Editorial: Capping college tuition: good idea

Editorial: Capping college tuition: good idea

There’s no silver bullet for making college education more affordable. What students and their parents need are options and a realistic understanding of what they are getting into when they choose a college. A program announced by two community colleges … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Schools need leeway during extraordinary times

Editorial: Schools need leeway  during extraordinary times

Trying to find extra days in a tight schedule this late in the year to fulfill the state’s 180 days of school mandate is complicated for schools and families alike. While it may seem as though the easiest solution is … Read Full Story

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The euro’s tumbling — here’s why

The euro’s tumbling — here’s why

LONDON (AP) – The euro is notching one milestone after another as it drops against major currencies. On Wednesday, it hit a 12-year low against the dollar and many think its descent has further to go.

The fall … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Expensive drugs cost everyone

Editorial: Expensive drugs cost everyone

For anyone without wealth, health can be pretty darn expensive.
Consider the most recent so-called miracle drug that has produced amazing results, which comes with an exorbitant price tag: Harvoni. The drug, which is used to treat chronic hepatitis C, … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Time for the feds to declare emergency in Massachusetts

Editorial: Time for the feds to declare emergency in Massachusetts

Over the past weeks, the commonwealth has seen unprecedented snowfall, though the term “snowfall” is far too gentle a word for what residents in some parts of the state have experienced.
Couple the high snow totals with temperatures that sometimes … Read Full Story

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Letter to editor: The time has come to talk about campus sexual assault publicly

Letter to editor: The time has come to talk about campus sexual assault publicly

By Rep. Mia Ackerman

A 2007 campus sexual assault study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that around one in five women are targets of attempted or completed sexual assault while they are college students.
That makes them four … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: Traveling politicians

Letter to the editor: Traveling politicians

Editor’s Note: This letter to the editor refers to an article written by the LUSA news agency and printed in O Jornal.

By António Teixeira*

Reading a weekly Portuguese-American newspaper, O Jornal, published in Fall River, edition of February 20, … Read Full Story

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Editorial: The stalemate over Homeland Security funding

Editorial: The stalemate over Homeland Security funding

In the impasse over funding that threatens to shutter the Department of Homeland Security at the end of this month, House Speaker John Boehner has labored mightily to wash his hands of responsibility.
“The House has done its job,” Boehner, … Read Full Story

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Perhaps Pope Francis can heal a divided America

Perhaps Pope Francis can heal a divided America

You don’t suppose, do you, that Pope Francis could heal the rift that splits Washington?
It’s welcome news, of course, that the Holy Father has accepted an invitation to address Congress on Sept. 24. It’s probably safe to say that … Read Full Story

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Road, sidewalk safety must be priority

Road, sidewalk safety must be priority

With all of the snow and more expected this weekend, it’s become a harrowing proposition to drive around town. A steady stream of pedestrians of all ages and abilities hug the sides of narrowed, icy streets. But as nerve-wracking as … Read Full Story

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Women, minorities pay higher effective Social Security rate

Women, minorities pay higher effective Social Security rate

Improving retirement security was among the many proposals in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union message on Tuesday. But advocates for older Americans say Obama should ask Congress to strengthen the nation’s principal middle-class retirement support – Social Security … Read Full Story

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Editorial: An outbreak that should have been prevented

Editorial: An outbreak that should have been prevented

Before measles vaccines became commonplace in the early 1960s, an estimated 3 million to 4 million Americans a year contracted measles, and 400 to 500 died. Survivors often suffered blindness, deafness and neurological disabilities. Measles were not taken lightly; people … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Cancer and bad luck

Editorial: Cancer and bad luck

A recent study in the journal Science reached the astonishing conclusion that two-thirds of the risk of getting many cancers is attributable to “random mutations” when healthy cells divide. Mutated cells trigger chaotic growth that leads to cancer.
The researchers’ … Read Full Story

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Obama barrels into final act of presidency unbowed

Obama barrels into final act of presidency unbowed

It’s not just the State of the Union speech that Presi-dent Barack Obama is turning on its head. It’s the whole notion of a lame-duck president.
The president is barreling into the final two years of his presidency determined to … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Denial on climate change can be dangerous

Editorial: Denial on climate change can be dangerous

In recent years, climate skeptics have reached new extremes of denial. No longer content to dispute the science that ties human activity to climate change, some skeptics have been arguing that global warming isn’t even happening, that since 1998, the … Read Full Story

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Health care on a deadline

Health care on a deadline

Gallup reported that the national uninsured rate dropped to 15.5 percent of the non-elderly population, down from 20.8 percent a little over a year ago. Eventually the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is likely to cut the proportion … Read Full Story

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Editorial: A road map for a new Congress

Editorial: A road map for a new Congress

Suffice it to say that the past four years have been pretty dismal on Capitol Hill. But this year’s new Congress does not have to follow the pattern.
They could start with the simplest policies on which lawmakers have failed … Read Full Story

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Editorial: The wealth gap

Editorial: The wealth gap

The Great Recession that began in 2008 turned the U.S. economy upside-down for awhile, but it didn’t change the long-term trends. The gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has continued to grow – and has now set a … Read Full Story

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