What Mainers really think of ranked-choice voting

This article, by Carrie LeVan of Colby College, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on March 12, 2019. By Carrie LeVan, Special to the BDN • March 12, 2019 7:19 am Ranked-choice voting in Maine has not been without controversy. As there are currently nine bills with titles that propose an amendment to the state Constitution to allow […]

The consequences of a shredded social safety net

This article, by Ryan LaRochelle of the University of Maine, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on February 12, 2019. By Ryan LaRochelle, Special to the BDN • February 12, 2019 8:57 am Updated: February 12, 2019 8:57 am The recent 35-day government shutdown was the longest in U.S. history. Stories poured in about federal workers who were […]

Now is the time to act on climate change

This article, by Linda Beck of the University of Maine Farmington, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News on January 29, 2019. By Linda Beck, Special to the BDN • January 29, 2019 6:00 am Updated: January 29, 2019 8:00 am On Jan. 19, Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition rolled out its legislative priorities for the 2019 session, including nine […]

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. […]

Proposed campus sexual misconduct rules fail victims

This article, by Liz Theriault of the University of Maine, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on January 1, 2019 6:30 am. In less than 30 days, the public comment period for the new Title IX sexual misconduct guidelines proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will close. Formally announced in November, these guidelines narrow the […]

We have two years to avoid climate disaster. A carbon fee and dividend will help.

This article, by Michael Howard of the University of Maine, was originally posted on the Bangor Daily News opinion page on December 18, 2018. By Michael Howard, Special to the BDN According to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres the world has only two years to change course and avoid catastrophic climate change. His warning is in […]

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 […]

Maine’s made progress on domestic violence, but the job isn’t done

This article, by Jenny Wriggins of the University of Maine School of Law, was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on November 6, 2018. By Jennifer Wriggins, Special to the BDN • November 6, 2018 6:00 am If you go to almost any state court in the U.S. on any given day, you’ll likely see judges […]