What everyone with student loans needs to know about COVID and the CARES Act

This article, by Laura Cyr, executive director of the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on June 2, 2020. By Laura Cyr, Opinion guest column • June 2, 2020 6:00 am Updated: June 2, 2020 6:45 am In this season of virtual graduations, disappointing teleconference congratulations, and looming financial pressures, […]

COVID-19 shows mass incarceration is a disaster for Maine’s most vulnerable

This article, by Erica King of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on May 19, 2020. By Erica King, Opinion guest column • May 19, 2020 10:04 am From screen time to food scarcity and health care access, parents and families are dealing with all sorts of hardships […]

Refugee and asylum seekers in Maine are future volunteers

This article, by Mitch Mason of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on May 5, 2020. By Mitch Mason, Opinion guest column • May 5, 2020 6:00 am Marwo had just finished wiping down the counters and putting out dessert at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland on a snowy February […]

Older adults are facing dual public health emergencies

This article, by Lenard Kaye of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on April 21, 2020. By Lenard W. Kaye, Opinion guest column • April 21, 2020 6:00 am By now we all know that adults 60 years and older are at heightened risk of serious, if not fatal, health […]

Maine’s post COVID-19 economic recovery depends on a fair and accurate census

This article, by Robert W. Glover and Kevin Fitzpatrick of the University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on April 7, 2020. By Robert W. Glover and Kevin Fitzpatrick, Opinion guest column • April 7, 2020 6:00 am • Updated: April 7, 2020 9:15 am Last week’s unprecedented COVID-19-driven unemployment numbers made painfully clear what we already […]

Spanish flu and Typhoid Mary show that social distancing saves lives

This article, by Priya Shukla of the University of California Davis, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on March 24, 2020. By Priya Shukla, Opinion guest column • March 24, 2020 1:00 am As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, 107 Maine residents have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus, according to the state. Click here for […]

Want to win an election? Think more like an activist.

This article, by Amber Tierney of The University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on March 10, 2020. By Amber Tierney, Opinion guest column • March 10, 2020 6:00 am The race to seize the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has given the people what they want: off-script, entertaining political theater, complete […]

Maine making incremental progress on long-term care

This article, by Sandra Butler of The University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on February 25, 2020. By Sandra Butler, Opinion guest column • February 25, 2020 8:07 am Updated: February 25, 2020 8:09 am In this era of deep partisan divides, policy change can be difficult. This is all too […]

How drug decriminalization can help solve Maine’s opioid epidemic

This article, by Hilary Thibodeau of The University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on February 11, 2020. By Hilary Thibodeau, Opinion guest column • February 11, 2020 6:00 am Maine is in the throes of a pervasive public health crisis. Bolder systemic change is needed in Augusta to ensure justice and […]

Why we need to change our assumptions about incarceration

This article, by Jordan LaBouff and Aaron Dustin of The University of Maine, was originally published on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on January 21, 2020. By Jordan LaBouff & Aaron Dustin, Opinion guest column January 21, 2020 7:00am • Updated: January 21, 2020 8:20 am After someone has served a sentence in a jail or prison, […]