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The USS San Juan is undocked after an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. Maine workers can't access the facility because their driver's licenses don't comply with the federal Real ID law.

Mainers are hurt by the state’s Real ID defiance. Legislature should fix it.

Maine should join other states in moving forward with upgrades to driver’s licenses to comply with federal standards.

Trump’s climate change denial is bad news for Maine’s lobster fishery

As someone who depends on a clean environment to make a living, I’m worried we are trading the long-term health of our planet for short-term economic gains.

Trump wants a huge giveaway for the private prison industry

It is within our power as citizens to demand prison reform and sensible immigration policy from our leaders in Washington. However, as the quota discussed here suggests, once a giveaway for a large and powerful industry is enshrined in public policy, it becomes very hard to undo, even when the agencies and Cabinet secretaries involved attempt to change it.
The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army Airborne CH-47 Chinook window gunner while flying toward Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Dec. 7, 2014.

Obama left the US military too weak to deal with global menaces

U.S. combat operations have declined since the Bush era, but contrary to President Barack Obama’s claims, no wars have been ended.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant at the Stillwater Health Care nursing home in Bangor, pushes Ora Bartlet to the dining hall before breakfast on Feb. 28.

Would you want to deal with so much death? Give CNAs a raise

Wendy Harrington checks her paperwork at the Weald Bethel Food Pantry in Cherryfield on Dec. 20.

LePage’s food stamp policies have ensured food pantry lines will keep growing

The LePage administration isn’t finished with its efforts to make it harder for people to eat.

Maine deserves to know why LePage suddenly likes land conservation

What could have caused LePage to have such a drastic change of heart regarding the Land for Maine’s Future program we thought he scorned?

A commitment to poor children’s well-being is key to Maine’s future prosperity

Support for families to alleviate conditions of poverty can make a significant difference for those children throughout their lifetime.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017.

Stop blaming each other over the failed health care bill and start governing

What matters now is that Democrats stop gloating, Republicans stop sulking, and each party come to the table to improve a health care system that both parties agree needs work.

A moment to cheer, not a time to gloat

The coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried through crowded streets during his funeral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, March 23, 2017.

How the Brexit could reignite violence in Northern Ireland

The open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic depends on both countries being part of the European Union.

A history for millennials of the low-tech victories over life’s minor frustrations

It recently occurred to me that in my lifetime we have witnessed the healthy appearance of some remarkably useful little inventions so simple that, when you think about it, the normal reaction is or should be, “Doggone it, why didn’t I think of that? I could now be as rich as Warren Buffett.”
Protesters demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump and his plans to end Obamacare outside the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.

American democracy isn’t so decadent after all

The anti-Trump opposition flatters itself as “the resistance.” As if this is Vichy France. It’s not. It’s 21st-century America. And the good news is that the checks and balances are working just fine.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for the afternoon ministerial plenary for the Global Coalition working to Defeat ISIS at the State Department in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Tone-deaf Tillerson isn’t doing his job

We have heard the excuses over and over on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s behalf. He’s new at this. He’s getting his feet wet. He’s not used to press scrutiny. Frankly, neither he nor his defenders are helping his cause at this point.
A TSA security officer and his dog scan departing passengers at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego, California, July 1, 2016.

Trump is turning us all into tools of his border-control agenda

Ever since Sept. 11, American Muslims have complained of receiving extra scrutiny when they fly.
Democratic women in Congress arrive for a rally during the Day Without a Woman on International Women's Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

Policymaking suffers when there are no women in the room

Having more women in government isn’t about eliminating unflattering photos or ending uninformed, embarrassing comments. It is about crafting better policies and laws for all Americans.

Danby Ink

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