Opinion

 
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

The Trump budget

on March 22, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

What the heck is wrong with Maine DHHS?

on March 22, 2017, at 1:34 p.m.
And who the heck is encouraging Commissioner Mayhew to run for governor given her track record at DHHS, which now includes trying to jettison a self-sustaining, tax generating medical marijuana program? Maybe some folks at the department need to find a strain that could help with their thinking.
CONTRIBUTORS
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, speaks about the American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement to Obamacare, at the Republican National Committee in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2017.

The only way to end inequality in American health care is universal coverage

By Timothy Burns on March 22, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
OpEd: If you are that one who loses insurance or are priced out of the market before you feel the lump, your lawmakers have failed you. What tax cuts are worth that?
THE FROZEN CHOSEN

At Knowledge Fair, hard work and creativity is on display

on March 22, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
EDITORIALS
Caption Inmate jumpsuits at the Penobscot County Jail. More than two-thirds of the jail's inmates are awaiting court appearances.

Want to ease jail overcrowding? Don’t hold people for months before court appearances.

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 22, 2017, at 10:49 a.m.
If lawmakers are serious about reducing county jail overcrowding, reducing the pre-trial backlog must be part of the solution.
LETTERS

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Don’t repeal Obamacare, support North Woods monument, Oakhurst comma dispute

on March 22, 2017, at 9:54 a.m.
Letters for Thursday, March 23, 2017: Don’t repeal Obamacare, support North Woods monument, Oakhurst comma dispute
CONTRIBUTORS

The Republican health care bill will reverse gains made in children’s health

By Claire Berkowitz on March 22, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
OpEd: The American Health Care Act puts a target on Maine families — particularly children and seniors — and will undermine the health of our state’s next generation. All of us will pay the price if such a short-sighted and dangerous piece of legislation becomes law.
PERSPECTIVES

American Weekend (RIP)

on March 22, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

$10 million Oxford comma

on March 21, 2017, at 4:29 p.m.
EDITORIALS
Megan Stover sits at the kitchen table after dinner with her three daughters (from left) Andie, 5, Maddie, 10, and Nellie, 7, at their home in Scarborough.

Maine has a child care access problem and untapped resources to address it

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 21, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
Steep prices, coupled with millions of dollars in untapped resources, amount to a real access problem for Maine families with limited resources. It’s a problem the state could address — if only it had the will. And there would be a clear economic benefit to the state from enabling more parents to work.
CONTRIBUTORS

Maine’s experiment with retail competition failed to lower electric bills

By Tim Schneider on March 21, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
After nearly 20 years, it’s time to look at the results of Maine’s experiment with retail competition.
KATHLEEN PARKER
A supporter of President Donald Trump wears a campaign hat during a "People 4 Trump" rally at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, March 4, 2017.

Death by a thousand cuts

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 21, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
OpEd: From Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queen” to Donald Trump’s “Detroit single mom,” the unmarried mother remains a constant fascination to Republicans wielding budget-cutting scalpels.
CONTRIBUTORS
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

House Speaker Gideon blocks move to shine a light on Tipping’s possible conflict of interest

By Lawrence Lockman on March 21, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
OpEd: If the voters want to drain the swamp in Augusta, they need to start applying constituent pressure on legislative leadership.
LETTERS

Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Rename Columbus Day, don’t weaken the bottle bill, reject the GOP health care plan

on March 21, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Rename Columbus Day, don’t weaken the bottle bill, reject the GOP health care plan
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

The Trump budget

on March 20, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
EDITORIALS
Dottie Ham, 80, opens her door to 32-year-old Caitlyn Gunn, a volunteer who delivers meals in the Bangor area for the Meals on Wheels program.

There is nothing compassionate about Trump’s budget proposal

By The BDN Editorial Board on March 20, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.
All four members of Maine’s congressional delegation have expressed concerns about the budget plan.
CONTRIBUTORS

Acadia is a national treasure. Harvesting clams, worms will only hurt the park.

By Michael Soukup and Mary Foley on March 20, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
How do we decide which traditional uses should be the subject of special legislation intended to circumvent a national park’s enabling legislation and its management policies?
LETTERS

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: North Woods monument not harming economy, health care ruse, too late for Trump regret

on March 20, 2017, at 10:27 a.m.
GWYNNE DYER
U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017.

Choose a side: Trump and the Sunni-Shia War

By Gwynne Dyer on March 20, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
President Trump may get in bed with the Russians and the Shias eventually, but he doesn’t seem to have given the matter much thought yet.
LANCE DUTSON

Democrats won’t want to run on the ‘I tanked the economy’ platform next year

on March 20, 2017, at 7:47 a.m.
Is Question 2 on last November’s ballot really worth 6,600 jobs?