Tag Archives: welfare

How a grandmother, innocent of welfare fraud, almost ended up in jail

Justice finally caught up with Roberta Ishola. But probably not in the way you think. In October 2014, Ishola was arrested as part of a crackdown on welfare abuse. Someone she knew, either angry with her or without all the facts, called the police. Ishola, 51, a grandmother and Lewiston resident, was charged unlawful possession […]

Maine’s economy will keep lagging when the vulnerable are left behind

Maine faces a real, honest-to-goodness crisis in our rural communities. The problems are substantial and complicated, and they can’t be solved by sitting down and sharpening the pencil or through a simplistic policy pronouncement or scapegoating some of our people. And the problem is mirrored all across the country as many rural communities face changing […]

Stories about EBT card busts cast poverty as a crime

Being poor is not a crime. But we are living in a time when politicians and the media continue to criminalize poverty. The latest example comes from stories reported in the Bangor Daily News, Sun Journal and the Press Herald. “Drug agents say EBT cards being used to buy drugs,” the Bangor Daily reported. “Maine […]

Prepare for 15 months of hate and race baiting

Some Republicans are rushing headlong into a campaign that will become the most destructive, divisive and racially charged of any in the country. The results for Maine – and for people of color living in our state – will be devastating. A group of Republican activists is working to place a People’s Veto on the ballot to […]