April 22, 2018
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ClickBack on Iran

This week, ClickBack seeks editorial page reader comments on Iran, salmon, George H.W. Bush and medical marijuana. To participate, go to bangordailynews.com, pull down on the Opinion menu bar and select ClickBack.

What will come of Iran’s election dispute?

Supporters of presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi protested the victory claimed by incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clashing violently with police over the weekend. Meanwhile, the nation’s religious leaders called for an investigation into the election, which Mousavi supporters claim was tainted by fraud. Where will this end? Will the government crack down and perhaps become more restrictive? Or is this an awakening of a younger, more secular and democratic Iran? Did either the U.S. invasion of Iraq or President Obama’s recent speech in Cairo aimed at the Muslim world empower Iranian moderates?

What does the listing of salmon as endangered mean for Maine?

Federal regulators have listed the Atlantic salmon in the Penobscot, Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers as an endangered species. Will this affect the pulp and paper businesses that still rely on the rivers and the hydropower industry? Will the federal listing hurt the state’s economy in other ways? Or is the listing an important step to protect one of Maine’s signature species, perhaps heralding the beginning of a revival of the fish in the state’s biggest rivers?

What is George H.W. Bush’s legacy?

To celebrate his 85th birthday on Friday, former President George H.W. Bush, with a grin on his face, jumped out of an airplane with a parachute team. The elder Bush, described by many in Maine who have met him as modest, gentlemanly and down-to-earth, has been out of the White House for 16 years. For what policies or decisions will he be remembered in the history books? The Gulf War, in which Saddam Hussein’s forces were driven out of Kuwait? Not responding to the recession of 1991 with enough vigor? Continuing President Reagan’s policies? Breaking his “read my lips” pledge and raising taxes, even though he knew it would hurt his re-election bid? Dan Quayle?

How will the high court rule on marijuana?

The state Supreme Judicial Court will hear a case brought by marijuana legalization advocate Donald Christen appealing his conviction for cultivating the plant. The case may hinge on the medical marijuana law approved by Maine voters in 1999. Should state government interfere less in the dispensing of marijuana for medical treatment? Or are marijuana advocates hiding behind the medicinal use of the plant? Should the state tackle a revamping of marijuana laws?

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