Thousands of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers face a difficult mission as they work daily to halt illegal immigration and drug smuggling on America’s southern frontier. But there’s no excuse for the dozens of suspicious shootings and other abuses … Read Full Storyread more
I often visit a bakery in the neighborhood that I grew up in to pick up some Portuguese bread. When I was a child, the people there (like myself) were mostly immigrants from the Azores. I noticed a lot has … Read Full Storyread more
By Esther J. Cepeda
New research has confirmed that our national conversation about immigration is so tainted by bad feelings and misinformation that it’s nearly impossible to actually converse.
Most of those who have been entrenched in the immigration issue … Read Full Story
When it comes to standardized tests in public schools, there’s plenty of room for argument. The Massachusetts Board of Education has invited as much, hosting five public comment sessions on the question of whether to replace the MCAS tests with … Read Full Storyread more
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 Storyread more
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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
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
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 Storyread more
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
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 Storyread more
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
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 Storyread more
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
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 Storyread more
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 Storyread more
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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 Storyread more
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
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 Storyread more