An uneven playing field

An uneven playing field

Imagine yourself for a moment as a college student, seated around a seminar table with 19 classmates. If that room was on the University of Maine campus in Orono, nine of the students at that table (statistically speaking) would be from families in the bottom 60...
A bird’s-eye view could be transformative

A bird’s-eye view could be transformative

On Mother’s Day, I received a surprise gift. In the peach tree just outside our kitchen, an eastern bluebird and Baltimore oriole alighted simultaneously. It was approaching dusk, and the departing sun lit up the brilliant hues of each bird. That fleeting illumination...
Climate planning in an increasingly unpredictable world

Climate planning in an increasingly unpredictable world

A recent report by the University of Maine Climate Change Institute offers a vivid reminder not to overlook the power of ecological connections. Clear links, like lobster populations responding to warming sea water, are easy to grasp. But this “Coastal Maine Climate...

The Watchdog Index

Editor’s note: Nearly 30 years ago, Harper’s Magazine created its Harper’s Index, ©,  a one-page listing of “ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect.” The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting herein launches our annual Maine version of the index,...