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Thursday, July 20, 2017: Threat to rural health care, Rep. Poliquin doesn’t listen, fix Maine disability program

on July 19, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Letters to the editor for Thursday, July 20, 2017: Threat to rural health care, Rep. Poliquin doesn’t listen, fix Maine disability program
CONTRIBUTORS
Donald Trump and Melania Trump arrive at the "Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration" concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2017.

What would Abraham Lincoln think of Donald Trump?

By Sidney Blumenthal, Los Angeles Times on July 19, 2017, at 5:52 a.m.
If we can deduce how Lincoln would perceive Trump, we can surmise how he would advise Americans to handle him.
DAVID FARMER

Poliquin keeps running from health care vote

on July 19, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
For a professional politician – a former state treasurer and two-term congressman – Poliquin sure isn’t acting like it.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Bomb squad

on July 19, 2017, at 5:13 a.m.
EDITORIALS
Bayside Bowl in Portland recently installed a solar array on its roof.

Veto override needed to avoid disastrous solar energy rules

on July 18, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Without action from the Legislature, Maine will be stuck with rules from the Public Utilities Commission that will needlessly cost residents millions of dollars and stall solar energy generation.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

TrumpCare disaster

on July 18, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Donald Trump Jr. gives a television interview at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio U.S. July 19, 2016.

Even when the facts are clear, defense is still ‘fake news’

By Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post on July 18, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
We’re in a golden era for accountability journalism, but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to hear what the watchdogs are barking about.
CONTRIBUTORS
United States Vice President Mike Pence addresses the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S., July 14, 2017.

Today’s conservatives clearly don’t understand government’s role as an insurer

By Jared Bernstein, The Washington Post on July 18, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
A lot of what key Republicans say in the health care debate — and other debates, too, such as Social Security — suggests that they fundamentally fail to understand the concept of insurance.
CONTRIBUTORS

Trump says the Paris agreement is unfair to the US. The US pledges didn’t go far enough.

By Michael Howard on July 18, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.
The Paris agreement does not demand enough from the developed world. But it is a start.
LETTERS

Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Time to improve health system, roadside litter, Bass Park’s future

on July 18, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Letters to the editor for Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Time to improve health system, roadside litter, Bass Park’s future
KATHLEEN PARKER
U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation as he attends a "Made in America" products showcase event at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2017.

Trump’s unique gift to America

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on July 18, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
Even the least popular presidents sometimes do great things. What might Donald Trump’s great thing be? He has unified a divided nation.
JOE SCARBOROUGH
U.S. President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he looks out from his personal enclosure at the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, July 14, 2017.

Trump is killing the Republican Party

By Joe Scarborough, The Washington Post on July 18, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
I did not leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left its senses.
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the community during a drug summit at Crosspoint Church in Bangor, July 11, 2017.

What it would take for us to be encouraged by LePage’s change of heart on Narcan

on July 17, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
For a governor who has been intent on standing in the way of meaningful progress in fighting the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, the change in thinking about naloxone represents progress.
POLL QUESTION
People enjoy a great day on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

How summer vacation took hold in the US

By Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg View on July 17, 2017, at 12 p.m.
Planning a trip to the beach, a lake, or some other spot in the great outdoors in the next month or so? Please take a few moments to thank a small but influential group of reformers, idealists, and busybodies who created an enduring American institution: the summer vacation.
LETTERS

Tuesday, July 18, 2017: Plastic buoys a threat to ocean health, a horse manure solution, LePage’s ‘fake news’

on July 17, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
Letters for Tuesday, July 18, 2017: Plastic buoys a threat to ocean health, a horse manure solution, LePage’s ‘fake news’
CONTRIBUTORS

How we can help Maine children develop the social skills they need to thrive

By Peter Lindsay and Newell Augur on July 17, 2017, at 8:45 a.m.
If we help children build a strong foundation early in life, we lay the groundwork for their success in school, and beyond. An early childhood consultation program is an integral part of that success.
Gwynne Dyer
Donald Trump Jr. looks out during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club-New Jersey.

Still not the smoking gun

By Gwynne Dyer on July 17, 2017, at 8:05 a.m.
Donald Trump won’t be impeached, but he’s not having fun anymore, and at some point it will all get too much for him. He will simply resign — he’s in his 70s, so he can just plead ill health — and we will get President Pence instead.
LANCE DUTSON
Gov. Paul LePage (right) exits the State House with Press Secretary Adrienne Bennett and other members of the executive staff, Aug. 14, 2013.

Wanted: Press secretary for hazardous duty

on July 17, 2017, at 7:50 a.m.
As the LePage administration begins the search for a new press secretary, I’ve drafted a “help wanted” ad to assist the governor’s team.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Robocalypse

on July 17, 2017, at 5:07 a.m.
CONTRIBUTORS
Scott Ladd works to sort lumber at Sebasticook Lumber in St. Albans.

People with disabilities deserve our respect, not less than the minimum wage

By Ryan Fecteau on July 16, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
A subminimum wage for people with disabilities is long overdue for extinction.