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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016: Thibodeau a proven leader, climate change threat, a presidential dilemma

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
Letters for Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016: Thibodeau a proven leader, climate change threat, a presidential dilemma
EDITORIALS
Gov. Paul LePage

With drug dealer binder, LePage fails to prove his distorted, racist version of reality

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 28, 2016, at 11:01 a.m.
Editorial: The governor should focus his attention on shrinking this market, not on collecting photos to prove his alternate and racist version of reality.
CONTRIBUTORS

Maine misses out when higher education remains unaffordable

By Susan Feiner and Flynn Ross on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
OpEd: It’s clear that a generation putting their lives on hold stifles community growth and development.
CONTRIBUTORS
Alicia Machado at El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on June 8, 2016. The former Miss Universe who has been insulted by Donald Trump, has emerged as a potent advocate for his current political opponent, Hillary Clinton.

What Donald Trump’s ‘Miss Piggy’ comment shows us about the sin of weight gain

By Danielle Paquette, Washington Post on Sept. 28, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.
OpEd: Though bullying a woman about her looks has never been socially acceptable, today’s world is increasingly body-positive.
PERSPECTIVES

A Wandering Mind: Thoughts on Language

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 8:58 a.m.
My mind wandered during Monday’s debate, as I grew weary of listening to one man’s rambling refusal to recognize any source of knowledge or wisdom beyond his “gut.” Doing so is the purpose of education – and Donald Trump seems to have missed a few classes. A friend of mine …

Washington Post Editorial: Maine’s governor is completely unhinged

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 9:28 p.m.
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THE GLOCAL

Reflections on the Colombian Peace Agreement

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
It is with great skepticism that I reflect on the recent signing of the peace agreement between the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and experienced directly and indirectly the multi-layers of the most recent Colombian Civil War. Within this …

Pack 139 Scouts recognized for appreciating our Service Men and Women

By Sara Ippolito on Sept. 27, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Earlier this year the Cub and Boy Scouts of Pack 139 diligently worked to fold 300 flags placing them along with a thank you card into 3×3 plastic bags. With money collected during various fund raisers the flags were purchased and the journey began. Along with learning how to properly …
EDITORIALS
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Donald Trump proved in the debate how little he cares for the rest of us

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 27, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Editorial: The U.S. needs a president who understands economics, health care, foreign policy, military strategy and much more. The nation also need a president who truly cares about Americans’ well-being.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Great debate?

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 12:11 p.m.
It seemed like Trump was debating Lester Holt for most of the evening.
CONTRIBUTORS
Protester Tom Moran wears a papier-mache head of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a Trump supporter drives past, outside Hofstra University, the site of the Sept. 26 first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, in Hempstead, New York.

Vote as you must to minimize evil in November, then work for a better world

By Michael Howard on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:37 a.m.
OpEd: Vote as you must to minimize evil, then work for a better world.
LETTERS

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016: Maine workers deserve a fair wage, building a better future, Clinton has the right experience

on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:32 a.m.
Letters for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016: Maine workers deserve a fair wage, building a better future, Clinton has the right experience
CONTRIBUTORS

Background checks are the best way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people

By Ed Tolan on Sept. 27, 2016, at 10:25 a.m.
OpEd: As a longtime police officer from a family of first responders, I strongly support a “yes” vote on Question 3 to require background checks on all gun purchases and transfers in Maine.
KATHLEEN PARKER
Democrat Hillary Clinton (right) and Republican Donald Trump speak during their first presidential debate on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York.

The Trump letters

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on Sept. 27, 2016, at 9:16 a.m.
OpEd: The first presidential debate has played out. Game on!
CONTRIBUTORS
From left, Alex Coulling, a University of Maine civil engineering graduate student and UMaine research engineer Josh Clapp stand in front of the newly unveiled base for a floating wind turbine in May 2013.

Maine’s economy needs engineers, and Maine’s young people need great engineering jobs

By Dana Connors on Sept. 26, 2016, at 5:17 p.m.
Engineers are vital to Maine’s economy, yet there is an approaching crisis: There are too few engineers to fill available jobs.
GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST

Fact checker

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 4:13 p.m.
No matter how the debate goes…nothing will change my mind about Donald Trump!
EDITORIALS
Pete Waterman of Waterman Farms in Sabattus posted a help-wanted sign along Route 126 in front of his family's farm in 2013 because he was looking for a skilled farmhand.

Maine needs more people ‘from away,’ so it needs an attitude change

By The BDN Editorial Board on Sept. 26, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Editorial: The new report from Maine’s Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Development Foundation called for programs to welcome and support new arrivals, but it also hit on a basic problem: attitude.
LETTERS

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016: Gratwick for Maine Senate, Alzheimer’s awareness, keeping older Mainers in their homes

on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:34 a.m.
Letters for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016: Gratwick for Maine Senate, Alzheimer’s awareness, keeping older Mainers in their homes
GWYNNE DYER
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, holds a flag while standing on an armored vehicle in the city of Mosul, Iraq, June 23, 2014.

Who would ISIS vote for?

By Gwynne Dyer on Sept. 26, 2016, at 11:19 a.m.
OpEd: Ask yourself: Which of the American presidential candidates is more likely to overreact to a terrorist provocation?
CONTRIBUTORS

I used to earn a fair paycheck in a paper mill. Now I struggle to get by on $10 per hour.

By Raye Rolston on Sept. 26, 2016, at 9:03 a.m.
OpEd: People who work for a living deserve to be able to make a living; it’s plain and simple.