Tag Archives: Maine

Maine lawmakers must again consider student debt relief

This article, by Laura Cyr of Kennebec Valley Council of Governments and the University of Southern Maine, was originally published on January 15, 2018 in the Bangor Daily News. By Laura Cyr, Special to the BDN • January 15, 2019 11:23 am Maine’s legislative committees will begin meetings with more than 2,000 bills to review. […]

As we celebrate the bounty of Thanksgiving, hunger among seniors is on the rise

This article, by Mary Gatta an associate professor of sociology at CUNY-Gattman and SSN New Jersey chapter member, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 19, 2018. By Mary Gatta, Special to the BDN • November 19, 2018 11:04 am As we approach Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season, some people often joke that […]

Improve the economy through improved education

This article, by Flynn Ross of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on November 20, 2018. By Flynn Ross, Special to the BDN November 20, 2018 7:21 am If poor students in Maine were able to achieve the same academic success as their economically secure peers, the state’s […]

A century of ranked-choice voting in Australia offers lessons for Maine

This article, by Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Western Australia, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News Opinion Section on August 28, 2018. **Dr. Ben Reilly will be giving a public lecture at the Bangor Public Library on September 4 at 5:30PM. Please join us for a reception with refreshments before the […]

‘From away’ should be celebrated, not scorned

This article by Jordan LaBouff of the University of Maine was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2018. Seven years ago, I moved from Texas to Maine to build a career and life in Bangor. Although I knew very little of the state when I accepted the job at the University […]

This Fourth of July, we look to Sen. Collins on court nominee

This article by Robert Glover of the University of Maine was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on July 3, 2018. On Independence Day, we celebrate the shared American experiences and reflect upon the noble ideals of individual freedom to which we aspire. Yet, this Fourth of July finds these values in peril. In […]

Lack of government transparency hinders work to improve Maine

Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in the Bangor Daily News June 19, 2018 and updated on June 20, 2018.  Government by the people, for the people is characterized by transparency, accountability, participation and inclusion. In Maine, we have a strong legacy of town halls, relatively high voter participation rates and publicly accessible […]