Words that changed the world

Words that changed the world

By Dr. Mark L. Hopkins
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When the signing of the Declaration of Independence was announced on July 4, 1776, it set off the greatest display of fireworks in the history of the world. No, they were not … Read Full Story

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Don’t buy new luggage just yet

Don’t buy new luggage just yet

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle
You may have heard earlier this month that a global airline association recommended reducing the size of passenger carry-on bags. Fortunately, the trade group has done an about-face thanks to “intense” opposition from North American airlines … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Campaigning the Portuguese way

Editorial: Campaigning the Portuguese way

We’re 17 months away from Presidential Election Day and already impatient for the campaign to be over. We expect we aren’t alone. Each campaign is more expensive than the last, and seems longer as well.
It doesn’t have to be … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Legislature must not expand vaccine exemption

Editorial: Legislature must not expand vaccine exemption

At a hearing in the Massachusetts Legislature recently, parents, legislators and doctors debated a bill that would add a “personal beliefs” exemption to current law that requires all children attending school be vaccinated against a variety of highly contagious diseases. … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Colleges must do more to meet low-income students’ needs

Letter to the editor: Colleges must do more to meet low-income students’ needs

By Tim Hall

Paying for college may soon become easier — especially for low-income students.
President Obama just issued a Student Aid Bill of Rights that orders the federal government to find ways to help students repay their loans. The … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Data on teen driving is good news

Editorial: Data on teen driving is good news

It’s fantastic news. The data released by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows a huge decrease – 56 percent – in the number of people killed by teen drivers since 1995 and a 51 percent drop in the number of … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Sharing sacrifices should be a two-way street

Letter to the editor: Sharing sacrifices should be a two-way street

Since I arrived in this country in 1969, even long before I could speak fluent English, I attended City Council meetings because I was always fascinated by politics and the way our city has been managed.
Throughout these years, as … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Hungry for change

Editorial: Hungry for change

The conventional wisdom is that young people no longer care enough to stand up for what is important. But a small group of students at Tufts University in Medford recently defied that stereotype, taking on administrators looking to cut the … Read Full Story

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Robots’ threat to the middle class

Robots’ threat to the middle class

Among the vexing challenges facing the middle class is one that will probably go unmentioned in the next presidential campaign: What happens when the robots come for their jobs?
About half of U.S. jobs are at high risk of being … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: No educational equity without tackling economic and racial injustice

Letter to the editor: No educational equity without tackling economic and racial injustice

As “Teacher Appreciation Day” has passed and “Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week” has come to a close (from May 4-8), we are thankful for all the students and parents who have shared their appreciation. The gifts of coffee mugs, chocolates, … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Students need a good night’s sleep

Editorial: Students need a good night’s sleep

A recent report reveals that young people are not getting enough sleep. The amount of sleep they are not getting, moreover, is on the rise, with implications that go far beyond a few extra yawns or red eyes on an … Read Full Story

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Ending birthright citizenship is an ill-founded idea

Ending birthright citizenship is an ill-founded idea

By News Sentinel
Knoxville (Tennessee)

Congressional hearings were held last week on a bill aimed at ending birthright citizenship – the principle that anyone born in the United States, with the exception of those whose parents are in the service … Read Full Story

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Heeding the pope’s green message

Heeding the pope’s green message

Pope Francis is calling on all Catholics and political and religious leaders around the world to take climate action.
The Vatican hosted Tuesday a conference on climate change that featured leading researchers on global warming.
The meeting is another sign … Read Full Story

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Donate life: register as an organ donor

Donate life: register as an organ donor

April is National Donate Life Month — a time to honor those touched by donation and transplantation. Every year since 2002, April reminds us to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to motivate people to register as organ, … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Gender wage gap hurts everyone

Editorial: Gender wage gap hurts everyone

It’s 2015, and women still don’t get the same pay as men for doing the same work. Not in finance, not in retail, not even in nursing.
A report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that while … Read Full Story

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Plans must be made for the increasing cost of aging

Plans must be made for the increasing cost of aging

The Great Recession took many Americans out of their jobs and into their savings. That’s not a good omen for the security of their retirements – and especially for their ability to pay for their care when they no longer … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Special ed shouldn’t just be for wealthy

Editorial: Special ed shouldn’t just be for wealthy

Here’s what you may need if you’re a kid with such severe special needs that the local public school can’t give you the kind of services that will help you: parents with a lot of money. That’s because many school … Read Full Story

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Your view: Death of the death penalty?

Your view: Death of the death penalty?

The trial of Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev feels more like an abstract contest about the death penalty than a battle between the federal government and a man accused of mass murder.
And it isn’t much of a contest, apparently, considering … Read Full Story

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