Community Comment

By Rebecca Haag

If you don’t know your HIV status, you should.

Today, it’s easier than ever in Massachusetts to learn your status through your doctor thanks to a change in the state’s HIV testing law that goes into effect on July 26.... Read more

The corrupting influence of unlimited amounts of money from undisclosed sources is undermining our democracy. The Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision determined that corporations were persons and any limitations on corporate funding of... Read more

To the Editor:

I am troubled by news about the H. 137 recently covered in the Dorchester Reporter (“Single-sex schools bill on move”). This bill would permit single-sex public schools in Massachusetts.

Although single-sex schools are... Read more

To the Editor:

For thousands of Dorchester and Mattapan residents who work in Brookline, Newton, West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, the Fenway, and the Longwood Medical Area, the daily commute is going to become significantly longer and more... Read more

Backers of a ballot question allowing terminally ill patients to request and self-administer life-ending medications say they have gathered enough valid signatures to put a binding question before voters in November, and are now bracing themselves for... Read more

As of this month we have been married 50 years. I don’t view it as a great achievement; all you have to do is stay married and live long enough. It was June 16, 1962, just before the sexual revolution. Probably just as well, otherwise I may have been... Read more

The downtown office building at 178 Tremont Street across from Boston Common that is home to Action for Boston Community Development will be dedicated today in the memory of Robert M. Coard, the longtime leader of ABCD, Boston’s official... Read more

Gerard M. O’Neill’s new book, Rogues and Redeemers: When Politics Was King in Irish Boston, tells two interesting anecdotes that were fateful for Kevin White, Thomas Menino, and our city. O’Neill is the former head of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight... Read more

Childhood memories of playing hockey with my three younger brothers at a local rink in Worcester flashed through my mind recently as I entered the Emmons Horrigan O’Neil Memorial Rink in Charlestown.  Whether it was after school or on the weekends,... Read more

Commencement orations at all scholastic levels contain the same basic ingredients: praise for what the student congregants have done to get to that point in their lives; thanks to teachers and parents; a woe-is-us contemplation of the present; and... Read more

The following benediction was given by Rev. James Savage, BC High Class of 1962, as he and his classmates lifted their arms in prayer and salutation to the newly minted graduates of the Class of 2012 at the school’s commencement exercises on May 20:... Read more