4 reasons to doubt the ‘Ferguson effect’ and claims of a national crime wave

Michael Rocque, Bates College; Chad Posick, Georgia Southern University; and Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 10, 2015. In the late 1960s through the 1980s, political conservatives used terms like “law and order,” “silent majority,” and “states’ rights” as code words for racial control. The civil […]

The surprising link between home care for the elderly, pulling people out of poverty

Sandy Butler, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 9, 2015. In May, I attended two hearings before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee to testify on two seemingly unrelated bills: LD 1350, Resolve to Increase the Reimbursement for Direct-care Workers Serving Adults with Long-term Care Needs, and LD […]

Work, internship experience, downtown exposure pay dividends for greater Bangor

Cameron Huston, Sarah Nicols, Spencer Warmuth and Gareth Warr, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 12, 2015. This past weekend, an estimated 1,687 students walked across the stage to receive degrees from the University of Maine, the four of us included. After the initial euphoria wears off, where will […]

Investments a better way to economic development than tax cuts

Victoria Mayer, Colby College Originally Published in the Bangor Daily News on March 15, 2014. Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to cut personal and corporate income taxes and eliminate estate taxes as a way to attract corporate investors and stimulate economic development is a short-sighted gamble that would deprive government of the revenues and administrative capacities […]