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On July 1, Dylan Sherwood, 21, overdosed on heroin in his friend's apartment in Bangor. Fortunately, his friend had a dose of Narcan and administered it to an unconscious Sherwood, reviving him.

Here’s what Bangor is doing to ease Maine’s deadly drug epidemic

By Joseph M. Baldacci on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:26 a.m.
The essential thing is that all of us act constructively and rationally in this effort.
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Let’s not disparage the liberal ‘snowflake’ who has lost his way

By Fritz Spencer on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
The word “snowflake” has taken on a new meaning in our language, one used by conservatives to mock and disparage young people.
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Some progress has been made in fortifying the nation’s digital defenses, but the U.S. still is alarmingly exposed as it leaps into the digital age.

With cyberattacks rising, Trump needs to act

By Melissa E. Hathaway, Bloomberg on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
When Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, he’ll face an urgent and growing threat: America’s vulnerability to cyberattack.
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A man is seen in front of cranes at an industrial port in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 24, 2016.

How to fill the void left after Trump kills the TPP

By Noah Smith, Bloomberg on Dec. 04, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
If there were any policy that was doomed this election cycle, it had to be this one.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

I wish Mary Mayhew had read the rest of FDR’s 1935 speech

on Dec. 03, 2016, at 12:07 a.m.
If Mayhew is going to strip select phrases to justify trimming the welfare rolls without the context of the macro- and microeconomic realities of poverty that FDR understood, all I can say is, leave that man’s words alone.
ALEX STEED
Alex Steed

Too many queer people gave everything to be themselves, and so the rest of us could, too

By Alex Steed on Dec. 02, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
When I finally encountered the concept of “queer,” I thought, “Oh, definitely. That’s exactly what I am.”
The recreational legalization proposal in Question 1 on Maine’s 2016 ballot doesn’t explicitly change that system: It would allow Mainers to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

With legal pot comes a problem: How do we weed out impaired drivers?

By Igor Grant, The Conversation on Dec. 02, 2016, at 7:14 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why Nancy Pelosi reminds me of a little girl I used to babysit

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 5:01 p.m.
Whenever I tried to tell this little girl something she didn’t want to hear, she’d stick her fingers in her ears and sing/scream “Camptown Races” at the top of her lungs.
THE BEE WHISPERER
Hampden Academy beekeepers show off some of this year's honey crop.

New beekeepers hold the key to the future of honeybees

By Peter Cowin on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
Numbers of honeybee colonies have declined and they are harder to keep alive than they used to be.
COMMENTARY

Liberty’s hiring of former UMaine, Baylor employee sends chilling message about sexual assault

By Adam Kilgore, Washington Post on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
The hiring decision sent a chilling message to athletic department employees and female students, not only at Baylor but across the country.
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That time Ed Muskie, Margaret Chase Smith pushed to scrap the Electoral College

By Paul Mills on Dec. 01, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
OpEd: Maine’s U.S. senators — Margaret Chase Smith and Edmund Muskie — in the 1960s and early 1970s played a role in championing the most significant effort to overthrow the system.
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Transport trucks cross the Tornillo-Guadalupe international bridge into the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 21, 2016.

Why Trump’s pledge to keep jobs in the US would be a disaster for the economy

By Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg on Dec. 01, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
OpEd: Let’s consider how such a policy would be enforced in practice.
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A demonstrator runs while holding a burning flag during a demonstration following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, in Oakland, California, Nov. 10, 2016.

No, Trump can’t strip flag-burners of citizenship, even if it could be made a crime

By Eugene Volokh, The Washington Post on Dec. 01, 2016, at 9:03 a.m.
OpEd: Contrary to President-elect Trump’s tweet, even if flag-burning weren’t protected by the First Amendment (and it is), you couldn’t strip people of their citizenship for it.
DANA MILBANK
A woman exits the voting booth after filling out her ballot for the U.S presidential election at the James Weldon Johnson Community Center in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, Nov. 8, 2016.

The election really was rigged

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:32 a.m.
OpEd: A voting scandal of epic proportion tilted this election. The scam involved millions of people.
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Robert Zaretsky is a historian at the University of Houston in Texas.

We can choose moderation in politics without losing our convictions

By University of New England on Nov. 30, 2016, at 1:19 p.m.
“Moderation is not antithetical to passion and to engagement. To the contrary, true moderation requires courage and it requires clarity,” Robert Zaretsky, a historian at University of Houston in Texas, said.
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Fidel Castro transformed Cuba. His death marks the end of an era.

By Tom Whitney on Nov. 30, 2016, at 9:18 a.m.
OpEd: It seems here, everything considered, that Castro’s life was heroic. I echo what Latin Americans say when someone they admire dies: Castro is “Presente!”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire

The kind of love Jesus had in mind with his commandment to love one another

By Heather Denkmire on Nov. 30, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
“The day to celebrate Jesus’ birthday is coming up. For me, the need to live his commandment, to love one another, is critical.”
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Protesters opposed to the Electoral College circle the Capitol as they demonstrate against the election of Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States in Tallahassee, Florida, Nov. 16, 2016.

The Electoral College shouldn’t go rogue and vote for Clinton

By Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View on Nov. 29, 2016, at 10:24 a.m.
OpEd: Here’s why faithless electors would subvert, not sustain, the democratic values that underlie the presidential election system.
KATHLEEN PARKER
President-elect Donald Trump departs his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 27, 2016, as he makes his way to New York after spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family.

Trump’s lovely lies

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
OpEd: In this season of Thanksgiving, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged: Donald Trump’s many campaign lies.
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What the BDN gets wrong about the ballot question process

By Louis Sigel on Nov. 29, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.
OpEd: The Bangor Daily News and Gov. Paul LePage fail to understand the unique nature of democracy in Maine.