Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada May 13, 2015.

Iraq and Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on May 19, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest. Even if the presumed front-runner hasn’t officially announced his candidacy yet. Jeb Bush’s first, second, third and fourth …

LePage tax reform

on May 18, 2015, at 3:35 p.m.
LePage tax reforms: GOP hesitation. Hesitant to support sales tax to pay for tax cuts.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Katahdin region national park, metal mining, public school overhaul

on May 18, 2015, at 12:46 p.m.
English politics Having just returned after spending most of April and early May in England, and being thoroughly steeped in their electoral process, I was surprised to read Jim Fossel’s May 14 BDN column in which his first premise is that the Liberal Democrats are to the left of Labour …

Lindsey Graham Is Right

on May 18, 2015, at 12:39 p.m.
The controversial United States Senator who is one of the most aggressive warhawks in Congress is running for President. Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will be running because “the world is falling apart.” Let’s face it, and it was a great pain for me to say these four words …
The Union Street bridge over I-95 in Bangor was listed as the second most urgent infrastructure project in the state in a 2014 report. The bridge is currently being replaced.

Abraham Lincoln predicted today’s highway funding mess that’s holding us back

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 18, 2015, at 12:34 p.m.
How pathetic are congressional efforts to fund needed highway and infrastructure work? Authorization of the current highway fund expires in two weeks, and Congress is far from agreement on how to raise money to pay for road, bridge and mass transit projects, not only for the long term but even …
Andy Sandweiss is pictured atop the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., earlier this year following a group meeting with President Barack Obama as part of the 2015 United States Senate Youth Program.

Here’s one way we can get our young people interested in running for office

By Andrew Sandweiss on May 18, 2015, at 11:57 a.m.
The Greek philosopher Diogenes wrote, “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” I agree. It is our youth upon whom our country’s future is built, for without them there is no future at all. While the general education of U.S. students is better than average, we …

Angus King is asking the right questions about arming Ukraine

By Brian Milakovsky on May 18, 2015, at 10:52 a.m.
The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists is heating up again, and many U.S. policymakers are calling for President Obama to resolve the conflict by giving Ukraine weaponry to defeat the separatists and Russian supporters. This is a disastrous policy that would undermine the efforts …
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, May 16, 2015.

Another Bush damaged by Iraq war

By Gwynne Dyer on May 18, 2015, at 8:07 a.m.
He just misheard the question. A basically friendly interviewer on Fox News asked Jeb Bush, now seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion (of Iraq)?” And he replied: “I would have.” When the storm of protest, even from …
Sarah Longwell is the managing director of the American Beverage Institute, a Washington D.C. restaurant trade association.

There are better ways for police to catch drunk drivers than sobriety checkpoints

By Sarah Longwell on May 18, 2015, at 7:17 a.m.
Americans should buckle up and brace themselves for particularly heavy traffic this Memorial Day Weekend. According to estimates from AAA, more than 37 million vacationers will drive to a destination for the three-day break this year, the most in nearly a decade. Unfortunately, crowded highways won’t be the only snag likely …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16 in this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo.

Wind power isn’t making the big impact its champions claim

By Paula Moore on May 17, 2015, at 10:07 a.m.
The Maine Renewable Energy Association recently released information from a white paper to clarify the 2013 benefits of wind power in Maine and predict future benefits in 2020. Unfortunately, the association’s press release touted at least one simplistic conclusion: Wind power theoretically offset the CO2 emissions from 94,000 vehicles in …
U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One to depart from the Oregon Air National Guard Base in Portland, Oregon May 8, 2015.

Democrats have turned against Obama on free trade

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on May 17, 2015, at 9:25 a.m.
That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World …

Trans-Pacific trade deal is the latest threat to our democracy

By John Buell on May 17, 2015, at 9:19 a.m.
Conservatives warn us deficit spending will turn the U.S. into a fiscal basket case, such as Greece. No longer truly independent, Greece is ruled by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission. What conservatives seldom point out is that membership in the Eurozone cost Greece …

The Little Train That Could

on May 17, 2015, at 7:50 a.m.
LD 1174: Allocating funds to study the feasibility of returning passenger train service to Bangor. A great idea that faces many obstacles to become a reality.

Where have you gone, Bobby Fischer?

on May 17, 2015, at 12:17 a.m.
Many years ago, while on vacation in Mallorca, I bought a chessboard, an inlaid mahogany slate with tournament-caliber playing pieces. The purchase was impulsive, and a nostalgic salute to my adolescent fervor for the royal game – along with an attempt to motivate myself back to regular play. While the …
Doug Hughes pilots his gyrocopter March 17 near the Wauchula Municipal Airport in Wauchula, Florida.

I flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol lawn to save our democracy

By Doug Hughes, Washington Post on May 16, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
When I return to Washington for my arraignment in federal court this week, it will be by car, not gyrocopter. My flying days are over, perhaps forever. Accepting responsibility for my actions means I accept their consequences, which I always took seriously. As my freedom rests in the court’s hands, …
Harvey Kesselman, who will become president of the University of Southern Maine on July 1, speaks with USM staff during a February visit to campus as one of three finalists for the president's position.

USM needs to turn discussion to future, not budget

By The BDN Editorial Board on May 16, 2015, at 10:53 a.m.
A battle over budget cuts and how they’ve been carried out has consumed the University of Southern Maine over the past few years — and especially in the past year — as the university has eliminated five academic programs, cut 51 faculty positions and dismissed others from the ranks of …

Monday, May 18, 2015: Deflated footballs vs. real problems, Maine’s worst road, tax reform doesn’t belong on ballot

on May 16, 2015, at 10:16 a.m.
Maine’s worst road Last summer, Route 15 was selected as the worst road in the entire state. It is especially bad from Blue Hill to the Sedgwick town line. Once Sedgwick is reached, the road noticeably is better. I first noticed the condition of the road in the fall of …
A marijuana plant during a demonstration in support of the legalization of marijuana in Medellin, May 2, 2015.

Why two former cops are trying to legalize marijuana in Maine

By Mark Dion and Kevin J. Battle on May 16, 2015, at 10:03 a.m.
Why are we, two cops-turned-legislators, trying to legalize pot? Because it’s going to happen, and we want to make sure the approach Maine takes is safe, successful, regulated and taxed. The time to legalize is now so our representatives don’t fall behind the voters. We must be proactive, not reactive. …

Solving the welfare cliff, unlike banning junk food, is actual welfare reform

on May 16, 2015, at 8:16 a.m.
As I ranted in my post last week, I am in a constant state of discontent when it comes to what is or isn’t welfare reform. The public discourse around the subject doesn’t soothe me much either. People want to talk about grocery receipts when I am thinking about children …

Social Security’s troubles deepen

on May 16, 2015, at 6:28 a.m.
The good news is Americans are living longer. The bad news is many Americans cannot afford to live longer. Many people do not have enough money saved or in Social Security to provide sufficient income in retirement. Of course, some are wealthy or have good employer provided retirement plans, but …
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