General Assistance is vital, but it’s not the whole story for asylum seekers in Maine

Grace Kiffney and Robert Glover, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 21 2016. This year, the U.S. immigration court backlog soared to 474,322 cases. In Maine, this backlog means our comparatively small number of asylum seekers — about 1,000 — may wait up to five years for their asylum […]

Community gardens reap good for us all — and not just vegetables

Sarah Mullis, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on June 7, 2016. As Maine’s population ages, understanding and addressing the needs of older adults becomes increasingly imperative. Seniors face a number of challenges, including obtaining enough food to be considered food secure. In 2013, 5.4 million seniors in America over the […]

How a welfare fraud crowd pleaser actually inflicts real damage

Sandy Butler and Holly Schreiber, University of Maine Originally published in the Bangor Daily News on May 24, 2016. In the U.S., we have a history of closely examining and judging the behaviors of low-income individuals and families. While all of us benefit from government-funded programs — whether by visiting libraries, driving on highways, attending […]

Why this year’s older candidates may be less stressed, more optimistic presidents

Lenard W. Kaye, University of Maine. Originally  published in the Bangor Daily News on April 26, 2016. Amid the hotly debated issues of this unusually entertaining presidential primary season, a significant characteristic of the candidate pool has largely been lost in the shuffle. I am referring to the advancing age of many of the presidential […]