015, at 1:11 p.m.
Like all Americans, we believe in opportunity and the ability to live the American Dream. Owning a home is key to achieving that dream. Since the recession, Maine residents have struggled to recover and see economic growth in their local communities. One of the most critical economic issues we face …
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Friday, May 22, 2015: TANF drug tests, graveyard care, Bald Mountain mining

on May 21, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
Drug treatment, not tests The current drug policies in the state of Maine and the U.S. are not working. Ask any responsible, educated and honest law enforcement officer, treatment provider or elected official. The idea that the governor is trying to use drug testing to entice people to stop using …
CONTRIBUTORS

What makes teachers the heart, soul of good education

By Edwin Treworgy on May 21, 2015, at 11:01 a.m.
Effective, dedicated teachers are both idealistic and realistic. They set high standards for themselves and their students and also must make adjustments for students’ differences in intellect, background, ambitions or lack of them, and their attitudes toward themselves and their education. They work hard to send their students out into …
MAINELY THOUGHTS
Bootmobile Driver, L.L.Bean ambassador, and outdoorsman Eddie Flaherty makes a cast at Grand Lake Stream on the frigid first day of traditional open water fishing in Maine this April.

Outdoorsmen pay for licenses, registrations. Why don’t skiers and golfers even foot sales tax?

on May 21, 2015, at 9:47 a.m.
Since I started blogging, I’ve been guilting everyone I know into reading my posts, and people have been kind to do so. To show my appreciation, I thought my readers might like a little comic relief after the darker tones of the welfare legislation stuff — thus the decision to …
DANA MILBANK
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks through some toy glasses while shopping in Independence, Iowa, United States, May 19, 2015.

Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy on campaign finance

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 21, 2015, at 7:36 a.m.
In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party’s top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision. Clinton also, as reported by my Washington Post …
CHRIS BUSBY

The mayor of Portland surrenders

on May 21, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
Last month I predicted that, politically speaking, Portland Mayor Mike Brennan is toast. Earlier this week, Brennan all-but-officially abdicated his authority to lead Maine’s largest city, literally throwing up his hands in surrender during a City Council meeting when confronted with allegations he’d abused his authority and the trust of …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Letterman retirement

on May 20, 2015, at 3:34 p.m.
Letterman should move from 11:35 pm to 6:30 pm
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Why Bangor needs Amtrak

By Robert Klose on May 20, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
For a place so favorably situated — along one of the great scenic rivers of North America — and for all its rich history as an erstwhile lumber capital, has anyone noted that there is no form of mass transportation that will bring visitors from away to the heart of …
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Jonathan McKane

Government can’t force prosperity by decree

By Jonathan McKane on May 20, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
The slogan on the side of the bus says “Give America a Raise!” in big letters. It’s the Democrats’ national minimum-wage-hike tour bus, and it stopped in Maine last year. “Give Part-Time Suburban Teenagers a Raise” would be a more realistic slogan for increasing the minimum wage, but that wouldn’t …
 
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