Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone

Opinion Page Editor

 
Maine Focus
Over the last several years, the number of public health nurses has fallen by more than half.

LePage cut ranks of nurses who prevent outbreaks. Now lawmakers are trying to rebuild

By Matthew Stone on April 07, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
In recent years, the number of public health nurses has fallen by more than half.
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The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
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Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport. King is proposing an initiative to get rural Maine communities to think about their futures.

King wants rural towns to compete for money to turn around their future

By Matthew Stone on April 03, 2017, at 7:06 p.m.
If current trends hold, Maine’s rural regions are destined for a future in which communities will continue to shrink, and some might cease to exist as municipalities.
Megan Stover sits at the kitchen table after dinner with her three daughters (from left) Andie, 5, Madison, 10, and Nellie, 7, at their home in Scarborough.

How Maine is failing working parents by leaving millions unspent on child care

on March 20, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
The typical cost of care for infants at a child care center, almost $9,700 annually, is more than in-state tuition at the University of Maine. Yet in each of the past four years, the state has simply not spent at least $4 million in federal funds meant to help working moms and dads.
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Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is pictured in October 2014.

How $13M in unlawful spending took shape in Mary Mayhew’s DHHS

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 07, 2017, at 6:12 a.m.
Internal emails and other communications show that state finance staff questioned the Department of Health and Human Services’ plans to spend more than $13 million in ways that ran afoul of a federal law.
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A children's toy in the waiting room at Bangor Public Health and Community Services.

Group charged with understanding Maine infant deaths to meet after 3-year hiatus

By Matthew Stone on Feb. 01, 2017, at 6:07 a.m.
Lawmakers aim to give the panel more authority, especially after a rise in the state’s infant mortality rate that no one can fully explain.
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A WIC recipient and her son sit for an appointment at Bangor Public Health & Community Services on Jan. 12.

Mary Mayhew insists on photo IDs for infant nutrition program and loses $1.4M

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 11, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
The demand by Maine’s top health official has stalled an upgrade required by federal law to a program that helps new moms buy healthy food.
Donna Pickard of Far Point Farm in Steuben may have to stretch her own meals, but she will give away her food to someone who needs it.

A simple change could give Maine’s hungry, rural people more food

on Dec. 23, 2016, at 6:38 a.m.
The first in-depth look of its kind shows that 59 percent of people are using food pantries more this year than last.
A man walks out of Lily Bay State Park in Greenville on Nov. 22, 2016. The park closes to cars but is still open to visitors in the off season.

This remote Maine region has a chance to grow

on Dec. 07, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“If you don’t change, you die.”

In Arizona, John McCain has won re-election

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:31 p.m.

Passadumkeag gives Trump, Poliquin another win

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:13 p.m.

Charleston goes decisively for Trump, Poliquin

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:11 p.m.

Clinton and Cain claim wins in Surry

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:10 p.m.

Garfield Plantation backs Trump, Poliquin

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:09 p.m.

Pingree will return to Congress

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:07 p.m.

West Forks, another small town, gets behind Trump and Poliquin

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:04 p.m.

Dennistown Plantation goes decisively for Trump, Poliquin

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:02 p.m.

Trump and Poliquin take Osborn

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:01 p.m.

Scott Cyrway will return to Maine Senate

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:49 p.m.

Trump, Poliquin successful in Howland

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:41 p.m.