Members of the Republican team pray before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, June 15, 2017.

America is on its way to divorce court

By Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post on June 26, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
We should not have contempt for each other. Yet, we do.
A picture of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is seen outside the historical Umayyad mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, in old Damascus city, Syria, June 14, 2017.

The great Muslim civil war — and us

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on June 25, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

Maine risks backsliding in caring for adults with intellectual disabilities if we don’t act

By Lydia Paquette and Todd Goodwin on June 25, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
“Maine has a moral and legal obligation to care for our most vulnerable residents.”

Colleges revive segregation with separate graduations

By Robert Klose on June 25, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
Who would have thought segregation would become fashionable again and that it would be promoted by the bastions of liberalism?

The addiction epidemic is the millennials’ Vietnam

on June 24, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
It will easily take an entire generation to heal and recover from this mess as a society.
Americans in rural areas and small towns see the world a lot differently from those living in and around cities.

Rural America’s population is aging and shrinking

By Justin Fox, Bloomberg View on June 24, 2017, at 1:08 p.m.
Americans in rural areas and small towns see the world a lot differently from those living in and around cities.

Maine should fear being labeled a high tax state. Just look at Connecticut.

By Dana Connors on June 23, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
This surtax is mainly being paid for by businesses. Nothing has really changed in that respect since last November.
Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, (left) speaks with House Minority Leader Ken Fredette, R-Newport, at the State House in Augusta.

No one wins in government shutdown. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

By John Martin on June 23, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
“We are close to making the same mistake that happened 26 years ago and letting the far-reaching effects of a shutdown damage our government and economy.”

Containing ‘Iranian mischief’ is no excuse for letting Yemen’s humanitarian crisis fester

By Brian Milakovsky on June 23, 2017, at 5:45 a.m.
Will Rep. Poliquin repeat Collins’ error, which is so costly to the people of Yemen?
Longfellow Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Sarah Rasmussen talks about what moods a poem can set with her class in Portland.

It’s not enough to spend more on education. We must direct money where it’s most needed.

By Heidi Sampson on June 22, 2017, at 12:12 p.m.
“Simply adding more money to the system will not assure teachers and students benefit. There must be specific strategies in place to assure our teachers who are most directly affecting our students are properly compensated. This must be the priority.”
Senate President Mike Thibodeau, House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage.

A state shutdown doesn’t need to happen. We have a reasonable budget on the table.

By Brian Langley on June 22, 2017, at 11:17 a.m.
“As more people throw around the word ‘shutdown,’ keep in mind that this does not have to happen. There is a reasonable deal on the table to increase state aid to school districts, implement significant education reforms and reduce local property taxes — all within existing resources.”
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby stands as his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, addresses the media after a judge declared a mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. June 17, 2017.

Bill Cosby and the crumbling of an icon

By Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 8:47 a.m.
“The final chapter of Bill Cosby’s public life is far from the most important spectacle we are witnessing, but it may be the saddest.”

Why we will march in Bangor’s pride parade

By Andrea Irwin and Jessamy Luthin on June 22, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
“We hope many will join us Saturday at the parade and attend the festivities to learn more and to support our LGBTQ friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.”

This is the one climate solution that’s best for the environment and for business

By George Shultz and Lawrence Summers, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
“President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord has induced a fateful pessimism about what can be expected of the country on this critical issue. Yet our long experience in Washington has taught us that the transition from the inconceivable to the inevitable can sometimes be very rapid.”

Dear 129th Maine State Legislature: I look forward to your arrival

on June 21, 2017, at 2:46 p.m.
There’s a lot to be said for the idea of a legislature working with a chief executive that is not Governor LePage.
House Republicans have refused to compromise on the state budget, pushing the state toward a government shutdown. That's a situation that benefits no one.

House Republicans can’t hold the budget hostage just to overturn a voter-approved law

By Geoff Gratwick on June 21, 2017, at 1:14 p.m.
“If the Legislature does not give the governor a budget shortly, the state government will shut down July 1. A shutdown would represent failure of our government. It benefits absolutely no one, and it will harm many.”
Left to right, U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, and  U.S. Representative Greg Walden hold a news conference on the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 7, 2017.

Another one-party health care plan will be doomed to failure

By John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
“Ensuring that quality health insurance is available and affordable for every American is a bipartisan responsibility.”
The Afghan mountains are reflected in the visor of a U.S. Army Airborne CH-47 Chinook window gunner while flying toward a military base in eastern Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2014.

Trump’s silent surge in the Middle East and the slippery slope to war

By John Podesta and Brian Katulis, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:22 a.m.
“The United States used to debate the wars its military was fighting. But that’s not the case with the ongoing silent surge of U.S. military operations and arms sales across the Middle East.”

I hope Zinke’s visit showed him the importance of the North Woods monument

By Sheridan Steele on June 21, 2017, at 8:21 a.m.
“National parks and national monuments become economic engines that improve local and regional business and produce new opportunities for many. Let’s work together to keep our public lands protected for generations today and tomorrow.”
People hold signs outside the White House in Washington, D.C., during a rally to celebrate President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration will be granted deferred action and work permits to DREAMers end deportations and urge relief by governmental agencies for those in deportation proceedings, Friday, June 15, 2012.

Trump allows Dreamer immigrants to stay. Why?

By Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg View on June 20, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
Donald Trump appears torn between a crude promise made to his political base and what looks very much like presidential pangs of conscience. Imagine that.