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It’s time for a serious transportation policy for Maine’s older, disabled adults

Lenard Kaye, University of Maine, and David Wihry, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 9, 2014. If you called any of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging that serve older adults and ask them what needs their clients face that are particularly difficult to fulfill, one word will come […]

Same bills, one-third of the income: A Maine husband’s death and the loss of 3 income sources

Sandy Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 28, 2014. Lisa and James met working on the railroad. After retiring more than a decade ago, they lived comfortably in a big house in small-town Maine thanks to the pension benefits their railroad […]

Time is running short: We can build political will for a climate-protecting carbon fee

Michael Howard, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 25, 2014. The U.S.-China deal on carbon emissions reached earlier this month is good news, even though the emission reductions are not nearly enough to preserve a stable climate. The deal calls for the U.S. to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by […]

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 […]