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Why eliminating Maine’s tipped wage is a raw deal for restaurants and tipped workers

By Garrett Mason on Jan. 18, 2017, at 10:34 a.m.
OpEd: It’s time for the Legislature to pick up the pieces and amend this law in a way that honors the will of the voters without harming Mainers who depend on tips to make a decent living, restaurant owners who already skate by on paper thin margins or you, the consumer, so your next ham Italian doesn’t cost you $10.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

The proposed recreational marijuana sales moratorium doesn’t defy voters wishes

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:22 a.m.
It is the job of the legislature to receive voter approved referenda and find a way to make them work, and that’s the lawmakers who drafted the legislation are trying to do.
CONTRIBUTORS

The ‘pure evil’ among us probably aren’t wicked people

By Michael Rocque on Jan. 17, 2017, at 9:47 a.m.
OpEd: Society sometimes needs to be protected from particular individuals. But the mindset that there are “wicked people” out there may lead to inefficient, ineffective and ultimately unjustifiable justice policies.
CONTRIBUTORS
It's National Divorce Month, but a lot of people who are thinking about observing might be better off if they delayed the festivities for a while and started hunting for reasons to celebrate their marriage instead.

It’s divorce season, but that’s a risky move

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View on Jan. 17, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
OpEd: A lot of people who are thinking about observing National Divorce Month might be better off if they delayed the festivities for a while and started hunting for reasons to celebrate their marriage instead.
CONTRIBUTORS
Maine has an opportunity to evolve its old monopoly electric grid by allowing Maine ratepayers to generate their own electricity with rooftop solar panels.

Rooftop solar brings much needed competition into Maine’s electric grid

By William Behrens on Jan. 17, 2017, at 9:18 a.m.
OpEd: We should set our sights higher. By understanding the full set of costs and values offered by new energy technologies, we can create a truly innovative energy future.
KATHLEEN PARKER

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) questions FBI Director James Comey during his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 7, 2016.

Hosea, can you see?

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Jan. 17, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
OpEd: Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn’t more at stake than “mere politics”?
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree playing partisan politics by skipping inauguration

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:08 p.m.
GEORGE J. MITCHELL and ALON SACHAR
Palestinian protesters run as others hurl stones toward Israeli soldiers during clashes on Dec. 30, 2016, after a protest against the nearby Jewish settlement of Qadomem in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus.

The two-state solution remains the only viable path to peace between Israel and Palestine

By George J. Mitchell and Alon Sachar on Jan. 16, 2017, at 12:23 p.m.
CONTRIBUTORS

Our interconnectedness demands that we unite to defend the common good for all

By Ilze Petersons and Doug Allen on Jan. 16, 2017, at 11:25 a.m.
We can work together to affirm our unity as Americans and as human beings, while protecting the diversity and the differences of opinion that have defined the U.S. at its best.
SEAN FAIRCLOTH AND ETHAN STRIMLING

How Bangor and Portland are taking meaningful action against climate change

By Sean Faircloth and Ethan Strimling on Jan. 16, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.
Climate change is an urgent threat. That fact doesn’t change regardless of who is in the White House.
The Macy's at the Bangor Mall in Bangor.

American malls are declining. Their loss is a tragedy for me and my family.

By Yoo Jung Kim, The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
For small-business owners, there is never a guarantee of job security or success.
GWYNNE DYER
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a working dinner with heads of delegations for the Nuclear Security Summit at the White House in Washington March 31, 2016.

Cyprus: Waiting for Erdogan

By Gwynne Dyer on Jan. 16, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Thank you Maine for my white-ish privilege

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 1:16 a.m.
It’s a Maine-made thing, and I am grateful.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up a CNN poll of voters nationally, showing him in the lead, while addressing a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, March 3, 2016.

What happened to the Trump honeymoon?

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

How the gender name change debate dehumanizes Chelsea Manning

on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:58 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS

What Trump can learn from past presidents’ inaugural addresses

By Joseph McDonnell on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.
He would profit from Jefferson and Lincoln’s attempts to unify the country after their divisive elections and from Washington’s display of prudence, patriotism and humility to inspire public trust in his leadership.
CONTRIBUTORS
For six years, Republicans have voted more than 60 times to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. now the same politicians who couldn’t come up with a serious plan in six years are considering a new idea: repeal now and replace later.

Where’s the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare?

By Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:42 a.m.
Politicians who couldn’t come up with a serious plan in six years are considering a new idea: repeal now and replace later. This isn’t just harebrained and irresponsible; it is immoral.
CONTRIBUTORS
A general view Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016. The pizzeria has vowed to stay open after a shooting there sparked by a fake news report that it was fronting a child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton.

It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017, at 9:41 a.m.
“Fake news” has had its 15 minutes of fame. Let’s put this tainted term out of its misery.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Why the minimum wage increase may shut down Dee’s Route 202 Diner

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 8:30 p.m.
ALEX STEED
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York.

Opposing Trump is the logical extension of being a patriot

By Alex Steed on Jan. 13, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
We have to remember that we are not alone. Opposition to Trump stands outside of political identification; it is the logical extension of being a patriot.