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These 6-inch-wide natural gas pipes were delivered Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, to Lincoln as Bangor Gas Co. started preparing to extend a natural gas system to Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC.

Shorter approval pipeline, risky subsidies aren’t the key to lower electricity prices

There is no doubt that Maine needs to continue to diversify its energy mix and that natural gas will play a large role in that …

When violence happens in the privacy of one’s home, it matters to us all

It is said the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. If the owner of that hand has been slapped around and lives in …

FCC needs the right reforms to end rural Maine’s Internet isolation

Today, many rural areas — including large swaths of rural Maine where I live, as well as across the country — cannot access broadband Internet …
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland.

The fights against global warming, for social justice are one and the same

Environmentalists have always seemed sort of cowardly to me. Taking care of the earth is important, of course, but it’s been justice for people that …

Why Susan Dench’s rejection is not simple partisan politics

The rejection today by the State Senate of Susan Dench’s nomination for a five-year term on the University of Maine System’s Board of Trustees is …
Gov. Paul LePage

It’s time LePage dropped the act of campaign referee

In recent weeks, Maine voters have heard more from Paul LePage the campaign referee than LePage the candidate for re-election. In the process, they’ve heard …

The (false) promise for jobs

FROM an op-ed titled A promise to grow jobs, shrink government that no Maine politician is making, authored by Allison Mitchell and published in this …
Mark Swann

Congress needs to act so Maine’s LGBT homeless youth can get help

Not many issues are bipartisan these days, but thankfully, ending youth homelessness is one of them. In July, Sen. Susan Collins, along with Sen. Patrick …
Alison Mitchell, research assistant at the University of Maine Center on Aging.

A promise to grow jobs, shrink government that no Maine politician is making

In just a month, America votes. Here in Maine, I’ll be looking for candidates smart and bold enough to call for investment in Maine’s future. …

I’m proud of the positive things Maine Democrats have done for small businesses

Maine is a small business state. Compared to other places, more of our businesses are small, and more of our workers are employed by small …

Why workers in Maine shouldn’t vote for LePage

As a resident of Auburn and a wife and mother to Franco-American Lewiston natives, I hold a special place in my heart for people from …
Democrats Ben Grant (left), Troy Jackson (center) and Richard Farnsworth criticize the LePage administration's handling of several key scandals in the Department of Health and Human Services at a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 25, in Augusta.

Psychiatric center’s patients deserve better than treatment as political football

It is unconscionable that major problems persist at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta decades after a consent decree was put in place to ensure …

Cry, you’re on hidden camera

Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation …
Susan Dench

Evidence of plagiarism by Susan Dench: Here’s why it matters

Last week, I spoke before the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs against the nomination of Susan Dench for the University of …

New poll with Michaud leading and Cutler lagging suggests why LePage says he will debate

In a new poll commissioned by the Press Herald, Rep. Mike Michaud continues to lead the race for governor. You can read their article about the …

We all benefit from Maine’s bear hunt the way it is

I find it hard to just sit back and remain silent when there’s a threat to anything that will cost me, my family and friends …

Danby Ink

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