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Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport

Fewer people should be in prison, but hasty LePage plan has many flaws

It is encouraging that Gov. Paul LePage sees the value of transitioning low-risk offenders out of prison and into the workforce. It is concerning, however, that this new approach doesn’t appear well planned and instead comes amid the governor’s hurry to close the Downeast Correctional Facility to save money.
Women pay their respects to all those affected by the bomb attack, following a vigil in central Manchester, Britain May 23, 2017.  REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

To avoid a Manchester-type bombing on American soil, integrate Muslims

“This is not a battle between different faiths,” the president said in Riyadh. “This is a battle between good and evil.”

Maine voters have already given lawmakers a solution for our school funding woes

Instead, they delay, argue and propose new laws without meeting existing obligations.
A copy of President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget is on display on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017.

Cutting aid to poor people doesn’t magically make them less poor

Reducing assistance for poor people in the U.S. is a centerpiece of the budget the Trump administration unveiled Tuesday.
Fox News commentator Sean Hannity on Tuesday night told his viewers that he would stop talking about a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich after Rich’s family asked him to.

Please stop politicizing our son’s murder

There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare.

Americans spend more than ever. Does that mean we're more prosperous than ever?

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers arrives for her meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 20, 2016.

My son has a pre-existing condition. He’s one of the reasons I voted for AHCA.

To me, protecting people with pre-existing conditions isn’t just good policy — it’s a personal mission.

Lawmakers on dangerous ground when they ignore voters

Millinocket town Councilor Jesse Dumais was an opponent of a national monument near his community. Earlier this month, he spoke out against efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

All signs point to monument being positive addition to Maine, even if LePage tries to hide it

LePage is overlooking some important facts. The monument is not his; it belongs to the people of the United States. Ditto for the signs and the roads where they were to be placed. All of these belong to the public, not an impetuous governor who governs through threats and tantrums.

GOP health care bill drops essential coverage for Mainers with mental illness, addictions

The American Health Care Act would drag us back to the failed policies of the past and leave millions struggling with mental health and substance use disorders without hope. But we still have hope.
French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with people during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

The US and France have much in common, sharing the critical values of democracy and freedom arising from our respective revolutionary histories.
President Donald Trump (left) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to reporters before their meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump

These leakers need to be brought to task.
Judy Gopaul worked at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for six years, most of them as the local health officer coordinator.

A secretive government makes everyone else suspicious

When journalists and lawmakers think a government is being secretive, it doesn’t make them stop looking for information. Just the opposite. It gives them fuel to keep digging.

The state budget is too important to negotiate behind closed doors

Let your elected officials know you will be watching and will expect them to act in the best interests of all the people of Maine. It is time for them to govern responsibly and to do so with transparency.
Gov. Paul LePage

Hello. My name is Mr. Irrelevant

When LePage decides to spend several days on a talk radio tour trashing newspaper columnists, while it’s great for my ego, it just makes him look petty.
U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, delivers remarks to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

Trump’s speech on terrorism was a missed opportunity

On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech abroad, calling for stronger partnerships with Muslim-majority countries to destroy terrorists through military action and financial measures and to combat the “false allure of the craven ideology” that has inspired radicalization.

Danby Ink

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