Maine’s welfare policies have taken a turn, with dire consequences for kids

Sandy Butler, University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on March 8, 2016. Changes in public policy motivated by politics, not facts, have been disastrous for Maine children. Since Congress passed “welfare reform” 20 years ago, it has become increasingly clear that many of these […]

When inequality is too great, is it time to consider socialism?

Michael Howard, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 2, 2016. A Bloomberg poll reported in January that 43 percent of Democratic caucus goers in Iowa considered themselves socialists. That’s Iowa, not Burlington or Berkeley. I doubt that most of them favor collective ownership of the means of production, a […]

How Collins, King, Pingree, Poliquin scored on climate change in 2015

Sharon Tisher, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 22, 2015 This year, 2015, was a pivotal year in the annals of the effort to combat climate change. The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute published an updated assessment of climate change’s impacts on Maine’s weather, ecosystems and resource-based economy. […]

Leadership should guide American response to refugee crisis

Robert W. Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on December 8, 2015. Over the past several months, Americans have watched Europe face refugee flows unprecedented in recorded history. Last month in Paris, horrifying attacks by individuals linked with the terrorist network ISIS heightened anxieties about security. Last week’s grisly husband-and-wife […]

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 […]