Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Just about everyone dreams of a secure retirement at the end of our working days. Unfortunately, few of us are prepared to make that dream a reality.
The average American family has only $5,000 in retirement savings, according to an … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Independents deserve equal ballot access

Editorial: Independents deserve equal  ballot access

Imagine if states prohibited some citizens from voting based on their po-litical beliefs. The reaction, justifiably, would be outrage. Yet about a dozen states already do exactly that, with hardly a word of protest.
Much of the current national debate … Read Full Story

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Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

By Esther Cepeda

We’ve heard for years that when it comes to African-Americans, Hispanics and low-income minority communities in general, expectations for academic achievement are low.
Indeed, the Center for American Progress found in 2014 that 10th-grade teachers thought African-American … Read Full Story

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Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

By Patrick Alexander Medeiros

Funny enough, I had never heard the original recording before I had arrived in Portugal. “Grândola, Vila Morena” was always just something vague and exciting that my family and I would bellow at regular gatherings, to … Read Full Story

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Reasons for optimism on the economy

As we all know from listening to the campaign rhetoric from candidates of both parties, the U.S. economy is in disastrous shape. China and Mexico are stealing jobs right and left – per Donald Trump – and most people are … Read Full Story

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Proposed impeachment of President Dilma Roussef not justified

Proposed impeachment of President Dilma Roussef not justified

The Brazilian Women’s Group expresses its concern with the continuation of the Brazilian democratic process and reiterates its support for democratic institutions so hard-won in the mid-80s in Brazil.
The Brazilian Women’s Group reaffirms its commitment to combat discrimination, sexism … Read Full Story

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Ernest Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

Ernest Moniz leads a quiet revolution in clean energy

By David Ignatius

So much of America’s future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let’s focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Immigrants create, not take jobs

Editorial: Immigrants create, not take jobs

To those who say immigrants are “taking American jobs,” here’s a morsel to mull over: Immigrants drove the creation of more than half the current U.S.-based technology startups valued at $1 billion or more, according to a report from the … Read Full Story

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Surprise billing can be financially disastrous to patient

Surprise billing can be financially disastrous to patient

There’s a new medical epidemic that’s sweeping the country — one not caused by viruses or bacteria. And it can hit anyone at any time.
The epidemic is called “surprise billing” and it happens when a patient goes to a … Read Full Story

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Raise felony threshold for thefts – to a point

Raise felony threshold for thefts – to a point

An effort within the state Legislature to shift the threshold for a felony conviction offers a substantive change that will cost taxpayers little and enable those who have a one-time infraction rebuild their lives much more easily.

Still, as opponents

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Easter: Time to renew our hope…

Easter: Time to renew our hope…

Bishop Edgar da Cunha’s Easter Message
Dear Friends,
At the beginning of one of the most important documents of the Second Vatican Council, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, we read:
“The joys and hopes, the … Read Full Story

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Kudos to Michael Moore for showing Portugal´s groundbreaking policy

Kudos to Michael Moore for showing Portugal´s groundbreaking policy

By Sharda Sekaran

Filmmaker Michael Moore never shies from taking on tough issues and challenging the status quo. His latest film “Where to Invade Next” is a clever spoof of U.S. foreign policy that encourages our military leaders to “invade” … Read Full Story

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Trust gap for minority patients

Trust gap for minority patients

By Esther J. Cepeda

New research confirms that many Hispanics, blacks and other minorities perceive that doctors just don’t care about them and that their medical care isn’t as good as it could be.
According to University of Pennsylvania research … Read Full Story

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Take a deep breath, America is doing great

Take a deep breath, America is doing great

Before we get too far into 2016, I sure wish America would take a deep breath. Things are not nearly as bad as some of the loudest voices in the room would have us think.

It would help if the … Read Full Story

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End-of-life talks key part of health picture

End-of-life talks key part of health picture

The Portland Press Herald

Six years ago, a proposal to compensate physicians for talking to patients about their treatment in their last days was stripped from the Affordable Care Act after critics made dark predictions about “death panels” and government … Read Full Story

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The complexities of race and ethnicity

The complexities of race and ethnicity

By Esther J. Cepeda

Our society gives a lot of lip service to the importance of diversity in fields such as science, medicine and technology because multicultural people bring unique viewpoints, varied life experiences and new ideas.
Rarely do we … Read Full Story

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An investment that always pays off

An investment that always pays off

While many people are still down in the doldrums following the Great Recession, the evidence is unmistakable that the economy is recovering. Unemployment Massachusetts was 4.6 percent in September and in Rhode Island it was 5.4 percent.
However, it’s apparent … Read Full Story

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A scary political thought for Halloween

A scary political thought for Halloween

Dorothy and her companions in “The Wizard of Oz” chanted, “Lions, tigers, and bears, oh, my! Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my!” Today, we are all trying to follow the chant of the populace that goes, “Democrats, Republicans and tea … Read Full Story

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