on March 04, 2014, at 1:07 p.m.
Scenic resources In a Feb 28 BDN OpEd, Paul Williamson extolled “Maine’s obligation to wind power.” He got one thing right: “Wind energy is highly visible.” And that is precisely why inland wind power is not a good investment for Maine. Maine has an equal obligation to its scenic resources. …
By Daniel B. Coffey on March 04, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
It is widely acknowledged that Maine has an opioid-addiction problem, with legally-prescribed opioid pain medications being diverted from their intended use, and heroin making a comeback as restrictions on opioid prescriptions are implemented, making pills harder to obtain. What is not agreed upon, however, is the best approach to tackling …
By Lee Umphrey and Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung on March 04, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.
Recently, as leaders from the federally qualified health centers of Washington County, we spent a day in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta to showcase the resources, initiatives and services we provide to our communities. We talked to legislators and lobbyists about our vital role helping …
By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 04, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
President Barack Obama’s new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — “My Brother’s Keeper” — is cause for cheer. It isn’t that we haven’t known for some time that minority boys are in trouble. Poor school performance, truancy, delinquency and, ultimately, high incarceration rates cannot be separated from …
FIGHTING THE TIDES (blog)
on March 04, 2014, at 1:57 a.m.
About a year ago, Mike Nappi of Portland took a leap of faith and bought the Fishermen’s Grill restaurant at 849 Forest Avenue in Portland. Nappi, a 2002 graduate of Deering High, quickly took the place from a struggling also-ran on the fringes of the Portland restaurant scene to a …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)
on March 03, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
Welfare fraud has many faces.
on March 03, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
The University of Maine System has too much building space on its campuses for the number of students enrolled and taking in-person classes. At the same time, upperclassmen at the University of Maine are facing the prospect that there won’t be space for them in campus residence halls next year …
By Paul Stearns on March 03, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
Former Superintendent Rich Abramson’s points regarding the benefits of online learning opportunities for Maine students in his Feb. 26 BDN OpEd were right on the mark. Distance learning must be a tool in the educational toolbox of all Maine communities. Like Abramson, I too am a retired superintendent of schools …
on March 03, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Review rights The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, guaranteeing our human rights. When you think how recent events have made the Bill of Rights all but moribund, you realize there’s no cause for celebration. Here’s an abbreviated list of the amendments and where they …
Maine’s ‘religious freedom’ vote shouldn’t have been along party lines: Why I hope Republicans will reconsider
By Stacey Fitts on March 03, 2014, at 12:14 p.m.
As a Republican, I was disappointed to see that so few of my like-minded friends in the Legislature recently decided to stand up against LD 1428, An Act to Protect Religious Freedom, and lend their vote to stopping this harmful law. During my eight years in the Maine House of …
By Kim Ervin Tucker on March 03, 2014, at 10:47 a.m.
Since 2000, the Maine Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have pushed to deepen the shipping channel in Searsport. In 2000, they proposed deepening the channel from 35 feet to 37 feet. This proposal was abandoned after many voiced concerns about the devastating effect on the …
By Gwynne Dyer on March 03, 2014, at 10 a.m.
It’s a “treacherous attack” and a “dirty conspiracy,” claimed Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose image as a devout Muslim and an honest man is the key to his political success. But he didn’t deny that the voice on the recordings was his, nor that the other voice was …
By Lenore M. Tipping and Lucy G. Quimby on March 02, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.
We join with our colleagues in the Maine Psychological Association in urging our legislators to accept federal funding to expand health care coverage for 70,000 additional Mainers. In our clinical practices, we see firsthand the harm done by lack of insurance. People who have not been able to afford health …
By Andy Sturgeon, LaMarr Clannon, Steve Kahl, Brett Hart on March 02, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
Is stormwater a “problem” for Maine municipalities? Yes, it is. Precipitation that runs off our parking lots, sidewalks and rooftops (aka stormwater from developed land) picks up urban residue and carries it to lakes and streams. It makes flooding worse, which damages roads, culverts and sometimes even homes. It warms …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (blog)
on March 02, 2014, at 10:55 a.m.
Russian President Putin should get an Oscar for being a great actor. One moment the pleasant host of the Olympics, the next, brutal dictator.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The Washington Post on March 02, 2014, at 10:24 a.m.
Armies are like newspapers. They have become 21st-century anachronisms. To survive, they must adapt. For the press, that means accommodating the demands of the Internet. For the United States Army, it means adjusting to a changing security environment. Nostalgia about a hallowed past is a luxury that neither armies nor …
By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on March 02, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
Henry Kissinger once pointed out that since Peter the Great, Russia had been expanding at the rate of one Belgium per year. All undone, of course, by the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Russian President Vladimir Putin called “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Putin’s mission is …
on March 02, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
Bridge fences Enough is enough. It’s about time we gave this bridge a break. When people want to end their life, they come to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. It’s about time they put up some safety rails and fences to stop people from jumping off this bridge. They put up …
on March 02, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
You could be excused for being a bit confused about what happened with the Maine Department of Labor’s unemployment compensation program. A U.S. Department of Labor investigation, and a prior state review, found real problems that the LePage administration intervened in what is supposed to be an impartial hearing process …
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY (blog)
on March 01, 2014, at 8:11 a.m.
The recent vote on raising the ceiling on the national debt spotlighted the reason why Congress fails to act on virtually anything and manages to achieve record low popularity. The debt limit is really a sham. The debts have already been incurred, and the U.S. must pay their cost. Presumably, …