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A harm reduction strategy for guns makes the most sense

Steven E. Barkan, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 27, 2015. The mass shootings at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College earlier this month reignited the debate over guns and gun violence in the United States. Much social science evidence suggests that America’s widespread firearm ownership increases, rather than decreases, its deaths […]

‘Complete streets’ make Maine communities more walkable, bikeable, livable

Susan Buzzell with Sandy Butler, University of Maine. Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on October 13, 2015. With over 92,000 riders logging nearly 38 million miles from May 1 to Sept. 30, the People for Bikes’ 2015 National Bike Challenge surpassed its goals of registering 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles. The Bicycle […]

Americans hate big money in politics, Mainers have an opportunity to do something about it

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine In a recent poll, 84% of Americans said that money has too much influence on politics. An equally striking 85% said that our system of financing campaigns needs fundamental changes or to be completely rebuilt. And these views are shared relatively equally across political party, gender, and income level. […]

Taking democracy back: The case for Question 1, campaign finance reform

David Schultz, Hamline University Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 29, 2015. The two easiest political predictions to make are that the coming U.S. presidential race will be the most expensive in history and that money will dominate the 2016 elections, both across the country and in Maine. The Republican presidential candidates […]

GOP presidential candidates dig their own electoral graves on immigration

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine. Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 15, 2015. Hardly a day passes in this presidential campaign without a Republican candidate weighing in on how to “fix” immigration in the U.S. There was Donald Trump’s call to build an impregnable wall on our southern border. Then Scott Walker […]

We can’t abandon future generations of Maine teachers

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on September 1, 2015. Teachers matter. Tremendously. As adults, we remember our favorite teachers and joke about the worst ones. As parents, we listen to which teachers are challenging, engaging and fair. Our children often spend more time actively engaged with their […]

College affordability a key part of addressing Maine’s “demographic winter”

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine At college campuses across Maine and the nation, students are heading back to school. This is an electrifying time to be at a college or university, as the returning students bring excitement, enthusiasm, intellectual curiosity, and energy. But for many students, that excitement is coupled with anxiety about costs […]