“As an educator, you, sir are a disgrace” & other replies to my Sister Helen blog

Now that the Boston Marathon jury has chosen the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (DT), it is interesting to read the replies to my earlier blog criticizing Sister Helen Prejean for trying to spare his life by finding alleged remorse during her recent five conservations with him—not withstanding his lack of emotion, much less remorse, […]

Could Rep. Ken Fredette Have Saved Richard Nixon’s Presidency?

As I have completed this week my annual undergraduate survey course in American history from Reconstruction through the present, I have covered the resignation in August 1974 of President Nixon. I have discussed the eventual conclusion of many otherwise loyal Republican U.S. Representatives and Senators and other party leaders that Nixon faced inevitable impeachment by […]

A Model Way of Giving High Schoolers College Credits: UMPI and MSSM

As the University of Maine System (Orono excepted) desperately seeks more undergraduate students amid declining enrollments in recent years, there is an understandable effort to recruit students from both within and outside of Maine who might otherwise not fill classrooms, laboratories,  residence halls, and, not least, parking lots. Considerable funds have been expended on seeking […]

Betsy Webb’s selective opposition to spending precious school dollars

As reported in the Bangor Daily News, Bangor School Superintendent Betsy Webb testified in Washington, DC, on Thursday about the allegedly negative effects of the Affordable Care Act’s “30 hour full-time rule.” At the invitation of “Our Senator” Susan Collins, Webb spoke to the U.S. Senate’s Education, Health, Labor, and Pensions Committee, whose members include Collins. […]

The Tiresome Hypocrisy of Gov.LePage & Other Abortion Opponents

So Gov. LePage, along with new Representative Bruce Poliquin, participated in the annual Augusta crusades  to denounce Roe Vs. Wade and to demand its being declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court someday soon. I am hardly the only critic of these and other anti-abortionists to observe their overwhelming indifference to public and private programs […]

Using voice mail to fire tenured USM faculty is not an accident

It is by now well known that at least two tenured U Southern Maine faculty were recently notified by voice mails  that they were being terminated–“retrenched”–effective January 1, 2015. Using voice mails was, it has been explained, a mistake. A new dean unfamiliar with whatever procedures are ordinarily used somehow decided to communicate with a […]