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
Over the last 10 years, the workload of the federal immigration court system has increased by 146 percent to an astounding 453,948 active cases at the end of July. The average amount of time each of those cases has been … Read Full Storyread more
Letter to the editor: Regional Director for the Azorean Communities, a mirror of strength for the Portuguese community’s commitment to traditions
This past weekend we saw Portuguese pride at its highest level as the city celebrated its annual Holy Ghost Feast, with many dignitaries in attendance who traveled far to be part of this historic event.
Among them was Paulo Teves, … Read Full Story
As a local physician and Associates for Human Services, Inc. Board of Directors member, I am writing because September is Baby Safety Month. What better time to assist young parents, and care givers, to safeguard their precious children by anticipating … Read Full Storyread more
The federal government is heading toward a fiscal train wreck, and it’s far from clear how lawmakers will avoid it.
Due to partisan polarization on Capitol Hill, the U.S. currently taxes and spends on the basis of temporary legal authorities, … Read Full Story
Be prepared: In the next few months your trips to the grocery store will be interrupted by earnest people seeking your opinions – or at least your signature – on a wide range of issues facing Massachusetts. Groups have filed … Read Full Storyread more
The Wall Street Journal
Republican critics of U.S. immigration policy have long claimed that they welcome legal immigrants. That claim is going to be tested now that Donald Trump has unveiled a policy outline that would deport millions and sharply … Read Full Storyread more
The state of Massachusetts now estimates the total lives lost to prescription painkillers and heroin in 2014 at 1,256. A 34 percent increase over 2013. An 88 percent increase over 2012.
But ask any firefighter, police officer and paramedic who, … Read Full Story
President Obama unveiled the final version of his signature climate change policy on Monday, to aggressive attack and enthusiastic cheering.
In a rational world, legislators would take this as an opportunity to inaugurate a debate, not about whether the country … Read Full Story
The Dallas Morning News
Debate over the nation’s broken immigration system is certain to grow hotter as presidential campaign season approaches. So get ready for lots of inflammatory terminology like “anchor babies” to describe aspects of immigration policy that hard-liners … Read Full Storyread more
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