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It took activism and resistance for women to win the right to vote

Kimberly Simmons, University of Southern Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News August 16, 2017. In August of 1917 members of the National Women’s Party were arrested for picketing in front of the White House. In a coordinated act of civil disobedience, new picketers replaced those hauled to prison, providing unrelenting pressure on President Woodrow […]

Trump says the Paris agreement is unfair to the US. The US pledges didn’t go far enough.

Michael Howard, University of Maine. Originally published in Bangor Daily News July 19, 2017. According to President Donald Trump, the 2016 Paris climate agreement favors China and India and unfairly disadvantages the United States. Notably, he objects to a reduction of coal use in the United States, while China and India continue to use and […]

The Senate health bill risks Mainers’ lives. But it’s a tragedy we can prevent.

Jennifer Wriggins, University of Maine School of Law. Originally published in Bangor Daily News July 12, 2017. It will be devastating for the country, and for Maine in particular, if the Senate passes its health care bill. Fourteen million Americans will lose their health insurance coverage by next year under the bill, and 22 million […]

No country for dictators: Why Trump will have to govern, not rule by threats and tweets

Jeffrey Selinger, Bowdoin College. Originally published in Bangor Daily News June 20, 2017. President Donald Trump has said some crazy things — things that a strongman from a dictatorship in the developing world might say, but not a U.S. president. Among other things, he’s denigrated federal judges, challenged the independence of our intelligence agencies and […]

Lessons from France: Universal care works and is not politically divisive

Sandra Butler, University of Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News May 23, 2017. Earlier this month, France elected a new president, Emmanuel Macron. The French presidential campaign and its results may not have captured public attention in the US to the extent that the US presidential election both fascinated and horrified the rest of […]