CommonWealth Staff

Stories by CommonWealth Staff

School start times zero sum game

One day after the Boston School Committee voted unanimously to change school start times next fall so teenaged students could get a little extra sleep, Boston Magazine published a story asking what took so long. “Why, in a state that is at the forefront of progressive policy and respects science quite a bit …, did(...)

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Is it time to talk about gun violence?

When Adam Lanza, an anti-social misanthrope who shot and killed his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, and then took her gun arsenal and slaughtered 20 six- and seven-year-olds and a half-dozen teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School for no apparent reason, many thought the long-awaited debate over gun violence would commence in earnest. After all the(...)

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‘They that go down to the sea in ships’

For centuries, New England fishermen have provided much of the seafood for the world’s dinner tables. In 1623, the nation’s first fishing port was started in Gloucester, which became synonymous with the industry, and its iconic fisherman statue stands as a stark reminder of the dangers of farming the seas. While many have romanticized the fishing(...)

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It’s now up to Hefner’s accusers

In the space of five days, Beacon Hill has offered us a glimpse of all the complexity and unfairness associated with allegations of sexual assault and harassment in a political environment. Four men, speaking anonymously to Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham, claimed that Senate President Stanley Rosenberg’s husband, Bryon Hefner, assaulted and groped them at(...)

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