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 Katahdin, the North Basin and North Turner and South Turner mountains are seen from an outlook at the end of the Barnard Mountain Trail last year in the Katahdin Woods and Waters Recreation Area near Millinocket.

In the Katahdin region, let’s accept and shape the changes, not fight them

By Richard H. Schmidt III on May 18, 2016, at 11:04 a.m.
I haven’t always supported the proposal to create a national park east of Baxter, but then, the proposal didn’t always look the way it does today.
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Trish Callahan of Augusta.

3 ways Maine leaders are shirking their responsibilities

on May 17, 2016, at 4:23 p.m.
Instead of worrying about a record of what they say and do in committee meetings, our politicians should be worrying about the record of what they are not saying and doing.
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The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana.

Want to conserve land? Generally, there’s only one chance to act

By William Schlesinger on May 17, 2016, at 2:03 p.m.
OpEd: A vocal opposition group wants the National Park Service to reject a gift of more than 80,000 acres that would establish a new park in western Maine. Let’s hope this opposition can be reversed.
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Redefining who gets overtime comes at a steep cost to Maine businesses, nonprofits

By Matt Leonard on May 17, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
The Department of Labor soon will release a new overtime plan that will dramatically increase overtime pay obligations for employers.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Eugene, Oregon, May 6, 2016.

Rules are for breaking

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 17, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
OpEd: It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.
UNDERCOVER PORCUPINE

Maine Democratic Party remains silent after DNC Vice Chairman slams activists over superdelegate vote

on May 16, 2016, at 1 p.m.
The superdelegate saga has been an ongoing storyline this primary season for a number of reasons. One, there is the political aspect of it, with a great number of the superdelegates pulling for the established Democrat as opposed to the grassroots candidate. There is also the philosophical argument opposing the …
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Obama’s Hiroshima visit will remind us of the horrors of nuclear war

By Paul Liebow on May 16, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
It should push the community of nations to work to banish all nuclear weapons for eternity.
GWYNNE DYER
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends a news conference with foreign media in Brasilia, Brazil, May 13, 2016.

Brazil impeachment

By Gwynne Dyer on May 16, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Gwynne Dyer: Nobody will admit this crisis is about ending government subsidies for the poor, but the crowds demonstrating against President Dilma Rousseff’s government have been almost entirely white.

The conversation about equality in Maine is just getting started

By Hayden Anderson on May 15, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
Equality is a bedrock American value, yet somehow it feels like we’re not very good at it.
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An affront to responsible gun owners: Letting dangerous people buy guns, no questions asked

By Robert Schwartz on May 15, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
Right now, there’s a dangerous loophole in Maine law that makes it easy for dangerous people to purchase a gun without going through a background check. We have a chance in Maine to fix it and make our state safer.
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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.

The cycle of dehumanization

By Michael Gerson, The Washington Post on May 15, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
Hostility to outsiders, of course, pre-existed the political movement taking advantage of it. But what role does leadership play in encouraging this attitude?
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The mascots of the Democratic and Republican parties, a donkey for the Democrats and an elephant for the GOP, are seen on a video screen at Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign rally on March 8 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Republicans could help elect Hillary Clinton

By Stanley B. Greenberg, The Washington Post on May 15, 2016, at 9:24 a.m.
Moderate Republicans will have the last word in this dramatic presidential election year.
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Lucas St. Clair, president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and son of Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby, before a Bangor City Council meeting on March 23.

There’s lots to talk about at the national monument meetings Monday

on May 14, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Like, will anyone ask Senator King why he voted against modifying the president’s authority to designate national monuments in February?
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My Maine baseball memories: moose, cows, foxes — and harsh life lessons

By Ron Joseph on May 14, 2016, at 1 a.m.
In the 1960s, Maine’s rural baseball fields lacked fences, batting cages and dugouts. More than a few fields doubled as town pastures, cropped and fertilized by cows and other quadrupeds.
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Lucas St. Clair shows land owned by Elliotsville Plantation Inc., which the foundation proposes to donate to the National Park Service.

Maine can offer a North Woods experience as magnificent as the Grand Tetons

By Terry Tempest Williams on May 13, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
OpEd: Our national parks are breathing spaces, and never have we needed them more.
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The ethanol in your gas tank should come from a tree in a Maine forest

By Kevin L. Raye on May 12, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
The urgency of finding innovative new uses and new markets to maximize the economic productivity of our forests is indisputable.
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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.

Why should Maine be the world’s solid waste guinea pig?

By Keith Bowden on May 12, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
OpEd: The truth is, as an engineer, facts are stubborn things and if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So, let’s examine several of those claims.
DANA MILBANK
An edes aegypti mosquito is seen inside a test tube as part of a research on preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at a control and prevention center in Guadalupe, neighboring Monterrey, Mexico, March 8, 2016.

For Republicans in Congress, does ‘pro-life’ extend to fighting Zika?

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 12, 2016, at 8:55 a.m.
OpEd: Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Florida Republican, has called himself “pro-life” since he came to Congress a decade ago. This month, he’s proving it.
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The news of McCallie’s investigation at Duke took me down memory lane

on May 11, 2016, at 6:09 p.m.
Such a transformative moment, I can still picture it all like it was yesterday.
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On the verge of a totalitarian America?

By William J. Murphy on May 11, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
Given the rising tide of resentment lately against the democratically elected President Obama and the rising popularity of Donald Trump, I suggest that the United States of America might be on the verge of abandoning democracy in favor of totalitarianism.