All posts by Howard Segal

Howard Segal

About Howard Segal

I teach history at the University of Maine.

A new job for outgoing Representative Bruce Poliquin

Many Mainers mourn the departure of our outstanding two-term U.S. Representative, Bruce Poliquin. A man of quiet courage and conviction, Poliquin understood that his prime objective was to give the wealthiest Americans, including himself, ever more opportunities to increase their wealth and simultaneously to undermine further America’s already weak safety net for the rest of […]

Support Question 4 on Tuesday to fund higher ed improvements

The case has been made by many in Maine public higher education that passage of Question 4 will provide $49 million for upgrades and other improvements at all of Maine’s public universities, including UMaine. As UMaine’s new President recently explained in an e-mail, “Passage of Question 4 will create or modernize facilities that support academic […]

The UMaine Board of Trustees should endorse Shawn Moody for Governor.

Endorsing Shawn Moody for Governor would merely make official the Board of Trustees’ right-wing Republican slant and ingratiate the Governor-elect with the UME System and perhaps increase state funding. Since Moody is already a Trustee of not only the UMaine System but also the UME Community College System, an endorsement would not violate the fantasy […]

SENATOR COLLINS: Please spare UME graduations from your identification with Margaret Chase Smith

Many of us listened to your cliche-filled UME commencement address not that many years ago, and it is interesting that you’d get a return engagement this year. I don’t know of any other person ever getting a return engagement like you. But the Collins family and, by extension, the Republican Party nowadays controls public higher […]

Can the Bangor Schools administration stop the media from covering today’s student protests?

After the Bangor Schools administration prevented any media coverage of last Friday’s protest by many Bangor High students over gun ownership and safety, the Republicans who control public education in Bangor must be besides themselves with anxiety over today’s protests across Maine and across the nation. At a minimum, some school administrators should be out […]

If politically conservative students were protesting, would any administrators object?

If any Maine students wished to leave school for seventeen minutes in order to demand greater access to guns and to lower (or maintain) the age at which weapons  could be purchased, would most Maine school authorities object? Hardly. And if these or other conservative students wished to leave school for seventeen minutes  to wave […]