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Gov. Paul LePage addresses concerned older Maine residents at Ellen Leach Home on Sept. 3 in Brewer.

Rewards at the top, cuts at the bottom: The Marie Antoinette approach to governing

It is no secret that top government jobs pay less than comparable ones in the private sector and that this sometimes makes it hard to …

With nomination of Susan Dench, LePage cronyism continues

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 …

‘BPA-free’ isn’t enough: We need a new way to bring chemicals to market

Not long ago, environmental and health advocates pushed for the removal of a ubiquitous plasticizer, bisphenol-A, or BPA, from consumer products amid concerns about adverse …
Students board a bus on the first day of school in Bates County, Mo., on Aug. 14, 2013.

Common Core: Overreach or the start of school improvement?

Editor’s Note: The BDN first published this article on controversy surrounding the Common Core academic standards for English and math on Sept. 13, 2013. Since …

Credit gets you a flat-panel TV, not economic growth

It’s pretty obvious how credit drives my personal household consumption. If I borrow, I can get a nice big TV and a new car, but …
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko inspects the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Sept. 17, 2014.

Ukraine’s uneasy compromise pleases no one

The compromises Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has made to end the fighting in his country have taken shape, and they are dangerous to his political …
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James displays a body-mounted camera during a news conference in New York in this August 2014 file photo.

NYPD wants better police with tweets

In the tiny town of Jun, Spain, (population of 3,000) meeting rooms in City Hall have Twitter accounts. When residents want to reserve them, they …
RED207 (blog)

Another Democrat wants welfare for illegal immigrants

The Republican Governors’ Association and the Maine Republican Party have been calling out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud for his support of providing welfare benefits to illegal immigrants. This …
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveiled a 10-point healthcare plan in Portland on Monday which includes lowering costs by expanding Medicaid.

Building a healthy Maine: Michaud plan calls for comprehensive approach

A 10-point health care plan unveiled this week by Rep. Mike Michaud sets the right priorities by taking a holistic view of health and medical …
Joe Feinglass is a Research Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

A long-term payoff for a Medicaid expansion in Maine: Significantly better health

Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes of the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for Medicaid expansion have already cost Maine thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions …

The geological case for a Katahdin-area national park — and for an Acadia connection

Acadia National Park, at the confluence of Penobscot Bay and the open Atlantic Ocean, is a wonderful example of the bold, rocky coast of Maine. …
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice celebrates his touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland in this December 9, 2012 file photo.

Football has proven its moral vacancy. It’s time for fans to start quitting

After decades of soaring popularity and profits, professional football is at a moral crossroads. For decades, the NFL’s entire business model has been predicated on …
Faculty parade onto Morse Field at the University of Maine in Orono during the 2000 commencement ceremonies for UM graduates.

Only college graduates need apply

You’ve heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor’s degree for …
The Katahdin Avenue industrial park in Millinocket is a shell of what it was in this picture taken on May 4, 2014.

Tax breaks should go to those who pay all their taxes

Maine’s Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program aims to encourage business development by reimbursing companies for the local property taxes they pay on industrial equipment. Presumably, …

Why is Cutler so far back in the polls?

As Mike Tipping writes today, the polls in the Maine governor’s race continue to show Cutler far back. How far back? The last three polls …
Stan Moody

In protecting medical rights over religious freedom, something is upside down in Maine prisons

The 1996 crime for which Nadim Haque was convicted has long since been settled. The 50-year sentence imposed on the University of Southern Maine student …

The (non)correlation of taxes and growth

Danby Ink

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