Nature, nurture or something in between? Criminal behavior and a disciplinary tug-of-war

Michael Rocque, Bates College Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 16, 2016 Fifty years ago this month, 25-year-old Charles Whitman, after killing his wife and mother, climbed the University of Texas, Austin, bell tower and began to pick off passers-by one by one with the arsenal of guns he brought along. In […]

Trump and Trumpism could win in November, unless the rest of us set aside our differences

Theda Skopol, Harvard University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 2, 2016 From the lips of an authoritarian, blustery contender for the highest executive office in the land come a steady stream of threats, insults and big lies. At huge rallies, he eggs on violence and stokes popular hatred and divisions. He […]

Why we should root for a manufacturing resurgence: Nations that build things build wealth

Christy Roix Daggett Originally published in Bangor Daily News on July 5, 2016 One bright spot in this unending campaign season is that American manufacturing has been brought to the front and center of the political debate. This only means that politicians are catching up to the concerns of their constituents; protecting American manufacturing jobs […]

General Assistance is vital, but it’s not the whole story for asylum seekers in Maine

Grace Kiffney and Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 21 2016. This year, the U.S. immigration court backlog soared to 474,322 cases. In Maine, this backlog means our comparatively small number of asylum seekers — about 1,000 — may wait up to five years for their asylum […]

Community gardens reap good for us all — and not just vegetables

Sarah Mullis, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 7, 2016. As Maine’s population ages, understanding and addressing the needs of older adults becomes increasingly imperative. Seniors face a number of challenges, including obtaining enough food to be considered food secure. In 2013, 5.4 million seniors in America over the […]

How a welfare fraud crowd pleaser actually inflicts real damage

Sandy Butler and Holly Schreiber, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 24, 2016. In the U.S., we have a history of closely examining and judging the behaviors of low-income individuals and families. While all of us benefit from government-funded programs — whether by visiting libraries, driving on highways, attending […]