Editorials

 
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Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor

LePage, Mayhew’s Medicaid-slashing plan doesn’t stand up to the most basic test

on May 26, 2017, at 6:27 a.m.
Maine DHHS only needs an OK from Trump’s administration to start imposing work requirements on low-income, non-disabled adults in order for them to receive health coverage through Medicaid.
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Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport

Fewer people should be in prison, but hasty LePage plan has many flaws

on May 25, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
It is encouraging that Gov. Paul LePage sees the value of transitioning low-risk offenders out of prison and into the workforce. It is concerning, however, that this new approach doesn’t appear well planned and instead comes amid the governor’s hurry to close the Downeast Correctional Facility to save money.
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A copy of President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget is on display on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017.

Cutting aid to poor people doesn’t magically make them less poor

on May 24, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Reducing assistance for poor people in the U.S. is a centerpiece of the budget the Trump administration unveiled Tuesday.
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Millinocket town Councilor Jesse Dumais was an opponent of a national monument near his community. Earlier this month, he spoke out against efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

All signs point to monument being positive addition to Maine, even if LePage tries to hide it

on May 23, 2017, at 10:40 a.m.
LePage is overlooking some important facts. The monument is not his; it belongs to the people of the United States. Ditto for the signs and the roads where they were to be placed. All of these belong to the public, not an impetuous governor who governs through threats and tantrums.
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Judy Gopaul worked at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for six years, most of them as the local health officer coordinator.

A secretive government makes everyone else suspicious

on May 22, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
When journalists and lawmakers think a government is being secretive, it doesn’t make them stop looking for information. Just the opposite. It gives them fuel to keep digging.
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The EPA asked which rules should be repealed. Here’s what Americans said.

on May 20, 2017, at 8:33 a.m.
But, a curious thing happened when the EPA asked the public which of the agency’s rules should be eliminated or modified. The resounding answer from thousands of Americans was “none.”
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Salena Sawtelle pushes Ora Bartlet to the dining hall before breakfast at the Stillwater Health Care facility in Bangor recently.

Maine GOP can’t keep ignoring the wage crisis among workers caring for the sick, dying

on May 19, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
Whether or not employers will be able to attract enough workers to fill these jobs depends on how much the state, through MaineCare, provides employers for wages.
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Here’s a promise we hope Donald Trump keeps

on May 18, 2017, at 12:13 p.m.
Clearly, more money is needed for transportation projects. But, few lawmakers dare to suggest raising the fuel tax, fearing a backlash from drivers and transportation industry officials.
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From left, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak talk during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Russian crisis highlights Trump’s incompetence as president

on May 17, 2017, at 11:58 a.m.
Day by crisis-filled day, Donald Trump shows he doesn’t have the discipline, smarts or demeanor to be president.
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Maine is the only state in the nation that has seen a long-term rise in its rate of infant deaths. The state used to have one of the nation's lowest infant mortality rates.

Top health official ignores facts, own reports, by denying Maine’s infant death problem

on May 16, 2017, at 12:20 p.m.
Lawmakers should get behind public health policies that respond to reality.
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President Donald Trump, left, and Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, on Nov. 20, 2016, at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster Township, N.J.

Trump’s review of ‘election integrity’ threatens to formalize voter suppression

on May 15, 2017, at 1:47 p.m.
President Trump’s recently announced “election integrity” commission is worse than anticipated.
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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Three Republicans stopped a methane rule rollback. They must continue to buck Trump.

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 13, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
The methane rule shows the value of strong-willed Republicans willing to rein in a dangerous president and administration.
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Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

It’s not surprising LePage is upset about a welfare bill that actually helps poor people

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 12, 2017, at 11:36 a.m.
Maine’s poorest children deserve policies that actually aim to help them, not policies that penalize their parents for being poor.
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Twenty-seven Maine communities have restrictions on pesticide use. Gov. Paul LePage wants to overrule them.

Out-of-state lobbying group wants to weaken Maine laws. Legislators shouldn’t fall for it.

on May 11, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
Lawmakers should put the interests of Maine communities and residents first and reject this bill, which wasn’t even written to solve a Maine problem.
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James Comey testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2017.

After Comey firing, Congress must ensure robust Russia investigation continues

on May 10, 2017, at 1:04 p.m.
The American people need to know the extent of Russian ties to the White House and how Trump and his family have benefited or will benefit from those connections.
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Stephanie Desrochers is a community work incentive coordinator at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

To employ more people, Maine should boost this little-known endeavor

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 09, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
We acknowledge that, given the situation in Congress, it is unrealistic to expect more funding. But if federal and state leaders truly believe that people with disabilities can work, then this program should not be a little-known resource with an insufficient number of staff members tasked with helping a population numbering in the tens of thousands.
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Yellow Light Breen is president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation.

A way to finally create an economic plan for Maine’s future

on May 08, 2017, at 12:33 p.m.
Maine doesn’t have enough resources to be everything to everyone; it needs to pick where it can have the most return and stay the course. Lawmakers shouldn’t wait any longer to turn this bill into law.
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House after the House pushed through a health-care bill on Thursday.

House Republicans voted to weaken health care, hurt the poor and cut taxes for the wealthy

on May 06, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
In Maine, nearly a third of residents under the age of 65 have pre-existing conditions.
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VolturnUS, the first-of-its-kind wind turbine, designed and built at the University of Maine, became the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine in the Americas to provide electricity to the power grid in June 2013.

Maine can’t afford a second colossal mistake on offshore wind energy

on May 05, 2017, at 6:14 a.m.
Lawmakers, pushed by Gov. Paul LePage, made the horrible decision in 2013 to push a potential $70 million worth of potential investment in clean energy away from Maine. The current Legislature should not make an even worse mistake this year.
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Naloxone hyrdrochloride reverses the effects of an overdose

LePage’s misguided bill would do nothing to reverse Maine’s deadly heroin crisis

on May 04, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
A bill to further punish people with substance abuse disorder will do nothing to stop Maine’s deadly opioid epidemic and should be rejected by lawmakers.