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The Bangor Police Department has requested $208,772 to purchase an armor-protected vehicle similar to this model made by Lenco in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

It takes more than an armored vehicle to militarize a police department

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 05, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Editorial: The lines between police and military have indeed blurred in recent decades. But the acquisition of an armored vehicle on its own doesn’t mean that a local police force will become militarized.
LETTERS

Friday, May 6, 2016: Faith has place in treatment, say no to legal marijuana, politicizing Clara Swan’s birthday

on May 05, 2016, at 10:15 a.m.
Letters for Friday, May 6, 2016: Faith has place in treatment, say no to legal marijuana, politicizing Clara Swan’s birthday
MAINE MEETS WORLD

Lobster Exploding in China

on May 05, 2016, at 8:45 a.m.
There are a lot of incredible facts about China’s economy. That they used more concrete between 2011 and 2013 than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century, for instance. Or that the government plans to lay off five to six million workers from state industries in the next two to …
DANA MILBANK
Muslims pray as they take part in a protest against presidential candidate Donald Trump outside of his office in Manhattan, New York, Dec. 20, 2015.

‘It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America’

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 05, 2016, at 7:44 a.m.
OpEd: Trump can’t be blamed for everything his followers do. But his ascent has coincided with a rise in the number of anti-Muslim incidents to the highest level the Council on American-Islamic Relations has ever found.
CHRIS BUSBY

My futile protest against Portland raising the tobacco purchase age to 21

on May 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
Because Portland’s proposed nicotine ordinance is absurd and insulting, its practical effect will be to cause further alienation and resentment among those young people who are already attracted to behaviors that challenge authority and social norms.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

LePage “newest addition”

on May 04, 2016, at 4:20 p.m.
LePage, who has earned renown for exercising his veto pen on bills he didn’t like, adopted a Jack Russell terrier mix from a shelter. LePage chose the name Veto because his pet “is the mascot of good public policy, defender of the Maine people and protector of hardworking taxpayers from bad …
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Why the Never Trump movement failed to stop Donald Trump

on May 04, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
Let’s face it: the Never Trump movement was never meant to succeed. It was less of an organized push to stop a candidate viewed as dangerous and vulgar, and more of an emotional protest by Republicans who disagreed with someone’s rhetoric. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with opposing …
EDITORIALS
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Energy prices aren’t all bad news, so why is the governor so critical of Maine?

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 04, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage has criticized Maine’s high energy prices since before his election to the Blaine House. He blames mill closures on the high cost of energy even when mill owners cite other factors for shutdowns and bankruptcies. This negativity is hurting Maine.
CONTRIBUTORS

In the coming war with LePage, my bet’s on the Natural Resources Council of Maine

By W. Kent Olson on May 04, 2016, at 12:36 p.m.
OpEd: In the latest insult to his office (let us count the ways), Gov. Paul LePage takes arms against the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the muscled, adept, 57-year-old environmental organization that has worked Augusta politics 10 times longer than he has.
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire

How ‘new atheists’ are just as dangerous as the religious extremists they rail against

By Heather Denkmire on May 04, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
OpEd: What do “new atheists” have in common with the fundamentalist Christians of the radical right whom they despise?
LETTERS

Thursday, May 5, 2016: Maine has a radiation problem, America is at the crossroads, AT interest grows

on May 04, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
Letters for Thursday, May 5, 2016: Maine has a radiation problem, America is at the crossroads, AT interest grows
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why I get a sour aftertaste from Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’

on May 04, 2016, at 7:01 a.m.
I don’t know if I’ll be asked to turn in my spiral curls for saying this, but I’m a little sour about Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”
FIGHTING THE TIDES

Why naming his dog ‘Veto’ shows how detached LePage really is

on May 04, 2016, at 5:17 a.m.
A big part of me is happy for Governor LePage’s new rescue dog, and happy for the guv and his family who appears to be in love with their new puppy after the former “first dog,” Baxter, passed away in March. I’m absolutely thrilled that he adopted the dog from …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

GOP Doomsday

on May 03, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
The Party of Lincoln is now becoming the Party of the National Enquirer.
LETTERS

Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Health care not a right, national forest a compromise, Chris Busby case management critique flawed

on May 03, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
Letters for Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Health care not a right, national forest a compromise, Chris Busby case management critique flawed
CONTRIBUTORS

How to stand up to those who close the doors to conduct the public’s business

By Tom McCord on May 03, 2016, at 11:51 a.m.
OpEd: We have a right to know what’s going on.
EDITORIAL
The Tampa, Florida, metro area is among the places that most closely mirrors the demographic makeup of the U.S. as a whole.

‘Normal America’ isn’t a small town, and it isn’t in Maine

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 03, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Editorial: This year, like most others, political candidates are falling over one another to claim they represent the real or true America. Turns out, most of them, and many pundits, have the wrong idea of what constitutes real or average America.
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.

It’s more effective to reduce trash in the first place: How Fiberight will set Maine back

By Lisa Bjerke, Erickson Smith and Bill Lippincott on May 03, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
OpEd: To process organic materials with other trash and then turn it into energy is not recycling — it is a waste of energy and resources.
KATHLEEN PARKER
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, U.S., May 2, 2016.

In his own words

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 03, 2016, at 8:03 a.m.
OpEd: No editorial comment is needed when a candidate’s own words stand alone to expose his flaws and thus to condemn him.
FROM BELOW AND TO THE LEFT

Five Myths About the Plan to Close the India Street Clinic – Explained and Debunked

on May 03, 2016, at 6:05 a.m.
City Hall was packed tonight as around 60 local residents showed up to weigh in on what they’d like to see in the City of Portland’s municipal budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is a big deal.  Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, our municipality will …