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Education. Jobs. Health. Poverty. Crime. Immigration. Environment. Campaigns. Rights. What does research show? Avoiding jargon, Maine’s Scholars Strategy Network explores pressing issues and democratic life.

Why women are still marching in 2020

This article, by Kimberly Simmons of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on January 14, 2020. By Kimberly Simmons, Opinion guest column • January 14, 2020 5:30 am On Jan. 18, thousands will take to the streets for the fourth annual Women’s March, a moment within a larger movement to expand […]

100 years later, voting and women’s rights still need protection

This article, by Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby of the League of Women Voters of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on December 31, 2019. By Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby, Opinion guest column December 31, 2019 9:00 am Happy New Year! It’s a big one. The year 2020 brings a presidential election, […]

Holidays bring gifts and good cheer — and a lot of trash

This article, by Linda Silka of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on December 17, 2019. By Linda Silka, Opinion guest column • December 17, 2019 1:54 pm This time of year we see future trash everywhere. This might seem an odd way to refer to wonderful presents and […]

Childhood trauma can slow academic development. Here’s one way to fix it.

This article, by Andrea Mercado of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on December 3, 2019. By Andrea Mercado, Opinion guest column • December 3, 2019 10:43 am In the last couple of decades, Maine’s schools have felt effects of childhood trauma brought on by the effects of rural […]

We must improve child protective services for incarcerated women

This article, by Courtney Allen of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on November 19, 2019. By Courtney Allen, Opinion guest column • November 19, 2019 6:00 am Brittney is a woman in long-term recovery from substance use disorder. She has a good job, a beautiful home and an […]

Share your trash, build your community

This article, by Brieanne Berry of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on November 5, 2019. By Brieanne Berry, Opinion guest column • November 5, 2019 8:00 am Nov. 15 marks the 22nd annual America Recycles Day, a day focused on educating and motivating Americans to recycle more effectively. Yet […]

Student activism is imperative for societal and political change

This article, by Liz Theriault of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on October 8, 2019. By Liz Theriault, Opinion guest column • October 8, 2019 9:37 am On Sept. 20, more than 4 million people around the world took to the streets of their hometowns, sat on government […]

Ranked-choice voting is a partisan affair in Maine

This article, by Josepth Anthony of Oklahoma State University, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on September 24, 2019. By Joseph Anthony, Opinion guest column • September 24, 2019 9:52 am Researchers and election officials around the country are watching Maine as it implements ranked-choice voting (RCV) as an electoral reform. Ranked-choice voting is […]

Finding new ways to talk about vaccination may be our best protection

This article, by Katherine Weatherford Darling of the University of Maine and Anny Fenton of Harvard University, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on September 10, 2019. By Katherine Weatherford Darling and Anny Fenton, Opinion guest column • September 10, 2019 1:37 pm As parents of infants, the fear of vaccine preventable diseases […]

Mass confusion around mass shootings

This article, by Michael Rocque of Bates College, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on August 27, 2019. By Michael Rocque and James Alan Fox, Opinion guest column • August 27, 2019 6:49 am Updated: August 27, 2019 7:24 am The first weekend of August bore witness to what is seemingly more commonplace in […]