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President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, Jan. 11, 2017.

Trump wants to be ‘president for all Americans.’ He has a lot of work to do.

Editorial: We would like to tell all Americans that they must respect and honor their new president, but Trump — through words and actions — has yet to earn that respect.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage gave John Lewis a history lesson on civil rights, but failed his own test

During the Civil War, 189,000 African-Americans aided the Union cause. Rather than demanding their gratitude, Lincoln thanked African-Americans for their help.
Local residents protested repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Dover-Foxcroft on Sunday.

Nonpartisan analysis reaffirms why repealing Obamacare is a bad idea

Any doubts that repealing the core elements of the Affordable Care Act would have dire consequences for millions of Americans were laid to rest this week by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Why I’m wearing a black armband to mourn Trump’s inauguration

OpEd: On Friday, I will wear a black armband to mourn, to protest and to honor.
Workers cut logs at the American Forest Management wood yard in Passadumkeag, Jan. 18, 2017.

It’s time for Maine’s forest products industry to reinvent itself. Here’s how.

OpEd: There clearly are challenges ahead, but we have enormous assets to build on going forward.

Be not afraid: Being Jewish in rural Maine


Democrats think Trump’s outsiders are inferior to Obama’s outsiders

Some think that, somehow, understanding and connecting with established order provides you a better understanding of how to lead that department. I think it shackles you to the status quo.

Why eliminating Maine’s tipped wage is a raw deal for restaurants and tipped workers

OpEd: It’s time for the Legislature to pick up the pieces and amend this law in a way that honors the will of the voters without harming Mainers who depend on tips to make a decent living, restaurant owners who already skate by on paper thin margins or you, the consumer, so your next ham Italian doesn’t cost you $10.
A sign at the reception desk at Bangor Public Health and Community Services, where WIC recipients have their appointments.

By insisting on photo IDs in infant nutrition program, LePage administration is thwarting its own goals

Rather than make a federally required change that could make public assistance accessible to more people, the LePage administration has dug in its heels.

The ‘pure evil’ among us probably aren’t wicked people

OpEd: Society sometimes needs to be protected from particular individuals. But the mindset that there are “wicked people” out there may lead to inefficient, ineffective and ultimately unjustifiable justice policies.
Maine has an opportunity to evolve its old monopoly electric grid by allowing Maine ratepayers to generate their own electricity with rooftop solar panels.

Rooftop solar brings much needed competition into Maine’s electric grid

OpEd: We should set our sights higher. By understanding the full set of costs and values offered by new energy technologies, we can create a truly innovative energy future.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick as head of the Environmental Protectional Agency, meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2017.

Scott Pruitt is too far outside the range of acceptable cabinet nominees

Pruitt is so hostile to the EPA’s core mission that putting him in charge would move the United States dangerously backwards.
It's National Divorce Month, but a lot of people who are thinking about observing might be better off if they delayed the festivities for a while and started hunting for reasons to celebrate their marriage instead.

It’s divorce season, but that’s a risky move

OpEd: A lot of people who are thinking about observing National Divorce Month might be better off if they delayed the festivities for a while and started hunting for reasons to celebrate their marriage instead.
Palestinian protesters run as others hurl stones toward Israeli soldiers during clashes on Dec. 30, 2016, after a protest against the nearby Jewish settlement of Qadomem in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom near Nablus.

The two-state solution remains the only viable path to peace between Israel and Palestine


Our interconnectedness demands that we unite to defend the common good for all

We can work together to affirm our unity as Americans and as human beings, while protecting the diversity and the differences of opinion that have defined the U.S. at its best.

Introducing The Right Way


Regulating pot: Do it right

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