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Bangor fire Capt. Greg Hodge, who works with the EMS division, checks the department's remaining stockpile of Narcan in July, finding that the supply has dropped from 10 packages -- a full case -- to five in the course of one day. "There was a time when we'd have to buy a case a year," he said. "Now it's a case a month."

Narcan will save lives today, but Maine can’t forget treatment for tomorrow

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 30, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
Editorial: If Maine had a different governor, who didn’t hold the inexplicable opinion that naloxone just delays death, more people might be touting it as a wonder drug and rushing to get it to those with addiction and their loved ones.
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Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from the audience during a town hall meeting at  William S. Cohen School in Bangor on May 25.

The most viable way to hold LePage accountable? Censure, irrelevance

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Lawmakers need to address LePage’s fitness for office. They can’t simply allow behavior unbecoming of the governor’s office to slide by without consequence.
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Gov. Paul LePage

How to solve a drug crisis? Not by name calling, racial profiling

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 27, 2016, at 9:55 a.m.
There were more fatal drug overdoses in Maine in the first six months of this year than in all of 2013.
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An Asociacion Carnavalesca de Massachusetts member gives a high-five to Faustina Millien 6, to open last year's American Folk Festival.

The folk festival needs you to go enjoy the music — and contribute to its future

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 26, 2016, at 11:38 a.m.
Editorial: To get in on the excitement, head downtown and enjoy the festivities.
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The Maine State House in Augusta

Maine will be recovering from LePage-induced damage for years. Recovery should start now.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 25, 2016, at 12:57 p.m.
Editorial: The LePage administration has been steadily chipping away at Maine’s public health infrastructure.
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Lucas St. Clair looks toward Mount Katahdin in 2013 at a lookout on land that became the Maine Woods National Monument on Wednesday.

Maine’s ‘valuable addition’ to national park system is ready for your visit

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 24, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Editorial: We don’t believe it will take 100 years to realize the value of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. We thank the president for seeing the beauty, historical significance and promise of the nation’s newest monument and we thank the Quimby family for their generosity.
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Sen. Angus King speaks at the Process Development Lab at the University of Maine in Orono, July 29, 2016.

Administration’s refusal to cooperate on forestry product work is absurd

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 23, 2016, at 12:50 p.m.
Editorial: The team’s work is not done, so there is still time for LePage and his staff to join this needed effort.
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A mother who is 23-weeks pregnant with her first baby.

What legislators can do after questionable contracting of program for infants

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 22, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.
In the absence of a collaborative spirit in Augusta, it will be up to the Legislature to, at a minimum, ensure questionable contracting doesn’t happen again.
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Assistant House Leaders Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, were among the 54 women in the Maine Legislature this session.

Why we should all want more women in Congress, the State House

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 20, 2016, at 10:29 a.m.
We all benefit when government reflects our diversity, so we should all be concerned that women too often are on the political sidelines.
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Maine’s infant mortality rate is the highest in New England and among the highest in the country. It’s time for a serious look at how to reverse this trend.

More Maine infants are dying. State panel must be empowered to find out why

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 19, 2016, at 6:43 a.m.
We don’t want the state meddling unnecessarily in the life of a family experiencing an unimaginably difficult time, but understanding this issue is crucial to preventing more deaths.
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Dr. Jabbar Fazeli talks on Tuesday in his Portland office about his difficult decision to inform the FBI in 2014 that his brother, Adnan, had become radicalized in his Islamic faith. Adnan Fazeli, 38, died fighting with the Islamic State in Lebanon last year.

Politicians draw wrong conclusions from Adnan Fazeli’s life and death

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 18, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Fazeli’s story is troubling, but it does not suggest there is a widespread danger of Muslim radicalization in Maine.
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump grimaces as he makes remarks Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at the Trask Coliseum on the campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C.

An exercise in taking Donald Trump at his word paints a frightening picture

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 17, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
In June, a team led by economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics took Trump’s statements — along with the little his campaign had in terms of published policies — at face value and assessed the long-term impact on the U.S. economy.
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A postcard depicting buildings on the Augusta Mental Health Institute campus around 1900.

DHHS’ ever-changing plans for housing mentally ill are a cause for deep concern

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
It’s DHHS’ responsibility to offer more details before it moves forward with such a significant change at Riverview, so the public can be assured that the move is one based on improving patient care.
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When you wish away state government, there are bound to be consequences

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 15, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.
The diminished ranks of Maine’s public health nurses throw into question the state’s ability to respond effectively to a disease outbreak.
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A fee has its limits. A plastic bag ban makes sense for Bangor.

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 14, 2016, at 11:27 a.m.
Bans reduce waste, litter and energy usage, and the use of reusable bags in plastic bags’ place does not endanger people’s health or the economy.
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Dr. Laila Hubbi, a pediatric dental resident with New York University, checks the teeth of a young patient during a dental clinic in Machias in this April 15 file photo.

Hillary Clinton’s top health care priority? It should be dental care

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 12, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
When it comes to building on the Affordable Care Act, one of Clinton’s first priorities should be expanding access to dental care.
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Rush hour traffic is shown on Interstate 95 near downtown Miami, Florida, Nov. 5, 2015.

This reminder doesn’t get old: Overtake and pass in the left, return to the right

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 11, 2016, at 1:17 p.m.
Editorial: Here’s a reminder that bears repeating: The left lane is for passing while the right lane is for travel.
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This picture of Garrett Brown, made into an ornament, was one of the last pictures Trudy Kopyc took of her nephew.

7 Bangor councilors have turned their backs on those trapped by opiate addiction

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 09, 2016, at 2:31 p.m.
All the Bangor City Council had to do was say yes.
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016.

Susan Collins just gave another reason to ditch Trump

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 09, 2016, at 12:58 p.m.
Editorial: Some may think the choice was obvious, but that doesn’t detract from the significance of her announcement.
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Lyme disease is transmitted by blacklegged ticks infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.

It’s dreadful how little is still known about ticks and Lyme disease

By The BDN Editorial Board on Aug. 08, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
Editorial: Demand more answers about how to fight this public health hazard.