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  • Biden seems to be summoning his inner Harry Truman and bringing back the third player. In assuring a stable and happy middle class, the market has a job to do, but so does government.
  • These loans extract wealth and cause lasting damage to household financial security and on communities.
  • Since 1961, we've had 32 years of Republican presidents and 28 with Democratic presidents, but those Republicans have appointed 15 justices and the Democrats just eight. If Breyer is followed by a justice in Barrett's mold, the Supreme Court's ideological balance would be further skewed.
  • The barbarians are not at the gate; they’re in the living room with their feet up on the furniture. The Republican Party is an unsalvageable mess, manifestly unfit to govern and a clear and present danger to this country. So our only hope is to hold it at bay until a new — sane — center-right party can be erected in its place.
  • Rumford’s Albert Beliveau Sr. became the first Franco American named to the Maine Supreme Court and one of the first Catholics to occupy the position.
  • In her years in the Senate she has worked tirelessly to produce benefits in the lives and livelihoods of Mainers, but she has never shown courage in the defense of America’s ideals. Now is her chance.
  • If Facebook just wanted to say that Trump is often noxious and dishonest in his social media postings, that'd be understandable. But this would put it in the inherently subjective and highly contentious business of deciding which politicians are worthy and truthful, and which are not.
  • The CIA has had problems in its past, but none as serious as this. If they continue to succumb to wokeness, the "I" in its acronym will stand for insanity.
  • It is well past time for us to move past the death measure of Maine’s regressive policies and instead choose the critical and life-affirming practices of harm reduction. Harm reduction is a collection of evidence-based techniques rooted in a fundamental belief that every life is sacred and worthy of care. It is a decision to reframe the epidemic of substance-related deaths away from criminalization and toward public health.
  • We can eat as much beef as we want and help the environment at the same time. It's all about how we raise the beef.
  • May 7
    Scott is a natural speaker in contrast to Biden's often forced and condescending rhetoric. Scott believes in putting people, not government first. While he dazzled many in his address to the virtual Republican National Convention last summer, his response to the president's speech has likely vaulted him to the top tier of national leadership. The African American community should especially take notice and follow his lead.
  • Single-sex shelters exist because of women’s need for refuge from men in a male-dominated society in which male violence against women is endemic. Women are raped, beaten, sexually harassed, bought and sold in prostitution, tortured, and all too often murdered by males. Because of the violence that is so routine in so many women’s lives, women have legitimate cause to fear all males, any males.
  • LD 1550, sponsored by Rep. Michele Meyer of Eliot, will finally end the sale of flavored tobacco products in Maine. It takes a giant step toward eliminating health disparities among Black and brown, indigenous, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities. Getting flavored tobacco off the store shelves will give all Maine kids a fair shot at a healthy, productive future, free from tobacco addiction.
  • Evidence mounts that masks — plus hand-washing, plus social distancing — have slashed the flu death toll. In the 2019-2020 flu season, the U.S. saw 24,000 to 62,000 deaths from influenza. By contrast, the number of flu deaths this time was 500 as of April 1, and the season will be over at the end of the month. Thus, there may be a case for continuing to wear face masks in densely packed crowds, say, in airports or on public transportation.
  • I and many other Mainers have relatives and friends in countries around the world, and we can’t disconnect from those people. But when it comes to this pandemic, we’re all connected — and not just by our common humanity. None of us are safe until we’ve reached a worldwide critical mass of vaccination.

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