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Mt. Kineo which was acquired through the Land for Maine's Future Program in 1990, rises out of Moosehead Lake in a photo taken in 2007.

LePage’s investigation of Land for Maine’s Future would be a waste

At his rant-filled press conference Friday, Gov. Paul LePage said he was launching an investigation of the Land for Maine’s Future program. The governor has …
Even though it looks clean on the surface, one of the most polluted places in Maine is the former Callahan Mine Corp. site in Brooksville.

Loose mining rules endanger the proven job creators for which Maine is known

Metal mining is a boom and bust industry with a long record of polluting the water and leaving taxpayers to pay the cleanup costs in …

LePage rant got it really wrong on Kansas

An angered Gov. LePage, in a press conference last Friday, claimed that critics had it wrong on income taxes and Kansas. He said it simply …
Republican legislative leaders discuss their reaction to a Democratic tax reform proposal during a press conference on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the State House in Augusta. From left are Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester; House Minority Ken Fredette, R-Newport; Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport; Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon, and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

The biennial budget bluster: Despite rhetoric, lawmakers find compromise on budgets

It happens every two years: lawmakers come close to finalizing a budget but one group holds out, saying they refuse to sign on to a …
Gov. Paul LePage said Friday at the Blaine House that Democrats' opposition to his constitutional amendment to repeal the income tax is &quotdespicable." He also pledged to veto every bill sponsored by a Democrat until his opposition relents and accepts his constitutional amendment to eliminate Maine’s income tax.

LePage meltdown puts GOP on the spot

Glass houses and stones, geese and gander, black pots and kettles all come to mind after watching Gov. Paul LePage attack Democratic lawmakers during a …

LePage violating state responsibility with Public Reserved Lands harvest plan

Gov. Paul LePage threatens to increase logging on Maine’s Public Reserved Lands beyond sustainable levels and divert the revenues to unrelated purposes. But his plans …
William Kristol (from left), conservative commentator and editor of The Weekly Standard, signs copies of his book for Douglas and Lourdes Wellington of Castine after his lecture in Bangor in 2006.

What is Bill Kristol’s problem with baby boomers?

One can understand why The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process …
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul delivers a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate on May 31. The Kentucky Republican was instrumental in allowing the legal authority for U.S. spy agencies’ collection of Americans’ phone records and other data to expire at midnight on Sunday after the Senate failed to pass legislation extending the powers.

The false choice between liberty and security

On Sunday evening, as Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell convened a highly unusual weekend session of the Senate, something remarkable happened: a provision of the …

Google aims to create a new fabric of daily life

At last a technology company has grasped the essential difference between wearable and portable, between clothing and accessories, between artifice that seems like second nature …

A closer look at LePage’s veto threat

In his bizarre press conference held at the Blaine House in Augusta on Friday, Gov. Paul LePage went off the deep end… again. LePage, was …

This is what makes me a feminist

I am a feminist. When I claim this identity, I merely am asserting that I have the right to be treated in the way I …
A Dolphin Z-9 helicopter from China's Navy missile frigate CNS Yulin flies off the deck of Singapore's Navy missile frigate RSS Intrepid during &quotExercise Maritime Cooperation 2015" held in the South China Sea on May 25, 2015 near Singapore.

War in the South China Sea?

“If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” …

Why doctors quit

About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine …
An illustration from Bucksport resident Jan Riddle’s book for children in the foster-adopt system in Maine.

Financial literacy especially important for children in foster care

Graduating from college has always been a dream of mine. I have always loved learning and see it as a pathway for a better tomorrow. …
Jill Rothrock, who now works at the Department of Health and Human Services in Ellsworth, talks about her progression from public assistance to employment during a news conference last month at the State House in Augusta. Republicans introduced a new slate of welfare reform proposals at the media event.

Welfare fraud by providers is bigger problem than individual ‘welfare cheats’

Gov. Paul LePage’s campaign to stigmatize recipients of welfare benefits marches on as the governor has again proposed legislation to drug test every recipient of …

Who’s on first? Tracking school performance like baseball

This may sound like a baseball story, but it’s really about standards-based education. There are baseball games when even the best hitters and fielders in …

It’s time LePage released bonds Maine’s working waterfronts depend on

In 2010 and 2012, Maine voters approved $14.25 million in bonds to support multiple conservation …

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