Community Comment

More than 125 years ago, the great American author Mark Twain wrote of a killer identified by his own thumbprint. “There was one thing about a person which never changed, from the cradle to the grave,” Twain wrote of the loops and whorls unique to... Read more

For a hundred years she’s stood here,
Heard cheering, seen our tears;
Through all the good times and the bad
Fenway perseveres.
She’s baseball’s great crown jewel,
A treasure – this is why.
Look out there on her... Read more

To the Editor:

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, at a little after 1 p.m., teenagers began gathering at the tennis courts that are in Dorchester Park, in the Cedar Grove/Lower Mills neighborhood. Many of the teenagers were carrying either a twelve... Read more

Far too often, we read the news of tragic incidents involving sexual assault or domestic violence against women and children. The reality is, even more frequently these stories are left untold by victims who are still in shock or petrified by their... Read more

It’s hard to miss the higher cost of gas every time we fill up our cars these days, but the news media don’t do a very good job of explaining why.

There isn’t any mystery, though, if you read the financial press and oil industry sources: We’re... Read more

Nothing is more important to a community than the quality of its schools.  The future of our schools and our children’s education are at stake in the contract being negotiated now between the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Teachers Union (... Read more

Youth violence is a public health crisis in some of Boston’s most distressed neighborhoods. The odds of being a homicide victim are 39 times higher for young black makes as compared to young white males.

Boston Police records show that 45... Read more

The Catholic Church’s stance on contraceptive birth control is wrong and as a result is largely ignored by practicing Catholics.

There are two realistic methods to limit the size of families – now a matter of necessity not just for health... Read more

We have 240,000 people looking for work and nearly 120,000 open jobs today in Massachusetts. How can we have so much opportunity available and so many people still looking for a chance?  

Business leaders tell me over and over again that it is... Read more

To The Editor:

I attended and spoke at the MBTA hearing regarding service cuts and rate increases on Thursday night at the Dorchester House and was struck by the amount of frustration and anger in the room.

It seems to me that one of the... Read more

Kevin White reached the end of his tenure as mayor of Boston in 1984, and the last 28 years have done little to change the thumbnail biography. Widely hailed as a visionary who did so much to reshape and revitalize downtown Boston, he inspires... Read more

I park the truck near the World War II memorial and begin a routine walk along the causeway at Pleasure Bay in South Boston. The winter air is crisp and I zipper my coat against the chill wind coming off the harbor.

Doing the loops is an... Read more

Excerpts from U.S. Senator John Kerry’s remarks on the floor of the Senate on Jan. 31:

The mayor, the man

 In the shadows of Faneuil Hall, there is a statue today of Mayor White.  It stands 10 feet tall, larger... Read more

To the Editor:

Last month the Massachusetts Department of Transportation issued a request for proposals to develop Parcel 25, an open tract roughly bounded by Kneeland Street, Chinatown, the Leather District and Fort Point Channel. The RFP... Read more

That God is the uncaused cause has long been one of the principal arguments for a supernatural, all-powerful being. Some unexplainable, mysterious force must have begun the creative process, otherwise there would be nothing, or so the argument goes.... Read more