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Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin, Republicans cave to party pressure, refuse to own tough votes

By Phil Bartlett on May 24, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
The Republican lawmaker voted against an amendment that would have barred federal contractors from discriminating against the LGBT community.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Poliquin’s hypocrisy hurts Maine, Sanders’ anger misplaced, elect women

on May 24, 2016, at 10:44 a.m.
Letters for Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Poliquin’s hypocrisy hurts Maine, Sanders’ anger misplaced, elect women
CONTRIBUTORS
A sample photo EBT card

How a welfare fraud crowd pleaser actually inflicts real damage

By Sandy Butler and Holly Schreiber on May 24, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
OpEd: TANF families have become a target for politicians and policymakers seeking to exploit public discontent with the economy and tight budgets.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Voting at Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Election disaffection

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 24, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
OpEd: There’s no one to vote for. “What are we going to do?” people keep asking me.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why I’m not losing any sleep over Arianna Huffington

on May 24, 2016, at 7:23 a.m.
If I’m going to kill time for free, there are better things to do than submit work to the Huffington Post.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Backseat driver

on May 24, 2016, at 5:04 a.m.
Bernie Sanders: Philadelphia or bust!

There’s plenty of time for Merrick Garland hearings, no excuse for GOP foot-dragging

By Sherry Huber and Roger Berle on May 23, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
OpEd: Refusing to hold hearings and take an up or down vote on nominees is a dereliction of duty and an insult to the American people.
EDITORIALS
University of Maine Orono's class of 2016 business, education and human development, liberal arts and sciences and lifelong learning seniors graduate at the Alfond Arena on campus, May 5, 2016.

How Maine’s low college completion rates make higher education less affordable

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 23, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
Editorial: Students who graduate from Maine colleges and universities carry some of the most staggering debt burdens in the nation.
LETTERS

Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Many people want a park, MMA too focused on money, presidential job hunt

on May 23, 2016, at 9:59 a.m.
Letters for Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Many people want a park, MMA too focussed on money, presidential job hunt
GWYNNE DYER
Libyan prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016.

Libya: The hesitation two-step

By Gwynne Dyer on May 23, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
OpEd: It was just one more slice of the meaningless waffle that passes for policy statements when Western statesmen discuss what to do about the Libya mess.
STIRRING THE POT

$80 Coffee Beans — Yikes!

on May 22, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
I have been reading about coffee in our culture.* I was intrigued by the idea of Third Wave Coffee business discussed by philosopher John Hartman.  The Third Wave in coffee refers to the growth of small, independent coffee roasters who developed as alternatives to Starbucks when that company grew and …
CONTRIBUTORS
A man walks past the Federal Reserve in Washington, Dec. 16, 2015.

Four ways to think about the economy

By Narayana Kocherlakota, Bloomberg View on May 22, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.
OpEd: I see four different schools of thought about how the economies of the U.S. and much of the developed world should be managed. The challenge for the Federal Reserve and other central bankers is that it’s hard to know who’s right.
CONTRIBUTORS

The new welfare: 9 months of instability. Is this what you’d want for your family?

By Julia Hathaway on May 22, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
OpEd: Why are we slapping legislative Band-Aids on societal cancer and expecting real results? It seems to be the American way.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders discusses whether he would "give my right arm" to run against Republican Donald Trump in the general election as rival Hillary Clinton listens during the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint, Michigan, in March.

Donald, Hillary and the Bernie factor

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 22, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
OpEd: Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s.
EDITORIALS
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a fundraising event where he appeared with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, May 19, 2016.

Why Donald Trump’s sexist behavior matters

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 22, 2016, at 7:50 a.m.
Editorial: The presidency is no position for someone with such shallow, demeaning and outdated views of half the population.
LETTERS

Monday, May 22, 2016: Monument plan good for Maine, sign confusion at public hearing, Meil for Legislature

on May 22, 2016, at 7:38 a.m.
Monday, May 22, 2016: Monument plan good for Maine, sign confusion at public hearing, Meil for Legislature
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Population numbers

on May 21, 2016, at 6:56 a.m.
News Item: Bangor’s population continued to drop in 2015, according to newly released estimates that show growth across the largest southern Maine communities.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

LePage provides preview of Trump as president

on May 21, 2016, at 6:35 a.m.
When asked if he would like to be Donald Trump’s Republican running mate, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it would not happen. “We’re too much alike,” he said. What he says is often highly controversial, but this time LePage may have provided a helpful view about what a Trump presidency …
MAINELY THOUGHTS

How Governor LePage lost one of his most ardent supporters

on May 20, 2016, at 6:27 p.m.
Governor LePage only had to use one word, one too many times to lose one of his most devoted fans.
CONTRIBUTORS
The enzymatic hydrolysis system at Fiberight's demonstration plant in Lawrenceville, Virginia, is part of the company's process for converting organic materials in household waste into biogas.

Fiberight’s proposed Hampden waste facility is just too risky

By Kenneth A. Smith on May 20, 2016, at 8:27 a.m.
As a professional with over 40 years of experience in the planning, design, construction, startup, problem resolution and operation of large solid waste processing and waste-to-energy facilities, it is my opinion that critical information still needs to be provided and actions taken before an informed and fiscally responsible decision can …