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Ben Bragdon is deputy managing editor for local news, overseeing enterprise reporting projects for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Ben was previously editorial page editor for those newspapers and Central Maine Sunday for more than 10 years. Before that, he was managing editor for weekly newspapers at Current Publishing in Westbrook. He began his career as a reporter at the Piscataquis Observer in Dover-Foxcroft and editor at the Moosehead Messenger in Greenville. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Boston University.

  • Published
    March 26, 2024

    Tom Waddell: Legislature should send abortion rights question to voters

    If your member of the Legislature votes against letting the people of Maine decide through a referendum, they are saying they don’t want to hear the voice of their constituents, Tom Waddell writes.

  • Published
    March 25, 2024
    New Abortion Clinic

    Commentary: Biden’s $12 billion for women’s health should be just a start

    Last week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that will create a $12 billion fund to improve our understanding of — and ideally treatments for — women’s health. It’s a welcome, if egregiously belated investment by the US government. And although it sounds like a big amount, there’s a lot of catching up to […]

  • Published
    March 19, 2024
    Maine-Homeless Encampment

    Maine Compass: In Augusta and beyond, how we treat unhoused people says a lot about us

    Cruelty as a deterrent certainly works but is that truly how we want to act?, Scott Klinger writes.

  • Published
    March 17, 2024

    Maine Compass: Firefighters work hard to keep us safe

    Working out alongside first responders has revealed how they stay in shape in order to save lives, 12-year-old Jacoby Bragdon of Winslow writes.

  • Published
    March 16, 2024

    Community Compass: Augusta must step up to address homelessness

    Opponents and proponents of the failed shelter plan should come together for the sake of vulnerable member of the community, Wick Johnson writes.

  • Published
    March 16, 2024

    Commentary: Can St. Patrick and green beer save American democracy?

    Let’s make a few things crystal clear right up front. First and foremost, green beer has always been a bad choice and is without any saving grace. I also doubt that even St. Patrick in his prime could drive all the political snakes out of today’s Washington. The history of St. Patrick’s Day itself is […]

  • Published
    March 12, 2024
    Election 2024

    Commentary: Biden says America is ‘coming back.’ Trump says we’re ‘in hell.’ Are they talking about the same nation?

    To one presidential candidate, the United States is “a failing nation” that’s “descending into a cesspool of ruin.” “In many ways, we’re living in hell right now.” To the other candidate, “America is coming back. … Our future is brighter.” “The American people are writing the greatest comeback story never told.” You already know which […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2024

    Commentary: The War on Poverty wasn’t enough

    Sixty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared “an unconditional war on poverty.” Using policies and programs as weapons, Johnson focused heavily on health coverage and “human capital.” His Great Society agenda also included key political reforms like the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act and the 1965 Voting […]

  • Published
    March 6, 2024
    Election 2024 Trump

    Noah Feldman: Supreme Court buries the fantasy of keeping Trump off the ballot

    The Supreme Court has unanimously concluded that Colorado can’t keep Donald Trump off the ballot. Section 3 of the 14th amendment, which says that a former officeholder who becomes an insurrectionist can’t hold federal office, won’t save us from a potential second Trump presidency. The court correctly rejected what I would call the National Treasure […]

  • Published
    March 4, 2024

    Commentary: Assisted suicide is not health care

    I have practiced medicine in the U.S. as a pediatrician and in a developing country as a family physician, caring for patients from birth to old age. As a patient, I have experienced excruciating pain. I’ve survived cancer, undergone major surgery and brought these experiences to bear in my role as physician and healer. And […]