Home care referendum a necessity for Maine

This article, by Sandra Butler of the University of Maine and Luisa S. Deprez of the University of Southern Maine, was originally published in the Bangor Daily News Opinion Section on October 9, 2018. Maine is the oldest state in the country: 267,181 people — 20 percent of the population — is over age 65. Over the next […]

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 […]

Why we must re-engage, even when we disagree

This article by Michael Rocque of Bates College and Chad Posick of Georgia Southern University was originally posted in the Bangor Daily News on July 17, 2018. Last month, after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant, Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, called upon Americans to “push back” against […]

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 […]

Hunger weakens our society. House Farm Bill would make it worse.

Luisa Deprez, University of Southern Maine, and Lisa Dodson, Brandeis University. Originally posted in the Bangor Daily News June 5, 2018. Maine has the third highest rate of people in the nation who routinely don’t get enough to eat. It is a ranking that tells us that tens of thousands of low-income Mainers suffer from […]

Separating fact from fiction in late-life depression

Olivia Bogucki, University of Maine. Originally posted in the Bangor Daily News May 22, 2018. Late-life depression is an important public health concern in Maine. Over 15 percent of senior citizens in Maine have depression. Unfortunately, myths and misconceptions about late-life depression make it more challenging for older adults struggling with this debilitating disorder to […]