Cloudy forecast for climate change

Cloudy forecast  for climate change

With the recent release of the United  Nations Climate Report, conversation around collective action to slow down global warming and climate change has been all over the media.

The U.N. panel, which has released the report in three parts over … Read Full Story

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Don’t hide domestic violence

Don’t hide domestic violence

There is much to like in the domestic violence prevention bill being considered on Beacon Hill, and one provision that goes too far.
The bill approved by the House Wednesday would set stiffer penalties for domestic violence, make strangulation a … Read Full Story

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Religion is personal, not corporate

Religion is personal, not corporate

It is hard to imagine anyone, from conservative to liberal, who would want their employer’s religious beliefs imposed on their workforce or insurance coverage. Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice.

For that reason, the U.S. Supreme … Read Full Story

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The Child Care Crunch

The Child Care Crunch

As a result of the mounting costs of child care these days, the issue has gone well beyond just a personal decision for parents. It has become an issue with significant public-policy implications.

Child care is becoming unaffordable, often eclipsing … Read Full Story

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Immigration debate: Obama right to review deportations

Immigration debate: Obama right to review deportations

El Paso Times

President Barack Obama will no doubt face criticism for his decision last week to review the nation’s deportation policy. But it’s a correct step, and one made necessary by Republican refusal to even consider immigration reform at … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Clarifying the rules on overtime

Editorial: Clarifying the rules on overtime

Last week President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to revise regulations determining which workers qualify for federal overtime protections, a move that was presented as a way to increase income for some lower-wage workers.
The issue begins with the … Read Full Story

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Caution is smart policy for Ukraine

Caution is smart policy for Ukraine

The crisis in the Ukraine has been dominating news coverage over recent weeks. As is to be expected, much criticism has been directed towards President Obama in his handling of the crisis. The main attack line appears to be that … Read Full Story

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Drug education needs to begin at home

Drug education needs to begin at home

Many chose to ignore or even deny it, but substance abuse is a reality experienced by many in the Portuguese-speaking communities.

Unfortunately, this is often a “quiet” problem. One of the reasons is “cultural stigma.” Families try to camouflage it, … Read Full Story

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Prison is no place for the mentally ill

Prison is no place for the mentally ill

America’s prison system has become its largest mental health facility.

More than half of the 2.2 million prisoners in federal, state and county jails have mental heath problems, a 2006 Justice Department study found. For female prisoners, it’s more like … Read Full Story

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Learning from research on mammograms

Learning from research on mammograms

A 25-year study of 90,000 women has found that mammograms do nothing to lower the death rate from breast cancer. That’s pretty strong evidence, to say the least. And it’s only the latest from many studies over the last several … Read Full Story

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All must stand up to child abuse

All must stand up to child abuse

It used to be that abuse was something that shamed the abused, never the abuser. Witnesses to it often turned away, made excuses and rationalized both the abuser’s actions and their own.

The story of a Brockton mother arrested recently … Read Full Story

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The refreshing taste of diversity

The refreshing taste of diversity

During this year’s Super Bowl, the high holiday in the U.S. of gluttony and consumption, a controversy erupted over a commercial, as happens every year.

Yet, this year it strikes a particularly strong chord of ideological discourse within U.S. society. … Read Full Story

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Adequate drug treatment needed

Adequate drug treatment needed

For years, experts and officials have warned of an alarming increase in the abuse of prescription drugs.

The worst of these are opioid-based painkillers like oxycodone. These drugs are highly addictive and relatively expensive, and many who get hooked on … Read Full Story

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Investing in workers pays off

Investing in workers pays off

Hopefully, this was the week Rhode Island took a big step forward towards putting people back to work.

On Tuesday, leaders of the Rhode Island Senate introduced a package of legislation aimed at tackling the state’s nine percent unemployment rate … Read Full Story

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Lajes role reinforced

Lajes role reinforced

The fact that United States contacted Portugal about the possibility of transshipping chemical materials from Syria in the Praia da Vitória port in the Terceira island of Azores only serves to reinforce the geostrategic position of the Mid-Atlantic archipelago and … Read Full Story

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A cloudy forecast for climate change

A cloudy forecast for climate change

Just how much will the Earth heat up over the next 100 or 200 years? Climate scientists are not able to predict with high certainty.

They have estimated that average global temperatures will increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius … Read Full Story

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Extended unemployment compensation still essential

Extended unemployment compensation still essential

If some of your neighbors don’t seem too happy about the new year, it could be because Congress decided to go home and party without extending unemployment benefits.

Congress left 1.3 million long-term-unemployed without any obvious means of support. Lawmakers … Read Full Story

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Boas Festas to all

Boas Festas to all

Once again, we celebrate Christmas and gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Until the end, His life was about sharing and a belief in forgiving others and doing as much good as possible with one’s life.

So, as we … Read Full Story

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