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Politics

Trip to Israel: The holy city of Jerusalem

Tomes have been written about Jerusalem and the fact that it is home to holy sites for the world’s three great monotheistic religions. The Temple Mount is the third holiest site in Islam and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. By tradition, the Dome of …

David Farmer

David Farmer
6:27 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Politics

My weird relationship with guns

Our society is predicated on freedom, but there’s a tipping point when freedom for those who want to own guns starts to infringe on the freedoms of those who don’t.

Lance Dutson

Lance Dutson
5:50 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Politics

Doctors picket Sen. Collins’ office in support of Affordable Care Act

A group of about fifty protestors stood outside the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building on Saturday, the home of Maine Senator Susan Collins’ Bangor office, in order to call for the protection of the Affordable Care Act. The size of the crowd isn’t particularly notable, given the frequency and fervency …

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping
5:30 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Portland

When he died, kids paid for his statue with pocket change

School children all over New England collected $17,000 in pennies, nickels and dimes. Their names are in a sealed box, somewhere within the pedestal.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
5:30 am Monday, February 27, 2017

You can shoot 25 snow geese a day!

You can shoot 25 snow geese a day! That’s one of the most surprising things about the proposed new rules governing hunting of migratory birds in Maine in 2017, just issued by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A public hearing on all of these rules is scheduled for …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, February 27, 2017

Sports

Busch Wins, Racing Preview, and on Memory Lane

Episode 200 February 26, 2017 200 Episodes Already! I find it difficult to believe this is Episode #200. I want to thank all the folks who read, subscribe, and share the weekly UpNorth Motorsports stories. I am humbled to think that you would join with me on this journey about …

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
11:27 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Midcoast

Big Screen Movies and Blue Slush: Those Other Milestones

Hello from North Haven! Our February break just ended and my daughter Penrose and I spent four nights of it off island. We spent the first part with my parents and then migrated to Boothbay Harbor and met up with my husband for a few nights with some dear friends. …

Courtney Naliboff

The Frozen Chosen
9:23 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sports

Tourney 2017: Unsung Heroes, Heroines Lead Title Runs

The day after.  It’s a day that has become an annual tradition for me.  It’s a time to digest the feast that was forty-two games of the Northern Maine Class B, C, and D basketball tournament at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center.  One doesn’t have to think long when reflecting upon …

Bob Beatham

The Press Box
8:16 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sports

My not so perfect weight loss advice

I once had a member so angry at me for making her blow her diet, that she sent a letter to the owner of the franchise. It was handwritten in heavy, black pencil – all caps. It read: Yup, I gave not-so-perfect advice to a member who was miserably unhappy …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
10:10 am Sunday, February 26, 2017

Opinion

Transgender Student Rights: Status Quo Here in Maine

Last May, the Obama Department of Education and Department of Justice issued guidance to schools about supporting transgender students in schools under Title IX. Schools receive guidance via a “Dear Colleague Letter” that helps provide answers and helps guide educators, parents, students, and other stakeholders better understand an issue. Fast …

Phillip Potenziano

Running Thoughts
7:31 am Sunday, February 26, 2017

Politics

Trip to Israel: On the northern border with Syria and Lebanon

We talk about Syria like it’s still a nation state. Talking with military intelligence experts along the northern Israeli border with Lebanon and Syria, it becomes clear that’s not the case. Rebel fighters, the Islamic State, Kurds and Turkey – along with the Assad regime and its affiliated groups, which …

David Farmer

David Farmer
7:06 am Sunday, February 26, 2017

Outdoors

Experience the great Maine outdoors: February photos

Words are amazingly powerful but then it is all about actions. Creating photographs provides me with the chance to capture and freeze actions. I hope that they inspire you and encourage you to get outside and live your adventure life on your terms. This month has been snowy and fun. Though …

Jlynn Frazier

Wild for Adventure
7:00 am Sunday, February 26, 2017

Business

How Trumpy is your town?

Vote figures give us a chance to peer over the fence at the neighbors and see which towns voted like others, at least in terms of support for Trump.

Darren Fishell

Widgets and Digits
6:00 am Sunday, February 26, 2017

Homestead

Grow a healthier and tastier garden this year organically

Say you’re going to have an organic garden this year.  Are there ‘organic’ seeds and should you buy them? There are organic seeds and buying organic seedlings guarantees your seeds will not be treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. You might have heard of these chemical pesticides that are sucked in by …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
7:46 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017