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More housing alone won’t solve housing crisis

Legal rights for tenants must be part of the solution

CHARLINE LAKE has not unpacked her boxes. It has been more than a year since she moved to Arlington after her apartment building in Somerville’s Davis Square was sold. The new owner forced the tenants out by doubling the rent, harassing them with unannounced construction and utility shut-offs, and, finally, by serving no-fault eviction notices(...)

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Boston’s port needs attention

Update regulations, stop walling off harbor from city

IN A CITY AND REGION with a booming innovation economy, we run the risk of missing opportunities for growth and improvement that are hiding in plain sight.  For example, most people know that Massport owns and operates Boston’s Logan International Airport. What gets less public attention, but is equally deserving of recognition, is Massport’s role(...)

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Boston falls short on ‘inclusion’ classrooms

District not meeting standards for special education

BOSTON TEACHERS ARE passionate about fulfilling the promise of every child, and that’s why we support robust inclusion programs. Inclusion means that every student has an equal opportunity to learn, no matter his or her skills, abilities or learning styles. It’s not just an admirable goal, or a proposed pathway; it’s the law. Our Commonwealth’s(...)

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Remaking health care by redefining ‘good health’

ACA coverage is just the starting point

LAST MONTH’S FEDERAL COURT ruling declaring that Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional was yet another alarm-raiser for Obamacare customers around the country. Again, in the delicate realm of subsidized insurance, ACA customers were asking: Should I reapply? Is the ACA dead?  Will my coverage be canceled? The ACA remains the law of the land as(...)

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Ed funding problem most acute in low-income communities

Revised formula could greatly benefit Gateway Cities

IT’S A PROMISING SIGN that fixing how Massachusetts funds our K-12 schools has moved to the top of the agenda on Beacon Hill. The governor and Legislature acknowledge that the time has come to address the outdated Chapter 70 formula, which has shortchanged students across the Commonwealth, particularly those in middle- and low-income school districts that(...)

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Millionaire tax back in play

Supporters says new approach will sidestep constitutional issues

THE BACKERS of the millionaire tax are preparing to mount a second campaign to get it passed, but this time they are using an approach designed to sidestep the legal issues that derailed the constitutional amendment the first time. Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition pushing a 4 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million, said(...)

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Shutdown sending Trump poll numbers down

Series cracks emerging in president's base

“IF WE DON’T GET what we want … I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck.” That, of course, was President Donald Trump in an unexpectedly televised Oval Office confrontation with now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. No one but Donald Trump knows for certain why(...)

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Will Gillette get nicked or boosted by #MeToo ad?

Boston razor company dives into the culture wars

IF THERE WAS any doubt that heated debate and division can break out over nearly any topic in American life today, it’s been dispelled by the brouhaha over a new television ad by shaving giant Gillette. The nearly two-minute spot, which was rolled out on social media on Monday, is the Boston-based company’s response to(...)

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Will Gillette get nicked or boosted by #MeToo ad?

If there was any doubt that heated debate and division can break out over nearly any topic in American life today, it’s been dispelled by the brouhaha over a new television ad by shaving giant Gillette. The nearly two-minute spot, which was rolled out on social media on Monday, is the Boston-based company’s response to(...)

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