Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

AP Reports on Offshore Wind Turbine’s Performance

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Boston.com, Seacoast Online, Winnipeg Free Press and WLBZ (Channel 2) carried an Associated Press report on the performance of an offshore wind turbine prototype that was deployed last summer off Castine. Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, said the 65-foot-tall turbine has performed as engineers expected even as the waves exceeded the platform’s design limits in November and December. The Free Press also reported the town of Bristol has appointed a Wind Power Advisory Committee that has created a website to inform residents on the offshore wind project proposed off Monhegan Island by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes UMaine and partner companies.

Times Higher Education Publishes Segal Column

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Times Higher Education (London) published a weekly “From Where I Sit” column by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. The article, titled “Demonisation and hatred,” focuses on the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel.

Media Report on UMaine’s Plan to Deliver Wind Turbine Performance Update

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Boston.com, WLBZ (Channel 2), WGME (Channel 13), San Antonio Express-News and News OK carried an Associated Press report about the University of Maine’s plans to deliver an update on the performance of its offshore wind turbine prototype that was deployed last summer off Castine. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is scheduled to speak Jan. 16 about the 65-foot-tall turbine at the University of Southern Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Jan. 15 to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes UMaine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. The Bangor Daily News also published an editorial on the project titled “Maine’s offshore wind project is worth the risk.”

Press Herald Editorial Mentions Proposed UMaine Offshore Wind Project

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The Portland Press Herald editorial “Our View: Offshore wind the right investment for Maine,” focuses on the proposed offshore wind pilot project being put forward by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for Maine Aqua Ventus to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.

BDN Publishes Op-Ed on State Funding Cuts from Maine Policy Review

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “How did Maine towns, cities respond to state funding cuts? With reduced spending, higher taxes, more debt,” by Emily Shaw, an assistant professor of political science at Thomas College in Waterville. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Sun Journal Publishes Op-Ed by Segal

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The Sun Journal recently published an opinion piece by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. The column is titled “Boycott of Israel goes too far.”

Wagner Warns of Spruce Budworm Outbreak in BDN Editorial

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the editorial “A devastating infestation of spruce budworms is coming — and we need to be ready.” Wagner, who is director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit that was formed in 1975 during the last spruce budworm outbreak, calls the state’s upcoming infestation a slow-moving hurricane and estimates the pest will start destroying forest stands in northern Maine within the next two to four years. He said UMaine, the Maine Forest Service and landowners with the Maine Forest Products Council are putting together a disaster preparedness plan that will identify the anticipated level of the outbreak and how the state can respond.

BDN Publishes Op-Ed on Dirigo Health Reform from Maine Policy Review

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “Goodbye, Dirigo Health: What Maine’s program accomplished over 10 years,” by Trish Riley, a senior fellow at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, lecturer at George Washington University and principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

BDN Publishes Butler’s Fourth Profile on Struggling Mainers

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The Bangor Daily News published the fourth article in a yearlong series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “Could your family live on $1.40 per meal?” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.

BDN Publishes Op-Ed on Tax Structure from Maine Policy Review

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “What’s unfair, volatile? A state tax structure that just won’t change,” by Sen. Richard Woodbury, a Yarmouth independent who has served five terms in the Legislature. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.