Editorial: Would cash prizes entice more voters?

Editorial: Would cash prizes  entice more voters?

“You gotta be in it to win it.” That’s what they say about the lottery, or used to. Now some public officials in Los Angeles want to apply this logic to elections.
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission recently passed a … Read Full Story

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letter to the editor: Remain vigilant when it comes to teens and tobacco

letter to the editor: Remain vigilant when it comes to teens and tobacco

As school begins again in Bristol County, I want to remind parents in our area that the tobacco industry continues to produce new and varied nicotine delivery products, like e-cigarettes and vape pens that are sweet, cheap and easy for … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Demilitarize America’s police

Editorial: Demilitarize America’s police

The nation’s attention is rightfully riveted on Ferguson, Missouri, where residents are reeling from days of protests and riots.
Touched off in the wake of the police shooting of a young black man under ambiguous circumstances, at best, the civic … Read Full Story

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New Fall River Bishop is a gift from Pope Francis

New Fall River Bishop is a gift from Pope Francis

There are few people who do not like to receive gifts. Whenever they come, or for whatever occasion they are presented, they are gratefully received.
It is in this context I would like to suggest that we have, as a … Read Full Story

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Letters to the editor: Mass. Coastal Caucus: NOAA’s lobster regulatios ‘crippling’

Letters to the editor: Mass. Coastal Caucus: NOAA’s lobster regulatios ‘crippling’

We, the members of the Massachusetts Coastal Caucus, recently learned that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued new regulations for the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. Recognizing that the regulations would unnecessarily impose significant, negative consequences on our … Read Full Story

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Editorial: A banking crisis that still looms

Editorial: A banking crisis that still looms

Bank of America last week reportedly buckled to the Justice Department’s threat of litigation over alleged misdeeds in the mortgage-backed securities market, offering to pay upward of $16 billion to settle the matter, more than half of it as a … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Pay-As-You-Throw protest organizers mislead the public

Letter to the editor: Pay-As-You-Throw protest organizers mislead the public

When my wife and I joined the demonstrators against the Pay-As-You-Throw Program (PAYT) at the Government Center on Tuesday, Aug. 5, we were shocked and disappointed by what we saw: People holding handwritten signs that contained messages and language not … Read Full Story

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Editorial: A vacation Congress hasn’t earned

Editorial: A vacation Congress hasn’t earned

Happy summer vacation, Congress. Clearly, you need a break.
Has any Congress ever produced so much drama and so little legislation? Let’s see what it did (and didn’t do) last week. Congress’s failure on immigration has been well-documented. Less heralded, … Read Full Story

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Glimmer of an anti-proverty plan

Glimmer of an anti-proverty plan

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has produced his latest take on conservative anti-poverty policy.

Ryan’s idea is a substantial expansion of the earned-income tax credit, a wage supplement for low-income workers administered through the tax code. Currently the … Read Full Story

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Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit

Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) – The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily.

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain … Read Full Story

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Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion to CPLP comes with a price

Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion to CPLP comes with a price

It appears the number of countries where Portuguese is an official language will soon be increasing from eight to nine. But at what price?

After a couple years of mounting pressure — mostly exerted by Brazil and Angola —Equatorial Guinea … Read Full Story

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An Unholy War

An Unholy War

The lands of Occupied Palestine and Israel are sad places to be these days.

With the failure of the peace process several months ago, the deaths of three teenage Jews and the immolation of a teenage Palestinian boy appear to … Read Full Story

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Mass. could serve as model for vets services

Mass. could serve as model  for vets services

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department scandal has brought to light the disconnect between the nation’s promise to its veterans and what is actually delivered. Here in Massachusetts, we are fortunate to have a robust network of local veterans service officers … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Take the HIV test, take control

Letter to the editor: Take the HIV test, take control

Editor’s Note: National HIV Testing Day is observed on June 27.

By Thomas E Bertrand

It was September 1994, and I had never imagined myself sitting alone in the crowded and chaotic basement of Traveler’s Aid Society, now known as … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Obama must resist new combate role in Iraq

Editorial: Obama must resist new combate role in Iraq

Given the United States’ 11 years of involvement in Iraq as an invader, occupier and, most recently, facilitator and ally, it is difficult for the government and Americans to watch what is happening there with equanimity.
The United States withdrew … Read Full Story

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Let’s celebrate what connects us all!

Let’s celebrate what connects us all!

June is arriving and with it Massachusetts and Rhode Island come alive with numerous celebrations marking the unofficial month of Portugal in this region.

Although the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities is only officially celebrated on June … Read Full Story

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Stop state tuition hikes

Stop state tuition hikes

The cost of a college degree has been rising sharply for a generation, for many reasons political leaders cannot easily control. But over the last decade, state legislatures have had a direct hand in the rise of tuition and fees … Read Full Story

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Hypocrisy on a tax credit

Hypocrisy on a tax credit

It seems nothing passes through Congress without the bitterest fight to the death. The latest example is a little line item that has held a spot in the Internal Revenue Service Code for more than three decades, even though it … Read Full Story

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