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Millinocket town Councilor Jesse Dumais was an opponent of a national monument near his community. Earlier this month, he spoke out against efforts to overturn the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

All signs point to monument being positive addition to Maine, even if LePage tries to hide it

LePage is overlooking some important facts. The monument is not his; it belongs to the people of the United States. Ditto for the signs and the roads where they were to be placed. All of these belong to the public, not an impetuous governor who governs through threats and tantrums.

Treating addiction with marijuana isn’t that controversial

My attitude is whatever it takes to keep these folks from showing up in body bags at the chief medical examiner’s office.

GOP health care bill drops essential coverage for Mainers with mental illness, addictions

The American Health Care Act would drag us back to the failed policies of the past and leave millions struggling with mental health and substance use disorders without hope. But we still have hope.
French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with people during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe after the handover ceremony in Paris, France, May 14, 2017.

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

The US and France have much in common, sharing the critical values of democracy and freedom arising from our respective revolutionary histories.
President Donald Trump (left) and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to reporters before their meeting at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

Leakers who revealed Israel as intelligence source did far more damage than Trump

These leakers need to be brought to task.
Judy Gopaul worked at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services for six years, most of them as the local health officer coordinator.

A secretive government makes everyone else suspicious

When journalists and lawmakers think a government is being secretive, it doesn’t make them stop looking for information. Just the opposite. It gives them fuel to keep digging.

The state budget is too important to negotiate behind closed doors

Let your elected officials know you will be watching and will expect them to act in the best interests of all the people of Maine. It is time for them to govern responsibly and to do so with transparency.
Gov. Paul LePage

Hello. My name is Mr. Irrelevant

When LePage decides to spend several days on a talk radio tour trashing newspaper columnists, while it’s great for my ego, it just makes him look petty.
U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Ivanka Trump and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, delivers remarks to the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

Trump’s speech on terrorism was a missed opportunity

On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech abroad, calling for stronger partnerships with Muslim-majority countries to destroy terrorists through military action and financial measures and to combat the “false allure of the craven ideology” that has inspired radicalization.

Maine’s national monument protects ponds, streams where our iconic fish swim

It promises to protect those resources, and to continue a long tradition of being everyone’s land.
A television plays a news report on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent Oval Office meeting with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak as night falls on offices and the entrance of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017.

The guardrails can’t contain Trump, and chaos reigns

The country is now caught in the internal maelstrom that is the mind of Donald Trump.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony in New London, Connecticut U.S., May 17 2017.

The 25th Amendment is no way to boot Trump

Sorry, Congress: If you believe Trump needs to go, you’re going to have to do it yourselves. At least if the goal is to protect democracy in the United States.
Eastern Maine Medical Center staff walk down a hallway in the hospital in Bangor.

Cooperation is essential to addressing health care challenges in Maine

Health care is in a transformative time. Access to high-quality and affordable care is critical to the individuals and communities of our state.

The EPA asked which rules should be repealed. Here’s what Americans said.

But, a curious thing happened when the EPA asked the public which of the agency’s rules should be eliminated or modified. The resounding answer from thousands of Americans was “none.”
Salena Sawtelle pushes Ora Bartlet to the dining hall before breakfast at the Stillwater Health Care facility in Bangor recently.

Maine GOP can’t keep ignoring the wage crisis among workers caring for the sick, dying

Whether or not employers will be able to attract enough workers to fill these jobs depends on how much the state, through MaineCare, provides employers for wages.
An illustration file picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013.

WannaCry attack a wakeup call to the danger of cyberaggression

Current frameworks for humanitarian and conflict laws in cyberspace are near nonexistent.

Danby Ink

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