A farewell as I depart after three years at The Free Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

As an opinion writer for this newspaper, I’ve had the distinct privilege of making readers laugh, confused, upset and moved. Typically, I’m not as serious as I look in the picture above, but The Free Press has done so much for me over the past three years that I can’t help but feel somber talking […]

Things of the Week: Republican conventions & the Boston bombing

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Boston Marathon bombing I’d been trying to write this piece for the last few days, but I kept getting distracted by news coverage of the Boston marathon bombing. I had the document open on my computer, ready to explain how personal and visceral the attack was to New England residents, but the rapidly evolving story […]

Guy Hammond does a lot of talking, but not a lot of explaining

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Guy Hammond says a lot in his seminars and sermons. He preaches for Christians to be polite and passionate in their tolerance of gay people. And he definitely does a lot of talking, but not a lot of explaining. Hammond, who calls himself an “ex-gay,” runs the Strength in Weakness Ministry and its accompanying website. […]

Things of the Week: Budget slashes & unnecessary student censorship

Posted on April 08, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Unnecessary student censorship of the week Three weeks ago, art students Lydia Brown and Sarah McCullough received an administrative complaint about their mural that was displayed on the top floor of the New Science Building’s Ci2 lab in Portland, a complaint that resulted in the removal of the mural. The mural depicts a bare-breasted woman […]

Things of the Week: President Kalikow’s blog and an important medical breakthrough

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Vague blog of the week USM President Theo Kalikow has started a bi-weekly online blog that she has titled “Theo’s Rants” where she sounds off on a question that “I sense is out there,” as she states in the introduction to her first post from Feb. 26. The bravely worded first question? –– “What the […]

Things of the Week – Good politics, bad politics, and angry students

Posted on March 04, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Disappointing state political decision of the week Like a kid holding their breath until they get what they want, Governor Paul LePage threatened on Friday to veto all proposed bills that come across his desk until his hospital debt plan is passed by lawmakers. LePage’s plan is to renegotiate the state of Maine’s contracts on […]

Things of the Week – Boy Scouts, LePage, and some dangerous drugs

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

National controversy of the week Trustworthy, loyal, helpful – but not gay. The Boy Scouts of America have postponed a vote to lift the ban on including gay members. Prospective gay Scouts who would like to join will now have to wait until May, when the next vote will be held. The ban has been […]

Rising cost of college makes it unattainable for many

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

As someone who is currently experiencing the financial pitfalls of college debt, I can easily understand the anxiety that many students face as a result of that debt. One of the biggest points of contention during the presidential race this year involved financial aid for college students and the increasing amount of debt that college […]

One student recalls religious persecution in Tehran

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Shuan hesitated as he started to talk about the night in Tehran when he was stabbed. He had gone looking for a man who owed him money. He found him. “He treated me like…” he trailed off. Then the man took out a knife and stabbed him in the forearm. Shuan was still living in […]

Things of the week

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Andrew Henry in Henry's Head, Perspectives

Juicing leads to losing – in baseball This year, not a single MLB player received the required 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to be elected into the Hall of Fame. This is only the eighth time this has happened since the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s inception in […]