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It's a life-long effort to become and remain a member of the "informed electorate" envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Besides having to seek out credible sources of information, the responsible … more
With Congress and the president creating trillion-dollar budget deficits, $100,000 seems like hardly enough to clean the carpets in the U.S. Capitol. However, when that relatively paltry sum appears … more
Massachusetts is finally moving toward bringing some order to the Wild West atmosphere that currently characterizes the state's short-term rental market. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway have … more
A recent report finding that about 12 percent of Massachusetts' state troopers made more than $200,000 last year strongly indicated that something was amiss, and an internal audit of Troop E exposed … more
The House has adopted new rules to address sexual harassment that should be adopted by the Senate as well and strictly enforced. An argumentative, and for the House unusually open, debate last … more
If there is one thing President Trump has taught us, it's that there is an unquestioned place for civics in a fully rounded American education. Had Mr. Trump absorbed the lessons in his civics class, … more
Ordinarily, the imminent destruction of the Dagmar Bubriski house on Hoxsey Street in Williamstown would be a non-event. It's a handsome but undistinguished yellow Victorian, of which many exist … more
Out of sight, out of mind. At least, that's what most people think when they see the word "flushable," as in "flushable wipes." Evidently, "flushable" home products have become so successful in the … more
In 1975, the federal government enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, mandating that every student in America was entitled to a "free and appropriate public education" in the "least … more
Today marks the last day of Sunshine Week, the annual mid-March tradition instituted in 2005 by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to raise consciousness among the public of the importance of … more
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