Opinion

 
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
President Barack Obama attends a news conference during the 2016 Ise-Shima G7 Summit in Shima, Japan, May 26, 2016.

The arrow of history

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 29, 2016, at 10:18 a.m.
How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist?
MAINELY THOUGHTS

Why I am lucky to have been mentored by a veteran

on May 28, 2016, at 9 p.m.
A mentor is that person you can turn to when you absolutely don’t know who else to turn to, but you trust that person’s judgement so you turn to him or her first.
EDITORIALS
World War II veteran Cliff West, U.S. Marines, gestures to the crowd as he leads the group of World War II veterans in Bangor’s 2015 Memorial Day Parade.

Honoring soldiers, sailors, Marines on Memorial Day

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 28, 2016, at 10:54 a.m.
This Memorial Day, Americans should have no trouble finding time, or reason, to honor their comrades.
LETTERS

Monday, May 30, 2016: Drug price ‘charity,’ national monument makes sense, re-start Onward Program

on May 28, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
Letters for Monday, May 30, 2016: Drug price ‘charity,’ national monument makes sense, re-start Onward Program
NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY

New ‘political correctness’ law misses real issues

on May 28, 2016, at 6:51 a.m.
Last week, President Obama signed a bill that seems a perfect exercise in “political correctness.” Amazingly, in a time of legislative deadlock, the bill had passed the Senate unanimously. The new law removes from federal statutes what are considered derogatory racial terms. For example, “Oriental” is replaced by “Asian American.” …
STIRRING THE POT

How To Know If You Are A Mainer

on May 28, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
The idea of what makes a Mainer intrigues me.  Years ago I wrote about authenticity in Maine literature in an essay about E.B. White and R.P.T. Coffin called Two Pigs from Maine.  More recently, my colleagues and I in UMaine’s School of Economics wrote about survey research we did on …
CONTRIBUTORS

I’ve seen schools rife with ignorance and hatred. It doesn’t have to be this way.

By Clara Bradley on May 27, 2016, at 3:01 p.m.
OpEd: This imprisonment can no longer continue. I am not the only one.
CONTRIBUTORS
Guardsmen with the Second Maine appear in these photos during their assembly at Camp Keyes, Augusta, Maine, in 1916.

Few remember how the Maine Guard helped secure the Mexican border 100 years ago

By Jonathan Bratten on May 27, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
OpEd: This June will mark the 100th anniversary of the National Guard’s service on the Mexican border, a little-remembered event in Maine’s history.
LETTERS

Saturday, May 28, 2016: College financial barriers, doctors and Medicaid, yes to ranked-choice voting

on May 27, 2016, at 2:46 p.m.
Letters for Saturday, May 28, 2016: College financial barriers, doctors and Medicaid, yes to ranked-choice voting
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

DHHS error

on May 27, 2016, at 5:14 a.m.
DHHS food stamp overpayment error.
FIGHTING THE TIDES

Now Trump’s denigrating Native Americans, too.

on May 26, 2016, at 6:57 p.m.
So we can tack Native Americans onto the list that includes Hispanic people, Black people, Muslims, refugees and immigrants of all nationalities, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and just about any other minority or marginalized group in which Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has outwardly and boastfully offended. Earlier …
MAINELY THOUGHTS

This is why, for me, recovery is about learning to be OK with brokenness

on May 26, 2016, at 5:37 p.m.
For some of us, recovery is about learning to be okay with being broken and learning to find ways to make our brokenness beautiful and purposeful.
CONTRIBUTORS

The disappointing reality of an increased minimum wage

By Gabriel Karam on May 26, 2016, at 11:03 a.m.
OpEd: Although many minimum wage employees continue to protest for increased wages, it would be better for them to be employed with any payment, as opposed to having no job and still having to live with higher prices.
LETTERS

Friday, May 27, 2016: Support ranked-choice voting, eager for Fiberight, Collins leads on energy

on May 26, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Letters for Friday, May 27, 2016: Support ranked-choice voting, eager for Fiberight, Collins leads on energy
CONTRIBUTORS

Maine Republicans, tell us if you’re with Trump and LePage, or moderation and reason

By Dawn Hill on May 26, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
OpEd: It’s time for Maine people and the media to ask Republicans this: Are you with Trump and LePage or not?
DANA MILBANK
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on "Internal Revenue Service Data Theft Affecting Taxpayer Information" on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 2, 2015.

The GOP’s lost hope for scandal

By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post on May 26, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
OpEd: Everything Rep. Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia.
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage

Is LePage really such a stalwart opponent of Medicaid expansion?

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 26, 2016, at 9:33 a.m.
Editorial: Gov. Paul LePage is an avowed opponent of Medicaid expansion. But does he really understand the impact of his decision?
EDITORIALS

Bangor wants to prevent more overdose deaths, and there’s a new way you can help

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 26, 2016, at 8:43 a.m.
Use jail as a way to screen and connect people with substance use disorders to effective treatment. Provide education about the disease of addiction to judges, lawyers, police, and jail and prison staff. Address prejudice by sharing more videos and stories of people in recovery. Increase state and federal funding …
CHRIS BUSBY

Trump, LePage and an endless parade of lies

on May 26, 2016, at 6:02 a.m.
The steady stream of outrageous statements and behavior emanating from the Blaine House have effectively numbed the populace into a torpor of cynical indifference.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

To Tell the Truth

on May 25, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
To Tell the Truth: American television panel game show from 1956 to the present. At the moment Augusta’s favorite reality show.