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The House of Representatives chamber is seen during Gov. Paul LePage's 2014 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta in this 2014 file photo.

Lot of bluster in Augusta, but few meaningful policy changes

When the biggest accomplishment of a legislative session is passing a budget and avoiding a state shutdown, it’s clear that state policymaking has reached a …

Assault, harmony and a cheeseburger in Lovell, Maine

On June 21, I walked into Rosie’s lunch counter in Lovell, Maine (population 1,140), for a burger to go. The waitress had just taken my …

Tourism jobs can’t replace high-wage manufacturing jobs. What’ll Maine do about it?

The more I’ve researched the Katadhin region national park debate, the more I’ve come to terms with a glaring reality check: Over-reliance on tourism in …
Nurse Deanna Boisvert cleans up after dispensing methadone at CAP Quality Care in Westbrook in March.

Legislature, not LePage, deserves credit for balanced approach to drug addiction

On Monday, June 29, Gov. Paul LePage submitted his four-page letter vetoing the biennial budget forwarded to him by the Legislature. The next day, the …
Pins promoting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sit in a box during an organizational meeting in Decatur, Georgia, on June 10.

Trump vs. Sanders: Strange days for American politics

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate …
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, shakes hands during the Independence Day Parade on July 4 in Creston, Iowa

How Bernie Sanders can be a catalyst for a better America

Hillary Clinton supporters need to quit dismissing Bernie Sanders as an annoyance. He’s the one speaking with full-throated, plain-spoken accuracy about American public policy. But …

Fear has no place in Bangor’s minimum wage debate

The first City Council reading for Councilor Joe Baldacci’s Bangor minimum wage proposal is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, and the first public …
An antique clock

Hospice movement needs to get word out about end-of-life care

Since Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, pioneer for the rights of the dying, brought public awareness to the …

Cutting back Postal Service hits Bangor, everywhere else

A June 29 BDN OpEd cast the problems with the U.S. Postal Service somewhat oddly, suggesting the issue is that the Heartland is experiencing slower …
Steel girders are swung into place to carry the Interstate Highway over Broadway.

New highway funding system needed

Like so much else in Congress, lawmakers lurch from crisis to crisis when it comes to paying for the nation’s infrastructure, especially our highways. A …
The sun sets on the State House in Augusta night as lawmakers prepared for a late session in this June 16, 2015, file photo.

‘Gang of Four’ budget deal a disaster for Mainers

Maine state government has a brand new two-year budget. But before anyone pops champagne corks in celebration, they may want to pause for a moment …
Li Tingting (right) and Teresa pose in bridal gowns at a bridal photography studio as they meet the media in Beijing, China, July 2, 2015.

What would Confucius say about same-sex marriage?

Gay marriage isn’t legal in China, and it won’t be any time soon. But because of the U.S Supreme Court and its decision last week …
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (2nd L) arrives for a meeting of political party leaders at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Greece July 6, 2015.

A bluffer’s guide to the Eurozone crisis

Political parties rarely commit suicide. The current crisis in Greece, which has led to Sunday’s referendum on the terms of a deal with the European …
Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, June 30, 2015.

The worst agreement in US diplomatic history

The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Barack Obama’s fantastical belief that he, …
Spectators watch fireworks from Jones Park in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Wednesday July 4, 2012. The park has been almost completely rebuilt since being destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Happy Independence Day

Two-hundred thirty-nine years ago, representatives in the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and adopted their Declaration of Independence. It expressed frustration and anger with the …
A sign bobs in the air during a rally where protesters called for an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Gov. Paul LePage outside the State House in Augusta in this June 30, 2015, file photo.

We can’t let LePage become who we are as Mainers

I have long been a critic of Gov. Paul LePage, though I have been more cautious than many. Going all the way back to 2010, …
President Barack Obama winks at visitors and reporters watching as he returns via Marine One helicopter after travel from Tennessee to the White House in Washington on July 1, 2015.

Obama, with momentum


America must stop torturing our troops

This Independence Day, as we gather to celebrate our freedom and honor the brave men …

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