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CONTRIBUTORS
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, August 26, 2016.

Hungary: Closing the border

By Gwynne Dyer on Sept. 19, 2016, at 9:51 a.m.
“Hungary is not far away from issuing orders to open fire on refugees,” said one of the European Union’s foreign ministers on Tuesday.
STIRRING THE POT

Must Economic Growth Continue?

on Sept. 19, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
I recently suggested that one solution to the crisis of our age is a shift in economic paradigms to one called Sustainable De-growth.  To understand fully the implications of de-growth, we need to see where the phenomenon of growth comes from.  A new book by Swiss economic historian Matthias Schmelzer …
EDITORIALS
Video footage from the Conservation Law Foundation shows some of the species present in the Cashes Ledge area of the Gulf of Maine, 100 miles southeast of Portland.

Ocean preserves ‘free from human influence’ necessary for research, recovery

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 18, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
“As we continue to rebuild fish stocks to their true potential in the Gulf of Maine and its rivers, we need at least a few areas dedicated to preserving marine life in all its forms.”
CONTRIBUTORS

Credit where it’s due: Democrats dragged Republicans toward a fair budget

By Linda Valentino on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
The last state budget was a huge win for Maine families — and a far cry from the plan offered by the Republicans in the Legislature.
CONTRIBUTORS
Local business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference at Fork and Spoon in Bangor on June 7.

No woman who works full time deserves to live in poverty. Raising minimum wage can help.

By Eliza Townsend on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
The Maine Women’s Lobby asks all Maine voters to join us in voting yes on Question 4.
CONTRIBUTORS
A Maine Eastern Railroad engine is seen on tracks in Warren in 2004.

Federal regulatory creep would overburden railroads that support Maine economy

By Ian Jefferies on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:17 a.m.
To sustain the freight railroad industry’s role as a crucial piece of the national economy, as well as regional economies, smart economic regulations must remain in place.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Remote control planes resembling presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fly over the beach in Carlsbad, California, Sept. 15, 2016.

Clinton sharpens, Trump softens. He’s rising, she’s falling.

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Sept. 18, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
Can you really repackage the boasting, bullying, bombastic, insulting, insensitive Trump into a mellow and caring version? Turns out, yes.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Birther issue

on Sept. 18, 2016, at 7:56 a.m.
I want to see Trump’s birth certificate. I’m not sure he’s from this planet!
LETTERS

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016: Republicans failed Maine, vote to increase school funding, protesting warships

on Sept. 17, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Letters for Monday, Sept. 19, 2016: Republicans failed Maine, vote to increase school funding, protesting warships
CONTRIBUTORS
U.S. $1 bills are seen on a light table at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that median household incomes increased 5.2 percent last year, the largest single-year increase since record-keeping began in 1967.

Income liftoff shows the recovery is real

By Barry Ritholtz, Bloomberg on Sept. 17, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
OpEd: We have seen signs that wage pressure is building as the economic recovery grinds on. Enough evidence has now accumulated to suggest it is already happening.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Here are 4 election alternatives that work better than ranked-choice voting

on Sept. 17, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
This is the final part of a three-part series opposing ranked-choice voting, Question 5 on the November state ballot. Suppose you regret the election of Gov. Paul LePage, the result of his opposition vote being split between two other candidates. One solution, you think, might be ranked-choice voting, believing that …
MAINELY THOUGHTS

No Johnson/Weld in the first round of debates! Bummer!

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 9:23 p.m.
Given the approval ratings of the two major party candidates, not giving better voice to a reasonable alternative is deplorable.
RUNNING THOUGHTS

End of an era: My tailor is retiring now what?

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 8:40 p.m.
If you have body-type similar to mine, or maybe you are the type that likes to stretch your dollars by buying quality, used clothing then you probably have a favorite tailor. I recently brought in a couple of old suits that needed repairs to Antoine’s Tailor Shop on Congress Street …
CONTRIBUTORS
Democratic Party supporters hold signs opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25, 2016.

Does TPP’s slow death mean the world is now unsafe for trade deals?

By Charles Hankla, The Conversation on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m.
It seems that the world has become unsafe for trade agreements.
LETTERS

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016: Clinton a strong candidate, ignore political ads, football protests not helping

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016: Clinton a strong candidate, ignore political ads, football protests not helping
EDITORIALS
Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks at the opening of the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland on Jan. 5, 2015.

LePage ensures that sound policy won’t get in the way of welfare privatization agenda

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 16, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is finalizing a deal to outsource the job training and placement aspects of the state’s cash assistance program.
MAINE MEETS WORLD

Judging by History, a European Ban on Maine Lobster Might Really Happen

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
Earlier this year, Sweden complained about finding American lobsters in nearby waters and called for a ban on imports of the crustacean. Last week, the EU took a major step forward in the process for pursuing such a ban when a scientific review body said that Sweden’s complaint has merit. That means that a …
PERSPECTIVES

Why You Should Never Tell Someone It’s a Beautiful Day

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 8:22 a.m.
Ah, another beautiful sunny fall day. “Agh. Beautiful sunny days are killing us. Last year was the hottest year in history, smashing the old record set in 2014; and 2016 is blowing those records away. And the drought! Oh. My. God. Even the rainy coast of New England is abnormally dry. The streams have no water. …
THE GLOCAL

Lets Aim for Peace Together

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:54 a.m.
We only reflect on peace when something tragic happens in our communities but it is something we should focus on daily.  This Saturday September 17 the Bangor and surrounding communities will come together to reflect on peace and reconciliation. The End Violence Together rally scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

“Action Against LePage” results

on Sept. 16, 2016, at 6:32 a.m.
Here’s the results from last weeks cartoon asking readers to vote on what to do with our governor.