Community Comment

The release last week of an armed career criminal from his prison sentence on gun, ammunition, and drug convictions shows just how serious the ongoing crisis at a Department of Public Health drug-testing facility is and how that crisis will affect... Read more

To the Editor:

I am an extremist. In a September 20 opinion piece in the Dorchester Reporter ("City gets reform"), Mayor Menino defended... Read more

In January I made a promise to our city’s parents and children. Our families would like a school choice system that passes the common-sense test. Today’s system does not.

In the Bowdoin/Geneva area of Dorchester, where families speak 15... Read more

Remarks to the External Advisory Committee on School Choice
Superintendent Carol R. Johnson
Monday, September 24, 2012

Let me begin by acknowledging Mayor Menino and the tremendous team efforts that have... Read more

Do those who achieve what we define today as success actually merit it? Are those who attain wealth, power, and status really better than the rest of us? Republicans tend to stress the importance of the individual. Wealth, in particular, becomes the... Read more

Today, here in Boston and nationally there is a lot of conversation about teachers unions and contract negotiations – from political posturing to a strike in Chicago.   I can imagine how difficult it is to separate the substance from the noise. 

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Two transformative opportunities for the Boston Public Schools hung in the balance as students began the new school year. First, students desperately needed a longer school day and a system that kept good teachers in the classroom. Unfortunately,... Read more

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for allowing me to serve you in the Boston City Council as your District 3 Councilor from Dorchester. I want you to know that over the last nine months I have been working tirelessly to ensure that... Read more

In 2008, Scott Brown sought and received the endorsement of the AFL-CIO in his campaign for re-election to the state Senate. Brown did not try to hide his Republican leanings, but he did stress his support for the issues important to the working people... Read more

This is the month of separation for families across America as tens of thousands of teen-agers make their first big leap toward the world where adults live, work, and play. It’s move-in time on the country’s campuses, a time fraught with anxiety for... Read more

It was built on a bluff overlooking Vineyard Sound around 1900 by a wealthy mining executive and was one of the first structures on what at the time was a lonely stretch of beach between Woods Hole and Falmouth not far from Nobska Light. The history of... Read more

No, Mitt Romney is not claiming Irish heritage to pander for Irish-American votes here or elsewhere. He’s also not claiming publicly his investments in Ireland. No surprise there. After all, as Ann Romney bluntly told ABC’s Robin Roberts: “We’ve... Read more

To the Editor:

Imagine being diagnosed with a disease that would likely take your life in a year or less. Unfortunately, this is the reality for those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as 74 percent of patients die within one year of diagnosis... Read more