Young Women Voters Need More Than The Right To Choose

Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Luisa S. Deprez, University of Southern Maine, and Avi Green, Scholars Strategy Network Originally published in the Talking Points Memo on November 11, 2014. On Election Day, the pro-choice Democratic women’s fundraising group Emily’s List went on twitter, proclaiming #womendecide. But women did not decide 2014. While women comprise […]

This year, Bangor’s economy, schools and wages are on the ballot

Amy Fried, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News Pollways Blog on October 28, 2014.   We built it. Bangor’s great schools and fantastic library, excellent health care facilities, outdoor music, new civic center and vibrant downtown didn’t just happen by accident. Many people put work into creating what we have and […]

Need to Avoid Overreaction In Responding to Ebola

Linda Beck and Cathleen McAnneny, University of Maine Farmington Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 25, 2014. After many months of complacency, it is reassuring to see the international community and U.S. government finally responding to the worst outbreak of Ebola in recorded history. For months, the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders urgently requested international assistance […]

‘A lot of fears’: A Richmond woman’s health problems and 3 months without coverage

Sandy Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 24, 2014. Sheila Scott has lived in fear of kidney failure for 20 years. Then, for the past three months, she lived with the fear that goes along with not having health insurance. She’s […]

The compassion divide and why it should worry all of us — not just the poor

Sandy Butler, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 14, 2014. Are wealthier people less compassionate? That’s what the research of Jennifer Stellar and her colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley shows. In a series of studies the researchers published in 2012, lower-class individuals consistently demonstrated that they were more attuned to the […]

For couple who escaped from Angola, General Assistance ‘gives us a chance’

Sandy Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 26, 2014. Editor’s note: In this monthly series, the authors introduce you to people who are apt to be your neighbors, are struggling to make ends meet and have been affected by specific state […]

A long-term payoff for a Medicaid expansion in Maine: Significantly better health

Joe Feinglass, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 16, 2014. Gov. Paul LePage’s vetoes of the Affordable Care Act’s federal subsidies for Medicaid expansion have already cost Maine thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars. Yet partisan critics of Obamacare continue to argue that expanded Medicaid […]

‘Social Security is not the way to live’: Maine couple talks growing older, living with disability

Sandra Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa S. Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on August 29, 2014. Editor’s note: In this monthly series, the authors will introduce you to people who are apt to be your neighbors, are struggling to make ends meet and have been affected by […]