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Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia, on Nov. 7.

Why Congress must investigate Russian involvement in US election

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Editorial: Did Russia try to influence last month’s U.S. presidential election?
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Steve Sherman stands beside his logging equipment, fondly named "Matilda," in Oxbow, Maine.

As they decline, Maine’s rural communities face a choice

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:33 a.m.
Rural communities, not outside forces such as the state or think tanks, must decide how they will respond to population loss.
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Abdulhai Jurat, a former military prosecutor accused of bribery, stands in the dock surrounded by police at his trial, one of the first in the new Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Afghanistan.

US wasted a lot of money in Afghanistan. A permanent inspector general would help.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
The U.S. government has allocated more than $115 billion toward reconstruction work in Afghanistan.
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William Beardsley

Maine needs a real education commissioner. Gov. LePage should ensure we get one.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 30, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
Editorial: Stability and accountability should be a hallmark of government. Gov. Paul LePage can return the Department of Education to these standards by again nominating a permanent education commissioner.
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Coal is loaded onto rail cars leaving a coal mine in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

Trump should look beyond the past, stop promising to make coal great again

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 29, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Editorial: The story of hardworking coal miners put out of jobs by unreasonable government regulations, repeated by Donald Trump on the campaign trail, was compelling. But it isn’t entirely true.
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A Shared Hope International graphic that shows most states have made progress in adding laws that protect children who are caught in sex trafficking.

Maine’s poor sex trafficking laws need to be addressed

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
An estimated 200 to 300 cases of sex trafficking occur in Maine every year. Among those victims are vulnerable young teens.
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The Pentagon recently completed a new $100 million water treatment plant to serve the 26,000 people at the drought-plagued Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert in California.

Climate research is ‘essential for our way of life’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 26, 2016, at 10:22 a.m.
To survive, we must know what is happening to our home planet. Denying climate changes that are well documented is not a strategy. It is, ultimately, a death wish.
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Why a multicultural center makes sense for Bangor

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 25, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
Editorial: A multicultural center can be a place that spurs the kinds of personal conversations that lead to more inclusivity and acceptance. This would be an important step as Bangor welcomes more newcomers to the area.
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Where will you buy your gifts this holiday season? Think local.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 24, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
Amid the shopping, don’t forget donating to charity is an important part of the holiday spirit as well.
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Thanksgiving remembrance from Harriet Beecher Stowe

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 23, 2016, at 8:51 a.m.
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s vivid description of Thanksgiving soon after the Revolutionary War and is a particularly fitting reminiscence for today.
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Lighted paper bags stand as memorials to those lost at a drug overdose victims' vigil in Portland's Monument Square in August 2015.

Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. Our policies should reflect that.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 22, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Editorial: The surgeon general’s report is an important call to action that should inform and guide Maine’s response to its ongoing drug addiction crisis.
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Mississippi sets the example that Maine should never follow

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 21, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Mississippi taxpayers can be kept in the dark as their money is used to carry out the public’s business.
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Bacon is fried up in a pan in a kitchen in this photo illustration shot October 26, 2015.

The case for allowing members of Congress to bring home the bacon

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 19, 2016, at 10 a.m.
At a time when Americans say they are fed up with dysfunction in Washington, it sounds counterintuitive to suggest bringing back earmarks … It’s actually not.
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The Bangor City Council last year denied an expansion of a methadone clinic in the city.

Judge’s methadone clinic ruling gives Bangor a chance to right its wrong

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 18, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
Bangor cannot be “a star on the edge of night,” as new Mayor Joe Baldacci proclaimed Monday, when the city turns its back on marginalized people, namely those struggling with substance abuse.
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A pharmacist holds the generic version of Suboxone at Community Pharmacies in Gorham, March 16, 2015.

With few wins to celebrate in Maine’s addiction fight, here’s one worth acknowledging

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 17, 2016, at 12:35 p.m.
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Campaign CEO Stephen Bannon departs the offices of Republican president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, New York, Nov. 11, 2016.

Stephen Bannon must go if Trump is to be ‘president for all Americans’

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.
Editorial: Stephen Bannon’s history of allowing his Breitbart News website to denigrate minorities, Jews, women and other groups clearly disqualifies him from service in the White House. That Donald Trump cannot see this is horrifying.
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Five people who died in weekend crashes in Maine were not wearing seat belts.

Deadly weekend of crashes shows seat belts work, so buckle up

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 15, 2016, at 12:19 p.m.
Editorial: It sounds trite, but seat belts save lives.
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Last week, Maine voters approved Question 1, legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

There’s a lot we don’t know about marijuana. That’s a danger as more states legalize it.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 14, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Editorial: There is a crucial need for better understanding of the consequences of recreational marijuana use.
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Trump owes women a sincere apology and a pledge before he becomes president

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 13, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Before Trump takes office in January, he owes the women of this country an apology — not an apology that dismisses his dehumanizing behavior toward women as locker room banter, but a true apology.
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It’s too easy to get a referendum question on the ballot. Here’s what should change.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 11, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
It’s time to raise the standards for sending citizen-initiative ballot questions to voters.