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Members of the Maine Human Rights Commission listen to testimony Nov. 17, 2014, during a hearing about religious discrimination accusations filed against Moody's Diner by an employee.

LePage wastes state time, money on ‘investigations’ inspired by grudges

Editorial: The governor’s grudge-induced witch hunts waste limited state resources and time that would be better used serving the people of Maine.

It’s Pokémon, not Pokemon (and why you should care)

With the release of the wildly-popular mobile game, Pokémon Go, journalists around the world rushed to file copy about the new phenomenon. The Associated Press, …

An OUI arrest and the dismantling of Maine's Office of Substance Abuse

Joan Smyrski currently serves as  Associate Director of Substance Abuse Services for DHHS Maine. She was arrested Wednesday for Operating Under the Influence (OUI). It …
Violet Wedick (left) and her family.

My daughter was born a boy. Here’s why we’re just like any other Maine family.

“Having a trans child means a lot more worry and more than a few awkward conversations when we run into people who we haven’t seen since before the transition, but it doesn’t change anything about how we operate as a family.”
The outside of Diamonds Gentleman's Club seen early Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

You can’t strip dancers of the right to bare all

OpEd: The women say that the law violates the right to self-expression.
Bruce Campbell of Wellspring in Bangor (center) addresses the defendants during the first opening session of the Penobscot County Adult Drug Treatment Court on Sept. 21 at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Bangor drug court’s reopening is a step forward in Maine’s addiction fight

A drug treatment court has returned to Bangor after a four-year absence, providing a superior option to jail time for those charged with nonviolent offenses.

Trump’s economic plan certainly won’t make America great again for workers

OpEd: Trump’s economic plan rests on four planks: lower taxes, less regulation, renegotiated trade deals and fewer restrictions on energy production. But the devils lurk in the details.
Hagi Hagi, a refugee from Somalia, waves a flag after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen at Portland City Hall on June 17, 2016.

Immigrants bring strength and new perspectives to Maine. We should welcome their gifts.

OpEd: Just as Shakespeare suggested centuries ago, we are well served to place ourselves in the shoes of others before we condemn. We should welcome the stranger and his or her gifts to our communities.
Gov. Paul LePage

With drug dealer binder, LePage fails to prove his distorted, racist version of reality

Editorial: The governor should focus his attention on shrinking this market, not on collecting photos to prove his alternate and racist version of reality.

Trump can’t let this happen again

Trump didn’t take advantage of his biggest opportunity to date.

Trump’s debate meltdown gives the advantage back to Clinton

Steven Biel: I said during the primaries that Republicans had 16 candidates who could beat Hillary Clinton but nominated the 17th. Monday’s debate showed why. …

I will never let my sons play high school football

High school sports offer a world of opportunity for kids, but I won;t let my kids play high school football.

Maine misses out when higher education remains unaffordable

OpEd: It’s clear that a generation putting their lives on hold stifles community growth and development.
Protester Tom Moran wears a papier-mache head of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a Trump supporter drives past, outside Hofstra University, the site of the Sept. 26 first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in Hempstead, New York.

Vote as you must to minimize evil in November, then work for a better world

OpEd: Vote as you must to minimize evil, then work for a better world.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Donald Trump proved in the debate how little he cares for the rest of us

Editorial: The U.S. needs a president who understands economics, health care, foreign policy, military strategy and much more. The nation also need a president who truly cares about Americans’ well-being.

Background checks are the best way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people

OpEd: As a longtime police officer from a family of first responders, I strongly support a “yes” vote on Question 3 to require background checks on all gun purchases and transfers in Maine.

Danby Ink

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