Community Comment

When I was a boy and then a young man I hung out at a playground situated on just over two acres in the middle of St. Mark’s parish in Dorchester. It was set off by streets named Melbourne to the east and Brent to the south and Wainwright to the west... Read more

The Rev. Cathy H. George, Priest in Charge at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Dorchester has announced that there will be a series of free concerts held at the church at 14 Cushing Avenue beginning next Sunday, Oct. 18.

The first concert will... Read more

There are many ways to become dissatisfied with one’s lot in life. The list goes on: not the right job, not the right spouse, not enough money, and not appreciated. Nothing seems to be turning out the way you hoped or planned.

Sound familiar?... Read more

During the 1930s, the gangster Willie Sutton was asked by a reporter why he robbed banks. His famous reply: “Because that’s where the money is!”  If we look at where the bulk of federal spending goes, it is clear that the military budget is â€... Read more

Health care professionals need to do more to educate parents, grandparents, and other relatives who assist new mothers in child care of current recommendations and discuss the risks and benefits of their choices for infant sleeping practices.

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There’s an anecdote of modest historical note that came out of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, the president, in hat and tails, standing at the top of the steps of the Capitol in the cold, and noticing among the swells a minor political figure from... Read more

I have a brother in western Massachusetts. He recently turned 65 and is as handsome as ever. One of his neighbors hung a sheet near his cabin with “65 & HOT” painted in big red letters.

He has one of those heads that looks good shaved,... Read more

Three years ago, I didn’t have the courage or confidence to address a room full of people.

In May, I stood on the stage in Alumni Hall at Stonehill College explaining to trustees, donors, and alumni how the William Devin Scholarship has given... Read more

The full moon is traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity, and various magical phenomena. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence proving these effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon.... Read more

Firefighters are often first on the scene and last to leave. We risk our safety to keep residents of the city safe. On this eighth anniversary week of 9-11, we remember the 343 firefighters lost in that tragedy, and recognize Boston firefighters, past... Read more

I cannot understand the so-called “Christian Right.” They profess to be Christians but their political philosophy strikes me as decidedly non-Christian.

What is so Christ-like about the distorted, hateful campaign they continue to wage not... Read more

On Friday morning at 1:45, I left the John F. Kennedy Library having joined tens of thousands who paid their respects as Senator Ted Kennedy’s body lay in repose there.

At 5 p.m. the previous evening, my wife and I had gone to see the... Read more

I am at an age where a few of my friends have lost their wives. The period of adjustment appears deeper and longer than for wives who lose their husbands. But then I’ve always believed that women alone are more independent and self-sufficient than... Read more

Hundreds of the streets that make up neighborhoods in and around Boston are littered with garbage. This lack of consideration for the environment greatly lowers the quality of life in these neighborhoods. In my town of Mattapan there are at least... Read more

A Reporter story in the Aug. 13 edition quoted Eric Lindsey of The Bentley Real Estate Group as saying that the Section 8 market is “killing the regular market.”

That’s a ridiculous and inaccurate statement. The Section 8 voucher program... Read more