Articles by David Farmer

 
DAVID FARMER

LePage tries to steal your land

on April 26, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
Not content with taking food away from hungry kids or health care away from the sick and the elderly, Gov. Paul LePage has now set his sights on taking public lands away from everyone.
DAVID FARMER
Researchers hope to find a universal vaccine that will offer broader coverage against all types of influenza each season. (Photo courtesy Fotolia/TNS)

This is what happens when a state neglects public health

on April 19, 2017, at 5:41 a.m.
We have allowed public health to fade into the shadows, undermined to the point of limited effectiveness.
DAVID FARMER
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- 01/06/16 --  Winter State House file photo. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

State budget fight pits people against ideology

on April 12, 2017, at 7:48 a.m.
The Democratic budget blueprint makes a statement that Maine can’t cut its way to prosperity.
DAVID FARMER

LePage’s bad mood shouldn’t set anyone’s wage

on April 05, 2017, at 6:05 a.m.
LePage says he feels like a priest or nun. I don’t know any clergy who hold back on tips.
DAVID FARMER
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled  the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Fight over health care just getting started

on March 29, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
Imagine: 24 million people without health insurance wasn’t enough pain and suffering.
DAVID FARMER

The scary, insidious, accidental effectiveness of Paul LePage

on March 22, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
He operates with such blatant disregard for the truth, facts and procedural norms that it’s easy to believe he’s capable of just about anything to get what he wants.
DAVID FARMER

Republicans’ ‘shift and shaft’ scheme jeopardizes health coverage. Sad!

on March 15, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.
The Republican health care plan punishes low-income people, people with disabilities, the elderly and children. All to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy.
DAVID FARMER

Dream of Obamacare repeal turns to nightmare

on March 08, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
Republicans will have to decide, quickly and publicly, whether they think everyone deserves access to health care or only some people do.
DAVID FARMER

Don’t let Trump distract, divide his opposition

on March 01, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
It’s clear that divisions remain, but Democrats need to leave them behind.
DAVID FARMER

Trip to Israel: A big story in a small place

on March 01, 2017, at 6:40 a.m.
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Trip to Israel: Living in the shadow of death

on Feb. 28, 2017, at 6:33 a.m.
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Trip to Israel: The holy city of Jerusalem

on Feb. 27, 2017, at 6:27 a.m.
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Trip to Israel: On the northern border with Syria and Lebanon

on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:06 a.m.
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Trip to Israel: Dinner and a song

on Feb. 25, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
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Trip to Israel: The Church of the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
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US could learn lesson in compassion along Israel’s Syrian border

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 9:32 a.m.
If the Israelis, under constant threat and living just miles from an alphabet soup of other militant groups who hate them, can show the compassion to care for people in need, can we not do more?
DAVID FARMER

The accidental poetry of Mitch McConnell

on Feb. 15, 2017, at 6 a.m.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
DAVID FARMER

Tax reform in the age of bad faith? No chance

on Feb. 08, 2017, at 5:50 a.m.
For LePage to be successful, he’d need to build trust with lawmakers, work in good faith and be willing to compromise. No chance.
DAVID FARMER

LePage issues a meaningless marijuana order, just to pick a fight

on Jan. 31, 2017, at 9:27 a.m.
The governor likes to fight for the sake of fighting and shows us once again that he’s uninterested in the actual work of governing.
DAVID FARMER

Obamacare fight pits people, data against ideology

on Jan. 25, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Voters are pretty clear about what they don’t like about Obamacare. And it doesn’t match the policy argument that most Republicans are making.