Raising bilingual children not an easy task

Raising bilingual children not an easy task

By Esther Cepeda

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mark Sanchez. You have given a flicker of hope to all of us Hispanic moms who bemoan the fact that we weren’t able to raise our kids to speak both English … Read Full Story

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Reining in the use of household antibiotics

Reining in the use of household antibiotics

For years, a growing number of scientists have decried the use of antibiotic elements as part of soaps, claiming the marketing of such products often veered away from healthy practice and into the land of fraud.
Worse than that was … Read Full Story

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A disturbing suicide trend

A disturbing suicide trend

Homosexual and bisexual high school students are nearly five times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers. They are also more than twice as likely to experience dating violence or to not go to school because they feel … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Drug patents drive up prices

Prescription drugs cost too much. The main culprit, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is that the government grants extraordinarily long periods of market exclusivity for new drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. … Read Full Story

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Still awaiting for your response on parish ‘tax’ Bishop da Cunha

Still awaiting for your response on parish ‘tax’ Bishop da Cunha

Open letter to Diocese of Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha

By António C. Teixeira

Since the implementation of the assessment fee imposed upon all Fall River parishes by the diocese, we have noticed a decline in donations for … Read Full Story

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Regulations stifling American dream

Regulations stifling American dream

By Anthony Davies
and James R. Harrigan

Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that … Read Full Story

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Putting ‘Our Kids,’ child poverty on the political agenda

Putting ‘Our Kids,’ child poverty on the political agenda

Let’s not talk about the presidential campaign, which is devolving into a mudfight that’s only likely to get worse. Let’s talk about something the candidates would all be talking about, if our politics weren’t so weird: Our kids and their … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Bill could benefit families dealing with mental illness

Editorial: Bill could benefit families dealing with mental illness

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 422 to 2 this month to pass a bill that overhauls our approach to mental illness.
The bill could empower family members, who are on the front lines of the efforts to deal with … Read Full Story

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Stuck in the shadows

Stuck in the shadows

On one level, it’s unsurprising that the Supre-me Court deadlocked 4 to 4, after an appeals court split 2 to 1, in considering President Barack Obama’s sweeping executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. As a legal … Read Full Story

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Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union adds a heavy dose of uncertainty to a world economy that is still struggling to reach full speed years after the global financial crisis.

The most immediate pain will … Read Full Story

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Hate, terrorism and politics

Hate, terrorism and politics

Once again, mass violence has taken the lives of innocents, this time at a nightclub in Orlando. As has happened too often these last few years – at the Boston Marathon in 2012, a Colorado movie theater a few months … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

By Rep. Patricia A. Serpa

A little over a month ago, I was proud to be appointed the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight. In my new role, my focus will be making government work for Rhode Islanders. I … Read Full Story

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Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

It is often said that the problem with immigrants is that they’re poor and contribute only their cheap labor when they get here.
But rarely discussed is the fact that the United States does a terrible job of enabling the … Read Full Story

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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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Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Tragically, Taunton now joins the expanding list of American communities where innocent lives have been lost in horrific acts of mass violence. An 80-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man are dead, along with the mentally disturbed man who took their … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Nursing homes are mostly operated by private entities, but government pays most of the bills.
MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, plays a dominant role in nursing ho-me financing. But the state Legislature has frozen Medicaid rates for years. As a … Read Full Story

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Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Americans must never stop watching the people watching us. It’s as vital as ever, as federal officials keep trying to exploit fear of terrorism to break down our civil liberties.
The fight between law enforcement officials and digital privacy advocates … Read Full Story

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Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

By Rich Taber

There are 102 years of tradition packed into the 2016 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, and this year’s event is now less than 100 days away. Saying it’s just around the corner rings true in more than … Read Full Story

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