Opinion

 
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Supporters for Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party leader and candidate for French 2017 presidential election, attend a campaign rally in Nice, France, April 27, 2017.

Populism on pause

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on April 30, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
For now, the populist wave is not in retreat. It’s on pause.
CONTRIBUTORS

The spirit of Buck v. Bell survives in our demonizing of marginalized groups

By Jules Hathaway on April 30, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
This year is the 90th anniversary of Buck v. Bell, considered by many to be one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s worst rulings ever. It legalized the forced sterilization of people of “inferior stock.”
CONTRIBUTORS
National security adviser General Michael Flynn delivers a statement at the White House in Feb. 2017.

Michael Flynn’s string of gaffes don’t add up to treason

By Eli Lake, Bloomberg View on April 30, 2017, at 10:09 a.m.
Democrats are insinuating that Flynn was one of the links between President Donald Trump and Russia, potentially contributing to collusion in the 2016 election.
CONTRIBUTORS
Commentator Ann Coulter speaks to the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in 2011.

Ignore Ann Coulter — she’s a boring performance artist, and she’s gaming us all

By Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post on April 30, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.
Coulter is like a distorted Tinker Bell: It’s not applause that saves her from fading out of existence, it’s shock and jeers.
CONTRIBUTORS
Matthew Polstein at River Drivers Restaurant on Millinocket Lake.

My Katahdin-area business is booming thanks to Maine’s new national monument

By Matthew Polstein on April 29, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
The monument breathed new life into our fall and drove a 33 percent year-over-year increase in revenue at the River Drivers restaurant as day and overnight visitation to the region grew.
LETTERS

Monday, May 1, 2017: Show kindness toward animals, The County needs farms, not mines

on April 29, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
Letters for Monday, May 1, 2017: Show kindness toward animals, The County needs farms, not mines
EDITORIALS

Maine should make this move to shrink the next generation of smokers

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 29, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Too many people in Maine still smoke. That means too many Maine people see their health decline because of tobacco, and many eventually see their lives cut short.
STIRRING THE POT

Call Me a Luddite

on April 29, 2017, at 8:32 a.m.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Is the press biased? Editorial views can influence news coverage

on April 29, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

100 days

on April 29, 2017, at 5 a.m.
CANNABIS TODAY

Everybody Outside:

on April 28, 2017, at 8 p.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Sen. Libby wants to pull welfare from the political fray

on April 28, 2017, at 2:26 p.m.
So many discussions default to Republicans saying cut, cut, cut and Democrats saying hold on a second … we don’t really ever have an unbiased conversation about welfare. (Senator Nathan Libby)
LETTERS

Saturday, April 29, 2017: Maine needs immigrants, support solar bill, school nurses critical

on April 28, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, April 29, 2017: Maine needs immigrants, support solar bill, school nurses critical
CONTRIBUTORS
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in front of a painting of President Theodore Roosevelt during an event with Governors prior to the signing of an executive order on education at the White House in Washington, DC., April 26, 2017.

Trump’s presidency is teaching elites like me a lesson

By Danielle Allen, The Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.
How can we open up a prospect of liberty and justice for all? And I mean “for all.”
EDITORIALS
A cross-country skier passes Mount Katahdin while on a trail in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in February.

LePage’s continued monument opposition jeopardizes Katahdin region’s progress

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 28, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
This development and a sense of hope in the Katahdin region are in jeopardy as the president and our governor cast unneeded and harmful doubt on the future of Maine’s national monument.
PERSPECTIVES

Play it Again, Uncle Sam

on April 28, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Local business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference in Bangor, June 7, 2016.

Minimum wage warriors see certainty in ambiguity

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg View on April 28, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
When you read about minimum wage studies and you see the two sides of the debate clash in the media, it’s important to remember the limits of empirical research. We know that moderate minimum wage hikes rarely have big immediate effects on employment.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Gamesmanship

on April 28, 2017, at 4:54 a.m.
EDITORIALS
Sam Portera and Brandon Hosford, both alumni of the Upward Bound college readiness program, prepare packages of letters from program alumni and their parents destined to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The Department of Education declined to consider the University of Maine Presque Isle's renewal grant application due to a formatting error, but supporters and Maine's congressional delegation are hoping to convince the agency to reconsider.

Formatting error shouldn’t jeopardize college education for low-income students

By The BDN Editorial Board on April 27, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
Vindictive. That’s the only way to describe an absurd Department of Education decision to reject dozens of schools’ Upward Bound funding applications because of small formatting errors.
CONTRIBUTORS

Good health is good for the economy. It’s time for Maine to expand Medicaid.

By Arthur Barry Adoff on April 27, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Medicaid expansion would be an opportunity to provide affordable health care for nearly 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 veterans and many others who work low-wage jobs who aren’t offered coverage or who can’t afford it.