The offices at 1 Merchants Plaza, home of the Bangor Daily News, is pictured April 6, 2020. Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN

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I used to think that Dr. Nirav Shah, former director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was a Maine state treasure. But Shah has left us for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now I think Susan Young, the Bangor Daily News’ opinion editor, is a Maine treasure. Her Saturday columns, such as the recent one on book bans, are models of smart thinking, powerful, concise prose and crystal clear argument. I look forward to what Young has to say every Saturday morning.

John Contreni