Still awaiting for your response on parish ‘tax’ Bishop da Cunha

Still awaiting for your response on parish ‘tax’ Bishop da Cunha

Open letter to Diocese of Fall River Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha

By António C. Teixeira

Since the implementation of the assessment fee imposed upon all Fall River parishes by the diocese, we have noticed a decline in donations for … Read Full Story

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Regulations stifling American dream

Regulations stifling American dream

By Anthony Davies
and James R. Harrigan

Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that … Read Full Story

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Putting ‘Our Kids,’ child poverty on the political agenda

Putting ‘Our Kids,’ child poverty on the political agenda

Let’s not talk about the presidential campaign, which is devolving into a mudfight that’s only likely to get worse. Let’s talk about something the candidates would all be talking about, if our politics weren’t so weird: Our kids and their … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Bill could benefit families dealing with mental illness

Editorial: Bill could benefit families dealing with mental illness

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 422 to 2 this month to pass a bill that overhauls our approach to mental illness.
The bill could empower family members, who are on the front lines of the efforts to deal with … Read Full Story

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Stuck in the shadows

Stuck in the shadows

On one level, it’s unsurprising that the Supre-me Court deadlocked 4 to 4, after an appeals court split 2 to 1, in considering President Barack Obama’s sweeping executive action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. As a legal … Read Full Story

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Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for world economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Britain’s vote to leave the European Union adds a heavy dose of uncertainty to a world economy that is still struggling to reach full speed years after the global financial crisis.

The most immediate pain will … Read Full Story

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Hate, terrorism and politics

Hate, terrorism and politics

Once again, mass violence has taken the lives of innocents, this time at a nightclub in Orlando. As has happened too often these last few years – at the Boston Marathon in 2012, a Colorado movie theater a few months … Read Full Story

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Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

Letter to the editor: R.I. House oversight seeks more efficient state government

By Rep. Patricia A. Serpa

A little over a month ago, I was proud to be appointed the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight. In my new role, my focus will be making government work for Rhode Islanders. I … Read Full Story

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Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

Let’s not squander the talents of our immigrants

It is often said that the problem with immigrants is that they’re poor and contribute only their cheap labor when they get here.
But rarely discussed is the fact that the United States does a terrible job of enabling the … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Editorial: Shoring up Social Security

Just about everyone dreams of a secure retirement at the end of our working days. Unfortunately, few of us are prepared to make that dream a reality.
The average American family has only $5,000 in retirement savings, according to an … Read Full Story

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Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Fixing mental health system could prevent more tragedy

Tragically, Taunton now joins the expanding list of American communities where innocent lives have been lost in horrific acts of mass violence. An 80-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man are dead, along with the mentally disturbed man who took their … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Editorial: Better deal for nursing home workers

Nursing homes are mostly operated by private entities, but government pays most of the bills.
MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, plays a dominant role in nursing ho-me financing. But the state Legislature has frozen Medicaid rates for years. As a … Read Full Story

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Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Guarding the privacy of smartphones

Americans must never stop watching the people watching us. It’s as vital as ever, as federal officials keep trying to exploit fear of terrorism to break down our civil liberties.
The fight between law enforcement officials and digital privacy advocates … Read Full Story

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Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

Portuguese feast is packed with fun-filled tradition

By Rich Taber

There are 102 years of tradition packed into the 2016 Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, and this year’s event is now less than 100 days away. Saying it’s just around the corner rings true in more than … Read Full Story

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Editorial: Independents deserve equal ballot access

Editorial: Independents deserve equal  ballot access

Imagine if states prohibited some citizens from voting based on their po-litical beliefs. The reaction, justifiably, would be outrage. Yet about a dozen states already do exactly that, with hardly a word of protest.
Much of the current national debate … Read Full Story

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Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

Don’t expect less of low-income minority students and their families

By Esther Cepeda

We’ve heard for years that when it comes to African-Americans, Hispanics and low-income minority communities in general, expectations for academic achievement are low.
Indeed, the Center for American Progress found in 2014 that 10th-grade teachers thought African-American … Read Full Story

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Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

Grândola Vila Morena: the providencial siren that began the coup

By Patrick Alexander Medeiros

Funny enough, I had never heard the original recording before I had arrived in Portugal. “Grândola, Vila Morena” was always just something vague and exciting that my family and I would bellow at regular gatherings, to … Read Full Story

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Reasons for optimism on the economy

As we all know from listening to the campaign rhetoric from candidates of both parties, the U.S. economy is in disastrous shape. China and Mexico are stealing jobs right and left – per Donald Trump – and most people are … Read Full Story

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