A Scottish Saltire flag and British Union flag fly together with the London Eye behind in London in this September 2014 file photo.

Scotland delivers a welcome lesson in democracy

By Marc Champion, Bloomberg News on Sept. 21, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
Scots discovered at 6:08 a.m. Friday that they won’t break up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. In the Glasgow hotel where the much-maligned Better Together campaign gathered to watch the results, music began to pound, a union jack was unfurled and the party started — lasting just …
President Barack Obama (right) meets with Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to counter ISIL USMC General John Allen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington in this September 2014 file photo.

The jihadi logic

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Sept. 21, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion? There are two possible explanations. One …

Why Red Sox Nation should stand and cheer Derek Jeter

on Sept. 21, 2014, at 12:16 a.m.
  Sometime next Sunday afternoon, as the shadows cloak Fenway Park, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees mainstay at shortstop for the last 20 years, will come to the plate for his final professional at bat. When that happens, I hope for the sake of all who …
University of Maine System Chancellor James Page speaks during a forum at the Orono campus discussing the budget cuts in this April 2014 file photo.

University of Maine System needs to tout its worth if it wants more money

on Sept. 20, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
The University of Maine System likely needs more financial support from the state, especially as the seven-campus system has not raised tuition for three years. The problem with requesting additional state funds, however, is that the system has chronically done a poor job of convincing the public — and lawmakers, …

Good economic news can turn out badly

on Sept. 20, 2014, at 6:19 a.m.
Are things getting better? That’s difficult to know, because good news often turns out to be bad news. Here’s an example. Personal savings have increased. Recent reports indicate that consumer spending has declined, but savings are up. In other words, people are saving more and spending less. What’s wrong with …

Exit strategy

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
Iraq exit strategy?

Portland kicks off ‘Pilot Bike Corral’ project

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 12:12 p.m.
There’s no question that when it comes to modernizing our transportation infrastructure, the City of Portland needs to step up their game. Today marks a step in the right direction though, as the city kicks off their “Pilot Bike Corral” project. Taking advantage of internationally recognized “Parking Day”, the city …
Inmates who were completing their sentences in the Maine Coast Regional Reentry Center in Belfast pose in 2011. The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office received an award for the program for successfully lowering the recidivism rate among people who spent time there.

How providing ex-cons with their meds could fix America’s recidivism crisis

By Josh Voorhees, Slate on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — This year more than 650,000 inmates will be released from American prisons, a figure that breaks down to about 75 newly minted ex-cons every hour of every day. Within three years, the federal government estimates, roughly four in 10 of those former prisoners will be back …
Maine Governor Paul LePage's name tag sits unused on a table at an Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine forum at Hannaford Hall in Portland on Friday morning.

Word search in the race for governor: Waiting to hear about what really matters in Maine

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 10:29 a.m.
We’ll leave it to a psychologist to determine what it means that the most frequently used word in ads for Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor, is “I,” while the campaign for Paul LePage refers to the Republican governor in the third person. The more interesting finding from a BDN …

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014: Cameras, Obama and ISIS, endorsements

on Sept. 19, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
Smile for the camera The media news surrounding the Ray Rice incident has yet to mention a side story that could be written. If I were a news reporter I’d title it “Smile, you are on camera.” The Sept. 11 front page story “Will recordings damage personal politics in Maine?” …

Ray Rice, the NFL and a defining moment in the fight against domestic violence

By Steven Edmondson on Sept. 19, 2014, at 7:13 a.m.
True defining moments are rare in any movement, cause or social issue. Sure, there are events and circumstances that serve to immortalize the theme one is promoting, but to call something a defining moment, it has to have a significant impact across the spectrum of interest and not just within …

Economic Diner

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
During an election year – every time there is negative economic data about the state, the candidates all have a different spin on things. The beauty of this cartoon is the other two candidates could be ordering and saying the same thing as Cutler.
RED207 (blog)

Democrats’ disdain for businesses runs deep

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.
So far, one of the recurring themes of 2014 has been jobs and the economy. It has been a constant refrain from candidates up and down the ticket, in both parties. As usual, it being an election year, Democrats have been talking like Republicans on the issue. They’re hoping that …

Maine can’t afford to lose the bear referendum

By Tom Hennessey on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:35 a.m.
Not surprisingly, the Humane Society of the United States, the most affluent animal-rights organization nationwide, is backing Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting’s second attempt to ban bear hunting with baits, hounds and traps, via referendum. The Portland-based coalition’s first attempt, also backed by the HSUS, was defeated by referendum in …

Goldilocks, three bears and a voter’s dilemma this election season

By Patricia Callahan on Sept. 18, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
A spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler recently compared Maine’s gubernatorial race this fall to Goldilocks and the Three Bears in a Portland Press Herald column. With all the slapstick behavior going on with outside money and special interest groups, it’s more like “The Three Stooges” at the moment, but let’s go …

Friday, Sept. 19: Election, climate change, elephant misinformation, bear baiting

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
Stehle best qualified I am an independent candidate for Penobscot County Sheriff and I am responding to Glenn Ross’s letter (Sept. 13-14) and his comment that the job of sheriff is “not a job one learns from a textbook.” Ross’ insinuation that I lack the law enforcement experience for the …
Construction crews work on sidewalks in West Market Square in downtown Bangor on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Coupons to car washes: How Bangor can ease businesses’ construction-induced pain

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 9:11 a.m.
Construction in the heart of downtown Bangor has meant dusty environs, torn-up sidewalks, diverted traffic and the appearance of an imposing construction scene for much of the spring and summer. The result for a number of businesses in the affected area has been a dropoff in customer traffic. There’s little …

Rock ‘n’ roll: noise pollution or economic solution?

on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:56 a.m.
Political pundits have been at a loss to explain why gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is still polling far behind his rivals for the Blaine House. I believe I have the answer. At a time when most Mainers are still struggling to make ends meet, it’s not surprising that multi-millionaire Sen. …
President Barack Obama participates in a briefing from top military leaders while visiting U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, September 17, 2014. From L-R are: United States Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Obama, Commander of Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin III and U.S. Special Operations Commander Joseph Votel.

Republicans saddle their warhorses

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was testifying Tuesday about the need for military action in Syria and Iraq when Ann Wright, an anti-war demonstrator in the audience, rose and began shouting: “No more war! No more war!” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, hammered the gavel. “You’re …

With nomination of Susan Dench, LePage cronyism continues

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 11:05 p.m.
To nobody’s surprise, Governor LePage’s nominations to the University of Maine board of trustees have drawn criticism. Of his three nominations, the one who has immediately grabbed headlines is former BDN blogger, Susan Dench. Dench, from Falmouth, , leads the Informed Women’s Network, a conservative advocacy group with chapters around …
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