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MAINE MEETS WORLD

Why New Balance factories will close if the Trans-Pacific trade deal passes

on April 25, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
The Trans Pacific Partnership. A name simultaneously so grand and so vague that it’s easy to find it either ominous or inspirational, depending on your disposition. At the highest level, the TPP is pretty easy to understand. It’s a big free trade agreement—the biggest ever in fact—between some Pacific Rim …
GWYNNE DYER
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza (center) and First Lady Denise Nkurunziza (right) kneel down in prayers during the mass to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the death of late President Cyprien Ntaryamira, killed in a plane crash alongside Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana at the catholic cathedral Regina Mundi, in the capital Bujumbura, April 6, 2016.

Will Burundi be the scene of the next genocide?

By Gwynne Dyer on April 25, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
The good news is that the killing in Burundi has not yet grown into a civil war. The bad news is that it is getting there.
CONTRIBUTORS
The front and back of a $20 bill are shown during an unveiling at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, U.S., May 13, 2003.

Andrew Jackson never wanted to be on the $20 bill anyway

By Bloomberg View, Stephen Mihm on April 24, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
There is one major political figure who would be thrilled by the news: Jackson himself.
CONTRIBUTORS
The effect known as Blue Moon is seen next to the Statue of Liberty in New York July 31, 2015.

Maine needs skilled immigrants — lest its workforce keep shrinking

By Mark Russo on April 24, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
The state must offer businesses a workforce and facilitate the inflow of employees whether from other parts of the country or internationally.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Juggling act

on April 24, 2016, at 10:05 a.m.
The amazing LePage!
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) connects for a solo home run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

Our own Mickey Mantle

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on April 24, 2016, at 10 a.m.
We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping The Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section.
EDITORIALS
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (left) and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders during the Democratic presidential candidate debate at Brooklyn Navy Yard, April 14, 2016.

How to judge Sanders and Clinton’s plans to make college more affordable

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 24, 2016, at 9:48 a.m.
So, what do low-income students need? It’s not as simple as free tuition for all.
LETTERS

Monday, April 25, 2016: Kenduskeag race, scrap I-395 connector, solar veto

on April 24, 2016, at 7:51 a.m.
Kenduskeag race, scrap I-395 connector, solar veto
STIRRING THE POT

The Promise of Ecological Economics

on April 24, 2016, at 5:48 a.m.
Several of my colleagues in the UMaine School of Economics and I have had the same experience.  When we meet someone new and tell them we are economists, we are asked for investment advice or an opinion on when the Federal Reserve is likely to raise interest rates.  There is …
CONTRIBUTORS

A growing population needs outdoor vacation spots, such as a Maine woods national monument

By Scott Fraser on April 23, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
OpEd: I am writing with hope that political leaders in our state ultimately will support the proposal to create a national monument east of Baxter State Park.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Limits on constitutional rights set by Congress, Supreme Court

on April 23, 2016, at 7:34 a.m.
People are supposed to be protected from an overly powerful government by the guarantees in the Bill of Rights. While it was never intended to be a complete list of individual rights, it was written to curb the excesses colonial Americans experienced under the British king. The Bill of Rights …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Earth Day: The day after

on April 23, 2016, at 5:52 a.m.
Earth Day : The day after.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Let doctors treat addiction with medical marijuana

on April 22, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
“For the first time, I feel hope. The other times I tried to quit I didn’t,” said Matt Low.
EDITORIALS
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to an answer his wife, Melania, gives during an interview on NBC's 'Today' show in New York on Thursday, April 21.

Trump’s transgender bathroom common sense challenges the GOP

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 22, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
Trump demonstrated that he sees the humanity in transgender people in a way Maine Gov. Paul LePage does not.
LETTERS

Saturday, April 23, 2016: Tax hike for cable customers, a gift for Veazie

on April 22, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, April 23, 2016: Tax hike for cable customers, a gift for Veazie
ALEX STEED
Charlie Steed (left) during his time in the Navy. He served two tours during which he manned a destroyer, the E.G. Small, during the Korean conflict and received a Purple Heart.

What I learned from taking care of my dad as he was dying

By Alex Steed on April 22, 2016, at 7:25 a.m.
It was wonderful in the way those opportunities are. I got to know the man rather than the father.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Why The Maine GOP should remove traditional marriage from their platform

on April 22, 2016, at 12 a.m.
Marriage can be a touchy topic in politics. Should homosexuals be able to engage in a legal relationship together, and live their lives with the benefits of a state recognized heterosexual couple? More often than not, this tends to be a partisan battle, with Democrats arguing in favor of same-sex …
THE GLOCAL

HOPE Festival – Art and Social Change

on April 21, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
The global and local dynamics generated by our current globalized system have had social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental implications that have changed our lives. We are now part of an international economic experiment that is altering how humans connect not only to one another but also to their surrounding …

Don’t let history at the American Boychoir School ruin today

By Robert L. D’Avanzo on April 21, 2016, at 4:02 p.m.
I do not at all criticize the author for telling her story but only for insisting that a story about a boychoir school also address her family’s personal pain.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Redesigned currency

on April 21, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
The real redesigned currency story isn’t that Harriet Tubman will appear on the $20 bill or that Hamilton gets to stay on the $10 bill. The story is the black eye Jackson has received over his controversial past.