The decline of a nation usually is the result of internal forces that undermine its strength and confidence. The likely nomination of Donald Trump and the possibility of his being elected president is more than alarming; it’s perilous. I have lived... Read more
As our communities face a dramatic uptick in opiate-related deaths and overdoses, state and city policymakers are working together to find ways to increase the quality and availability of treatment facilities for those in need, as well as address... Read more
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was a brilliant and charismatic exponent of the so-called “originalist school.” He believed the Constitution should be interpreted and applied within the context of what the framers intended when it was... Read more
It’s Bernie Sanders for me. Aside from the Brooklyn accent and the frank, candid, New Yorkish way we share of expressing ourselves, my vote doesn’t only confirm my faith in Bernie, my vote reflects my conviction that it’s time we be ‘moving on’. ... Read more
It was at the historic Mother Bethel AME church in Philadelphia where I heard Hillary Clinton discuss human trafficking with a depth and decency that moved me.
Any candidate for office, myself included, prepares for the questions we get asked... Read more
Though supporters of legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave requirement in Massachusetts hope to see a version of the bill signed into law this session, key details of the proposed policy — including who would pay for it — are... Read more
I recently attended the Gasparilla Festival while visiting my son in Tampa. It’s a huge Mardi Gras-like event held since 1904 to commemorate the capture of the city, so the legend says, in the late 1700s by a Spanish pirate named Jose Gaspar and his... Read more
To the Editor:
Friday (Feb. 12) is the deadline for public comment on the MBTA’s two options to increase fares. I urge Reporter readers to speak up.
An affordable and accessible public transportation system is a measure of equity in a... Read more
Have you been following the news on the proposed MBTA fare hikes? While there seems to be an overwhelming amount of disapproval based on economics, the environment, and public health impacts, I think we are missing a critical framing on the issue. At... Read more
By Lew Finfer
Last week, the University of Massachusetts confirmed what has been clear for several years now: They are moving ahead with a plan to build a 1,000 bed dormitory complex on the Dorchester campus of UMass Boston. The Columbia Point... Read more
Do you know what a “middle-skill job” is? It is any aspect of work that requires some type of training or education beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.
Do you know which country is having the most difficulty placing... Read more
No matter how hard we try, the Bowdoin/Geneva (B/G) neighborhood in Dorchester can’t seem to get ahead. Whether it’s the business district or the residential area, it seems that what is the norm elsewhere does not hold true here. For this article, I... Read more
Sometimes I think I need a girlfriend; not a new wife, just a companion, a friend with whom to share the lonely hours. At other times, I think that would be disloyal. It would suggest that someone could replace my late wife. I don’t want to convey the... Read more