Expanded financial literacy will boost policies aimed at helping working Maine families

This article, by Robyn Young of Dartmouth College, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on October 22, 2019. By Robyn Young, Opinion guest column • October 22, 2019 12:09 pm As fall blows in, many Maine families look toward the end of the year, anticipating the filing of their taxes. For many low-income earners, this […]

Student activism is imperative for societal and political change

This article, by Liz Theriault of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on October 8, 2019. By Liz Theriault, Opinion guest column • October 8, 2019 9:37 am On Sept. 20, more than 4 million people around the world took to the streets of their hometowns, sat on government […]

Ranked-choice voting is a partisan affair in Maine

This article, by Josepth Anthony of Oklahoma State University, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on September 24, 2019. By Joseph Anthony, Opinion guest column • September 24, 2019 9:52 am Researchers and election officials around the country are watching Maine as it implements ranked-choice voting (RCV) as an electoral reform. Ranked-choice voting is […]

Finding new ways to talk about vaccination may be our best protection

This article, by Katherine Weatherford Darling of the University of Maine and Anny Fenton of Harvard University, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on September 10, 2019. By Katherine Weatherford Darling and Anny Fenton, Opinion guest column • September 10, 2019 1:37 pm As parents of infants, the fear of vaccine preventable diseases […]

Mass confusion around mass shootings

This article, by Michael Rocque of Bates College, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on August 27, 2019. By Michael Rocque and James Alan Fox, Opinion guest column • August 27, 2019 6:49 am Updated: August 27, 2019 7:24 am The first weekend of August bore witness to what is seemingly more commonplace in […]

Look to Portugal to address the opioid crisis

This article, by Robert W. Glover of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on August 13, 2019. By Robert W. Glover, Opinion guest column • August 13, 2019 6:36 am Updated: August 13, 2019 7:28 am In the 1990s, Portugal faced a staggering opioid crisis. Roughly 1 in 10 individuals was using heroin; 1 […]

Maine has more work to do to help families in crisis

This article, by Deirdre M. Smith of the University of Maine School of Law, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on July 30, 2019. By Deirdre M. Smith, Opinion guest column • July 30, 2019 8:00 am The Maine Legislature has increasingly recognized the important role that extended family members can play in […]

We should work to meet the needs of all Mainers

This article, by Nicole Coffey Kellett of the University of Maine Farmington, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on July 16, 2019. By Nicole Coffey Kellett, Opinion guest column • July 16, 2019 7:09 am “‘It was completely unexpected!’: 96 asylum seekers arrive in 3 days,” a recent headline blared, and Portland City […]

Persistent policy barriers a hindrance in tackling the opioid crisis

This article, by Louisa Munk of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on July 2, 2019. By Louisa Munk, Opinion guest column. • July 2, 2019 7:48 am Updated: July 2, 2019 11:49 am Public health professionals struggle to bridge the divide between research and the implementation of evidence-based […]

Maine leads on reproductive freedom

This article, by Amy Blackstone of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on June 18, 2019. By Amy Blackstone, Opinion guest column • June 18, 2019 10:02 am When it comes to women’s reproductive autonomy, it seems that everywhere we look these days, states are in a race to […]