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    May 18, 2019

    Froma Harrop: Engineered babies take us to the Twilight Zone

    Like the comedian in the first episode of the new “Twilight Zone,” Dr. He Jiankui seemed desperate to be famous. And like that comedian, he is confronted with the question “At what cost?” The comedian’s stakes were his soul. The stake in Dr. He’s actions is the future of the human race. Dr. He (pronounced […]

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    May 18, 2019

    Robert Samuelson: Trump takes wrong approach to trade war with China

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is going about its trade war with China all wrong. Its strategy and tactics are muddled. If Trump were a general watching the battle unfold, what he’d see is his troops getting slaughtered, while the enemy, though suffering casualties, was holding most of its positions. Trump has two goals, says […]

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    May 18, 2019

    Rich Lowry: Liberals get hysterical over Georgia abortion bill

    Lysistrata, the character from the Aristophanes play of the same name, declared a sex strike to try to stop a devastating war in ancient Greece. Alyssa Milano, the actress and political activist, declared a sex strike to try to stop Georgia from protecting unborn children in the womb. The state just passed and signed into […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Workforce Training Partners offering course

    MECHANIC FALLS — Workforce Training Partners is offering a seven-week, full-time customer service skills course beginning Monday, June 24, at the Regional School Unit 16 Adult Education office, 129 Elm St. The sessions will include two days of classroom training and three days of on-the-job training at a work experience site. A variety of topics […]

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    May 17, 2019

    FMH receives B grade from Leapfrog Safety

    FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital announces it received a B rank for the spring Leapfrog Safety Grade survey. Leapfrog is a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety in hospitals. Franklin Memorial Hospital also received a B in the fall Leapfrog Safety Grade survey, due to the heightened criteria for Computer […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Marc Thiessen: U.S. will win trade war with China

    WASHINGTON — Before President Trump announced that he was imposing 25% tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods, he got encouragement from an unlikely source: Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The Senate Democratic leader, who has little good to say about Trump most days, tweeted, “Hang tough on China, @realDonaldTrump. Don’t back […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Eric Samson: Invest in quality preschooling

    A recent article about statewide pre-kindergarten expansion is great news for parents who want to ensure their kids develop the social-emotional, pre-literacy and pre-math skills they will need for long-term academic success. It is also great news to see so many law enforcement leaders who have been strong advocates for increasing investments in early childhood […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Leonard Pitts: Nation in need of people of conscience

    Mike Pence was right. At least, inadvertently, he was. In a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college in Virginia, the vice president warned graduates that they should expect to be “shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible.” “As you go about your daily life,” he said, “just be […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Audrey Murphy: Vote ‘no’ on LD 816

    Passage of LD 816 would make Maine a popular vote state. It is a horrible idea. I am a non-preference voter or, as some say, an independent. I am not beholden to any party. I vote the person, not the party. I strongly believe every vote counts and have voted in every election for more […]

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    May 17, 2019

    Austin Bay: Congo’s global epidemic war

    The Democratic Republic of Congo’s daily hell of poverty, assorted wars, ethnic antagonism, frail government institutions, porous borders, cultural superstitions, meddling neighbors and corrupt elites provide a one-stop-shop example of the wicked conditions afflicting the globe’s less-developed regions, sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Unfortunately for all homo sapiens living within 200 kilometers or so of a […]

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