All posts by Howard Segal

Howard Segal

About Howard Segal

I teach history at the University of Maine.

Mainers who hate Israel should vote for Betsy Sweet

Betsy Sweet hopes to obtain the endorsement of the Maine Democratic Senatorial party. She has already happily accepted the support of the four Democratic US Reps elected in 2016. The four recently introduced legislation to recognize the BDS movement. Those who agree with this anti-Israel platform should not have the nerve–the chutzpah–to ask for contributions […]

Susan Collins’ Love Affair With Corrupt For Profit Colleges

As I’ve written before in this space, “OUR SENATOR” Collins was instrumental in approving the controversial nominee Detsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Collins cynically voted for DeVos’ nomination in the Senate committee where her vote really mattered, but voted against DeVos in the full Senate where her vote didn’t matter as her buddy Mitch […]

A portrait of President Trump should be placed in every public school and university classroom

When I was growing up in Philadelphia portraits of George Washington and other leading Founding Fathers were found in every classroom in K-12 and college institution–and not just in offices but also in classrooms. I would like to see that tradition restarted or established in Maine. I have no idea if other cities and states […]

UME Ft Kent to give former Gov. LePage an honorary degree–ABOUT TIME! Recall his denunciation of all teachers as “a dime a dozen.” Read all about it in Friday’s Bangor Daily News story re interim Ft. Kent President (another non-Marxist, rest assured). I heard about a proposed honorary degree for our beloved ex-Governor a few […]

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 […]