Opinion

 
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Silence from Maine Democratic Party after WikiLeaks exposes DNC bias against Sanders, attacks on Legislator

on July 23, 2016, at 10:40 a.m.
The Maine Democratic Party has showed a serious talent for not focusing on actual issues. Instead of focusing on things like Associated Press-nominated candidate Hillary Clinton being shown to be “extremely careless” with classified information relating to national security, they’re worried about Congressman Bruce Poliquin being stalked with gotcha questions …
EDITORIALS
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as he accepts the nomination during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 21, 2016.

America is safer than ever, but you wouldn’t know that from Trump’s focus on fear

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 23, 2016, at 9:50 a.m.
Scare tactics like Trump’s work because the public doesn’t know and often doesn’t believe statistics that debunk the notion that America has become a scary, crime-ridden place.
LETTERS

Monday, July 25, 2016: GOP platform is anti-environment, hope for Alzheimer’s patients

on July 23, 2016, at 8:13 a.m.
Letters to the editor: GOP platform is anti-environment, hope for Alzheimer’s patients
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Political buttons

on July 23, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
Donald Trump’s Thursday night speech set a very negative tone. His campaign believes he emulates former President Ronald Reagan, “the happy warrior.” Far from it! Trump’s “law and order” campaign is more in line with the Nixon/Agnew campaign.
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

Discontented turn to Trump, but his tactics limit his chances

on July 23, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
Conventional wisdom says that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, will lose the presidential election, because he embodies values and practices rejected by most Americans. Whatever the dubious polling reports at any moment, reputable and successful forecasters see him losing the electoral vote by a landslide. Hillary Clinton, the expected Democratic …
EDITORIALS

Maine leaves more welfare money unspent as more children fall into poverty

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 22, 2016, at 9:05 a.m.
There’s little indication Maine’s poorest are receiving meaningful assistance that can help them escape poverty.
LETTERS

Saturday, July 23, 2016: Sen. Angus King must take position on monument, Fulford supports LGBT Mainers, hope over fear

on July 22, 2016, at 8:56 a.m.
Letters for Saturday, July 23, 2016: Sen. Angus King must take position on monument, Fulford supports LGBT Mainers, hope over fear
CONTRIBUTORS
Minneapolis Police process arrests of protesters during a Black Lives Matter Minnesota march with members of the American Teachers Federation, Minneapolis teachers union and St. Paul teachers union in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 19, 2016.

White people think racism is getting worse — against white people

By Samuel Sommers and Michael Norton, The Washington Post on July 22, 2016, at 6:47 a.m.
OpEd: Black and white Americans may agree that race relations are approaching a new nadir, but this is just about the only race-related issue on which they see eye to eye.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Cruz control

on July 21, 2016, at 4:05 p.m.
Ted Cruz tying up some loose ends at the Republican National Convention.
EDITORIALS

Don’t waver on public health: Bangor should ban smoking in all city-owned public spaces

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 21, 2016, at 12:17 p.m.
Editorial: A complete ban would be easier to understand and enforce. Best of all, it would bring the most health benefits to bear. In order to be most effective, the ban should cover all tobacco use.
LETTERS

Friday, July 22, 2016: Improving the Community Connector, stand with Turkey

on July 21, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
Letters for Friday, July 22, 2016: Improving the Community Connector, stand with Turkey
CONTRIBUTORS

Justice Ginsburg is right: Donald Trump is a faker, inconsistent, and people are buying it

By Brooke Nasser on July 21, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
OpEd: His ideas are not only vacuous, they’re dangerous.
CONTRIBUTORS
A stream crossing on the proposed national monument land in Township 5 Range 7, June 1, 2016.

The land east of Baxter is special and worthy of a national monument

By Eric Hendrickson on July 21, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
OpEd: There are several reasons the land is worthy of national monument designation.
DANA MILBANK
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (left) gives a thumbs up to vice presidential nominee Mike Pence after Pence spoke during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 2016.

Trump: Self-worship over sound judgment

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on July 21, 2016, at 9:33 a.m.
OpEd: In one respect, the Republican National Convention of 2016 has been a yuge success. It is the triumph of narcissism.
PERSPECTIVES

Traveling Through Trump Country

on July 21, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.
Part 5. Cleveland Scenes Johnson, who made a fortune in streetcars and steel, was in Johnstown, Pa. for the Great Flood of 1889 because he owned a steel mill there. He led the local relief efforts, and the devastation he witnessed changed his life. He turned against the privileged rich, who escaped all …
CHRIS BUSBY

When it’s time to protest — and when it isn’t

on July 21, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Portland is lucky to have an open-minded, accessible and progressive police chief and a police force that upholds, and is held to, exceptionally high standards.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Senator Susan Collins considering support for Hillary Clinton for President

on July 20, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
Senator Susan Collins has made a name for herself as being unreliable Republican in the United States Senate. An ally for Democrats, she has often not been a friend of conservatives or even party moderates. “Two-term pledge” Susan Collins is also one who cannot be taken for her word either. …
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Welfare distribution

on July 20, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
BDN reveals LePage administration misusing money meant for poor children. –News Item Sometimes these two remind me of the cartoon characters Boris and Natasha.  
EDITORIALS
An Air France flight was diverted to Bangor in May 2005 because someone on the flight had the same name as a person on the federal no-fly list.

Protecting the homeland doesn’t have to mean quashing constitutional rights

By The BDN Editorial Board on July 20, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
Editorial: The no-fly and other watch lists play an important role in preventing terrorist attacks. But the federal can do that work while abiding by the constitutional protections granted to all Americans.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

13 Reasons why I haven’t been paying attention to the Republican National Convention

on July 20, 2016, at 12:24 p.m.
12. I’m jealous Trump took Governor Pence off Indiana’s hands, but didn’t take Governor LePage off ours.