Opinion

It’s silly season — and Warren has to play along

It’s silly season — and Warren has to play along

We don’t learn much from game of presidential dodge-and-weave

THE TALK ABOUT the 2020 presidential campaign seems to be kicking into gear — and it’s getting tiresome already. It’s not the effort to try to divine the dynamics of an election that’s more than two-and-half years away that is most absurd — though that surely qualifies, too. What’s truly grating is the cat-and-mouse drama(...)

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Tolls may be best way to deal with congestion

Tolls may be best way to deal with congestion

We can either have free roads or roads that work

WHEN BOSTONIANS GET TOGETHER and engage in small talk the topics are predictable — sports, politics and of course the weather. But recently a new topic has risen to the top of the list — traffic congestion. It’s on everyone’s minds and the frustration is palpable. One small example tells the story for thousands of(...)

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Personalized learning is key to Mass. school success

Personalized learning is key to Mass. school success

Our No. 1 ranking comes from longstanding commitment to individualized learning

HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, we stand on the pinnacle of education greatness. Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education unveiled a new logo that highlights our well-deserved recognition as “Nation’s Best,” as we were No. 1 in the US in reading and math on so-called Nation’s Report Card, No. 1 in the world in(...)

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Tracking hospital community investments

Tracking hospital community investments

Progress has been made, but there’s still work to do

IN FEBRUARY, ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY released her office’s revised community benefit guidelines for hospitals and for HMOs—with scant media attention.  This surprised the two of us a bit, as many a health policy discussion in recent years centered on issues of greater hospital accountability for investing resources to advance community health status, as well(...)

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How does New Bedford compete against Boston?

How does New Bedford compete against Boston?

We can be something different – and even preferable

What follows is an excerpt from New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell’s prepared remarks for his state of the city address on Thursday. OUR SUCCESS WILL DEPEND on our ability to think strategically about the future of our city, and to work together to follow that strategy. As we ask ourselves how we can continue our success,(...)

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Mandating civics classes is a mistake

Mandating civics classes is a mistake

Proposed legislation is wrong approach to the right goal

IN THEIR RECENT opinion piece in CommonWealth, Alan Solomont and Arielle Jennings argue for mandated civics education and “An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” a bill making its way through the Legislature. As a former civics teacher and current high school principal, I fully support their goal and vigorously oppose their approach. Solomont(...)

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Time for action on pay equity for women

Time for action on pay equity for women

Legislature should pass paid leave and $15 minimum wage

TODAY, WE OBSERVE International Women’s Day, as women across the globe call for gender equality. Here in Massachusetts, 2018 could be the year we make major strides towards pay equity for women. In 2016, Massachusetts passed the strongest equal pay law in the country. When it goes into effect on July 1 of this year,(...)

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We’re not absolutists, we’re realists

We’re not absolutists, we’re realists

New gas pipelines won’t help us meet our 2050 climate goals

AS OUR STATE EXPERIENCED back-to-back 100-year floods, the Boston Globe’s editorial writers were busy this winter honing their case for expansion of natural gas pipeline capacity in New England that would make such flooding even more common. They’ve characterized opponents of new gas pipelines as being moralistic “purists” and “absolutists” who are willingly blind to(...)

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Medicaid dental coverage is failing the poor

Medicaid dental coverage is failing the poor

Spotty coverage, low reimbursement rates mean less care for patients now, bigger problems later

WE ARE LOSING a lot of really good teeth. “We” is our community of lower-income adults and children who depend on a broken Medicaid dental care system that short-changes their oral health and by extension, their long-term overall health. “We” also refers to the dental professionals whose responsibility it is to save teeth, but who(...)

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