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How liberals undermine food stamps

It’s pretty late to be decrying SNAP’s paternalism because the program has never been about pure freedom of choice.

Take heed of Washington’s warnings about the threats to democracy

Washington’s words speak to our generation as much as to his own.
White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives before a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, Feb. 13, 2017.

The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.
The Penobscot Pavilion at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor is seen on May 31, 2016.

Access to health care in Maine depends on doctors, nurses from away

Without international doctors, nurses and other caregivers, people who live in our region would not have access to the health care services on which they depend.
Presque Isle fans cheer on their team during their 2015 Eastern Maine basketball championship tournament game against Gardiner at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Tourney time brings out best in Maine

Maine can be tough and cold and lean. But it’s worth savoring the special qualities of life here that make it all worthwhile.

Maine towns cling to poor schools when school choice could save rural education

The problem in the Katahdin region is old Yankee stubbornness, and school choice could fix it.

The GOP’s disturbing assault on the media

OpEd: The Maine GOP should put a stop to its erroneous and deceitful labels of what constitutes fake and trustworthy news.
Supporters of Planned Parenthood rally outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 11, 2017.

I made the difficult decision to have an abortion, and it probably saved my life

OpEd: One in three women will have an abortion. Could one of us be someone you love?
The Bangor Area Recovery Network holds a Circle of Caring challenge event in honor people affected by opioid abuse at Doyle Field in Brewer in this June 2016 file photo.

A border wall won’t stop heroin from coming to Maine

If only the solution to save Maine lives was so simple.
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, November 7, 2016.

Russian investigation one of many Congress should undertake

Questions about the Trump administration’s dealings with Russia have multiplied.

Academics don’t hold a monopoly on wisdom, insight

The supposed authority of advanced study doesn’t really translate to actual expertise.
U.S. Sen. Angus King helps unload a bus full of food at the Portland nonprofit Preble Street in this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo.

Lawmakers shouldn’t let ideology trump the needs of real people

State policies have increased the number of children in poverty, raised food insecurity in Maine, and grown the ranks of people without health insurance.

The Penobscot is polluted with mercury. Without the EPA, it would be much worse.

We examined the impact of the mercury discharges into the river from the HoltraChem plant. This work gave us first-hand knowledge of the value of the EPA and of the environmental consequences when regulations are absent or not enforced.

The accidental poetry of Mitch McConnell

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Are superintendent costs hindering our fight against addiction?

If the Augusta School Department is looking at cutting teachers who work with at-risk youth while spending over $260,000 on superintendent costs, the answer is yes.

This rule change could let bad financial actors get away with fleecing clients

OpEd: The creation of the fiduciary rule was an appropriate measure to reign in the inappropriate behavior and biased recommendations of certain advisers and salespeople. It should be preserved and implemented as intended.

Danby Ink

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