Imagine a world where all the pennies are buried at Yucca Mountain

By Eddie Adelman on April 16, 2015, at 12:10 p.m.
Do you remember the movie “High Noon,” the western in which Gary Cooper stands tall in the middle of town as he single-handedly takes on the Miller gang? In movies, as in life, there comes a time when a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Sixty-three years later, …
A nurse dispenses methadone pills at CAP Quality Care in Westbrook on March 13.

Try alternative addiction treatments before taking away methadone

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 16, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
There has been a lot of debate in recent months about replacing methadone treatment for opioid addiction with alternatives, such as Suboxone. In his proposed two-year budget, Gov. Paul LePage would end methadone treatment for MaineCare recipients to move them to Suboxone. Many treatment and health care providers warn that …

Friday, April 17, 2015: Guns are made to kill, General Assistance helps refugees, hiding priest abuse

on April 16, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
  Didn’t come to America to get GA In 1994, civil war broke out in my homeland, Rwanda. Like many others, I was routinely tortured and feared for my safety and my life. My only option was to escape the political insecurity and ethnic conflict that consumed my home country. …

Can you imagine fostering 600 children? Here are 5 beautiful lives well-lived

on April 16, 2015, at 10:56 a.m.
These five people are residents of Maine’s long-term care facilities, and their stories will inspire you.
U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

The GOP push for a permanent aristocracy

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on April 16, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
Give credit to Republicans in Congress. They’ve discovered, belatedly, that income inequality is a problem, and they’re no longer proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two percent of Americans. Now they are proposing to give tax breaks to the wealthiest two-tenths of 1 percent of Americans. On Tuesday …

Democrats’ tax scheme shows they missed the message

on April 16, 2015, at 6:45 a.m.
Last November, Maine voters sent a clear, if somewhat mixed message. By re-electing Gov. Paul LePage over Democrat Mike Michaud and giving Republicans control of the Maine Senate, they were endorsing the GOP’s message of fiscal reform and responsibility. By keeping the House in Democratic hands (with a reduced majority), …

Why Mayor Brennan is toast

on April 16, 2015, at 6:16 a.m.
Politically speaking, Portland Mayor Mike Brennan is toast. He’s a thin slice of white bread scorched by the turmoil in City Hall and burnt by the criticism of city councilors whom one would expect to be his allies. The next mayoral election is less than seven months away, and Brennan …

Nothing Like Big Tobacco

on April 15, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
Dire predictions that legal adult use of marijuana will set the stage for “Big Tobacco 2.0” to hoodwink us and poison our children simply do not stand up to the weight of scientific evidence or practical policy considerations. While the economic allure of entering a newly-minted legal industry has tobacco …

Spring Attire ( Part Two)

on April 15, 2015, at 4:24 p.m.
April 15: IRS tax deadline day. April 16: Don’t lose your shirt day.

How Upward Bound helps low-income, first-generation students succeed

By Patrick Nason on April 15, 2015, at 1:43 p.m.
Maine college students, including me, have benefited from what are called the TRIO programs, which started 50 years ago. These federal programs serve students who come from low-income homes and who are in the first generation of their families to go to college. Certain TRIO programs are designed specifically to …
James Alamillo works up the crowd at a rally staged before the LA City Council vote to ban plastic bags in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 2012.

Improve plastic bag reduction program before it goes in place elsewhere

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 15, 2015, at 1:26 p.m.
On Wednesday, Portland retailers began charging customers 5 cents for plastic and paper shopping bags. A city ban on polystyrene containers also went into effect. Portland leaders hope the ordinance changes will reduce use of the bags and containers, which clog water systems, choke wildlife and harm the environment in …
Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, stands outside the Bangor Baptist Church in December 2012.

There’s only 1 Easter miracle. It’s not family planning group’s fundraising success

By Carroll Conley on April 15, 2015, at 12:14 p.m.
I was recently deadlocked in morning traffic on my way to Orlando International Airport trying to get back to Bangor. I thought I had plenty of time, but it was going to be tight. And to make matters worse, I pulled into the wrong terminal. Things were not looking good, …

Thursday, April 16, 2015: Carbon tax, raise the minimum wage, Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid

on April 15, 2015, at 11:34 a.m.
No taxes from me Yesterday I finished my income tax and discovered that according to the rules, I owe almost $3,500 in federal taxes. It was a moment of moral struggle for me. I am aware that paying the tax would make life simpler without putting me in financial crisis. …
Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a panel discussion on financial crises at the International Monetary Fund Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference in Washington, in this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo.

How much can we blame the Fed for asset bubbles?

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg News on April 15, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
On Monday, Bloomberg View writer Mark Gilbert explored a fretful question: Are we in the midst of yet another asset bubble? Stanley Druckenmiller, who helped George Soros “break the Bank of England” in 1992, thinks we are. In a speech earlier this year, he said he’s got the same bad …

Spring Attire

on April 14, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
Springtime brings about extreme fashion statements. Some wardrobes are still stuck in a winter mode, while others are ready to dress like a hot August night.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Police abuse, North Woods park, vote on hunting

on April 14, 2015, at 12:22 p.m.
Excessive force The many examples of what appears to be excessive use of force by officers of the law toward citizens around the country is very disturbing. A recent example in California involved not one officer but 10 beating and kicking a man lying on the ground with his hands …

Maine must protect its older residents, not cut their prescription drug coverage

By Lori Parham, AARP on April 14, 2015, at 12:19 p.m.
In a year when Maine is not facing a budget crisis — and with clear bipartisan support for policies that support building an age-friendly Maine — it is troubling that programs that help people stay safely at home are in jeopardy. Maine should lead in taking care of its oldest …
Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic league speaks with reporters outside the State House in January 2014 while marshaling support for LD 1428. The bill, which would have allowed individuals and organizations to sue the government if they believe their religious beliefs have been infringed, failed in the Legislature last year.

Religious freedom act in Maine unnecessary, divisive and allows discrimination

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 14, 2015, at 11:14 a.m.
As conservative religious leaders argued — repeatedly — against the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the state’s nondiscrimination laws in the 1990s and 2000s, they claimed that Maine’s LGBT population was seeking “ special rights.” They made the same argument in opposition to same-sex marriage. Now, these critics are …
Rufus Percy, 35, and his wife raise pigs and grow grain on a 100-acre farm in Whitefield on Dec. 12, 2014. "If we want to encourage a lot of young people to get into farming, be it small medium or large, we have to figure out how to make it not only attractive but possible," Percy said.

Want to attract young people to Maine? Let’s make a deal

By John Steed on April 14, 2015, at 11:09 a.m.
I moved back to Maine seven months ago with my family to start a business, and I didn’t know the tax rate. I didn’t need to. State income tax rates were not part of the calculation. I wanted to be in Maine. I missed the woods and water and friendly …
Steven Barkan is a professor of sociology at the University of Maine.

At $385 billion, tax fraud amounts to the theft of a nation

By Steven Barkan on April 14, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
Wednesday is the dreaded Tax Day, the Internal Revenue Service’s filing deadline for 2014 tax returns. Millions of people and businesses around the United States are sending in their returns at the last minute or have done so during the past few months. Nobody likes paying taxes, but they are …
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