Editorial: Gender wage gap hurts everyone

Editorial: Gender wage gap hurts everyone

It’s 2015, and women still don’t get the same pay as men for doing the same work. Not in finance, not in retail, not even in nursing.
A report released by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that while … Read Full Story

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Plans must be made for the increasing cost of aging

Plans must be made for the increasing cost of aging

The Great Recession took many Americans out of their jobs and into their savings. That’s not a good omen for the security of their retirements – and especially for their ability to pay for their care when they no longer … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Special ed shouldn’t just be for wealthy

Editorial: Special ed shouldn’t just be for wealthy

Here’s what you may need if you’re a kid with such severe special needs that the local public school can’t give you the kind of services that will help you: parents with a lot of money. That’s because many school … Read Full Story

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Your view: Death of the death penalty?

Your view: Death of the death penalty?

The trial of Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev feels more like an abstract contest about the death penalty than a battle between the federal government and a man accused of mass murder.
And it isn’t much of a contest, apparently, considering … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Time to review civil service hiring procedures

Editorial: Time to review civil service hiring procedures

A recent spate of hires by local municipal departments has led to troubling accusations and investigations.
Most recently, former Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson, who resigned March 11, and his brother, Capt. Shaun Robinson, on paid administrative leave since March … Read Full Story

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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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