Once again, the western world finds itself grappling with the scourge of terrorism.
The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 129 innocent people and injured 350 more last week in Paris. Of course, the … Read Full Story
The energy success story of the decade has been the boom in solar power. Many towns now boast sizable solar arrays on municipal buildings, former landfills, and other locations. More and more houses now sport the tell-tale photovoltaic panels.
Thanks … Read Full Story
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Six years ago, a proposal to compensate physicians for talking to patients about their treatment in their last days was stripped from the Affordable Care Act after critics made dark predictions about “death panels” and government … Read Full Storyread more
Por todo o estado, estão a ser encomendados perus e a ser planeadas ementas em antecipação da celebração do Dia de Acção de Graças, do Natal e do Hanukkah. Daqui a alguns dias, as crianças vão começar a chegar a … Read Full Storyread more
Across Massachusetts, cooks are ordering their turkeys and planning their menus in anticipation of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. Soon, young children will bring home their cornucopia art projects, the traditional symbol of the harvest season featuring a bounty of fruits … Read Full Storyread more
By Esther J. Cepeda
Our society gives a lot of lip service to the importance of diversity in fields such as science, medicine and technology because multicultural people bring unique viewpoints, varied life experiences and new ideas.
Rarely do we … Read Full Story
While many people are still down in the doldrums following the Great Recession, the evidence is unmistakable that the economy is recovering. Unemployment Massachusetts was 4.6 percent in September and in Rhode Island it was 5.4 percent.
However, it’s apparent … Read Full Story
Dorothy and her companions in “The Wizard of Oz” chanted, “Lions, tigers, and bears, oh, my! Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my!” Today, we are all trying to follow the chant of the populace that goes, “Democrats, Republicans and tea … Read Full Storyread more
The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up as something of a referendum on taxes.
Most of the Republicans have released detailed tax proposals, all of which include cutting taxes for the wealthiest taxpayers. The Democratic candidates are unanimous in their … Read Full Story
In Stephen King’s “Cell,” published in 2007, a pulse hits people as they are speaking on their cellphones, turning them into zombies.
No, that hasn’t happened, at least not yet. But our phones are changing us, it’s happening fast and … Read Full Story
The foreign-born share of the U.S. population has doubled in the past three decades and now stands at its highest point in nearly a century. Little wonder, then, that illegal immigration triggers visceral debate and white-hot rhetoric during a presidential … Read Full Storyread more
A bill mandating the drug screening of all seventh- and 10th-graders in the commonwealth is working its way through the state Legislature.
The screening would take the form of a conversation designed to uncover risky behavior and red flag students … Read Full Story
One of the greatest challenges of K-12 education in Massachusetts is the readiness gap: Too many students graduate from Bay State high schools, having passed the required MCAS exams, but still aren’t ready to do college-level academic work.
More than … Read Full Story
By James Appleby
One of the major issues policymakers, healthcare providers, and average citizens alike need to focus on is how to improve pain management among older Americans.
Unsurprisingly, this population experiences more pain than younger Americans. Among active seniors, … Read Full Story
As Pope Francis makes his historic six-day visit to the United States, the “people’s pope” is expected to deliver a much-needed message about the power of reconciliation. If only we can listen to this spiritual leader with open hearts and … Read Full Storyread more
As amusing/ horrifying/entertaining as presidential candidates’ antics are, it’s time Massachusetts and Rhode Island voters tear themselves away from the reality show/presidential race and turn their attention to candidates in local elections.
In the coming weeks, voters will be asked … Read Full Story
By Margie McHugh
As immigrant communities and elected officials prepare to celebrate National Citizenship Day this Thursday, important services that focus on citizenship preparation are in danger of being eliminated as implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) … Read Full Storyread more
We’ve heard quite a bit about the yawning income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans, but there’s another gap families feel every day: the gap between their income and what it takes to support a family. A new analysis … Read Full Storyread more