Matthew Stone

Matthew Stone

Opinion Page Editor

 
MAINE FOCUS
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.
Maine Focus
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.
MAINE FOCUS
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.

Naples goes for Trump, Holbrook

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:38 p.m.

Trump, Poliquin successful in Lamoine

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:36 p.m.

Livermore goes for Trump

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:35 p.m.

Stonington says yes to Clinton, no to background checks

By Matthew Stone on Nov. 08, 2016, at 9:32 p.m.