Editorials

Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage

November 4, 2016
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With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Governor, Charlie Baker, was among the very first prominent Republicans (he was number four, according to a recent article in the New York Times) to state on the record that he would not support Trump...
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Boston Parents say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...
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Letters to the Editor

November 4, 2016
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Voting is a family affair Dear Editor: I have been a proud Revere resident for nearly 11 years now alongside my husband, two daughters, and mother-in-law, all lifelong residents of Revere. One of the things that bonds our family is a shared love for our city, state, and country, as well as a tremendous...
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Why I Am Yes on 2

October 28, 2016
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By Marty Walz If all you know about Question 2, the ballot question that would lift the cap on public charter schools, is what you’ve seen on TV – chances are good you’re confused about how to vote. As the author of the current charter school law when I was a state Representative and...
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Question 2: Simple, Plausible, and Wrong

October 28, 2016
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By Jacob Oliveira and Mary Bourque The solution proposed by Question 2 is, to use H.L. Mencken’s phrase, simple, plausible, and wrong because it ignores other badly needed changes in charter policy and leaves students in district schools victims in its wake. What is wrong, is the funding formula. Recent editorials and political advertisements...
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Letter to the Editor

October 28, 2016
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On Voke School enrollment Dear Editor: Regarding Ron Jannino’s statement that Revere currently has more students at Northeast than ever before; that amount means nothing unless these 210+ students are receiving the best possible education from the most qualified instructors in the best and safest possible learning environment. I am concerned with a number...
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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

October 28, 2016
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Halloween will be observed this Monday, and that means that  scores of children and others will be roaming our streets during the early-evening hours as they go about their ritual of trick-or-treating in our neighborhoods. It is up to each one of us to be extra-observant if we are operating a  motor vehicle during...
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Letters to the Editor

October 21, 2016
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Please support scouting  Dear Editor: My name is Jeffrey and I am a Boy Scout with Troop 603 in Malden. During this time of year, our troop does fundraising by selling popcorn and coffee. Your purchase helps us fund many activities such as camping, hiking, science, and many other outings as well as maintenance for...
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Sad State of America

October 21, 2016
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We know we join with all of our fellow Boston-area citizens in praying for the speedy recovery of East Boston police officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris, as well as the two year-old Roxbury girl, who were shot this past week in separate incidents. The East Boston police officers were responding to a domestic...
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Opposing Recreational Marijuana, Question 4 on the November Ballot

October 14, 2016
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By Dost Ongur, M.D., There is ongoing public debate about legalization of marijuana – first for medicinal and more recently for recreational uses. Societal attitudes towards this issue have changed dramatically in a relatively short period of time. One issue that is not sufficiently addressed in this debate is the relationship between marijuana use...
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High Standards for Revere

October 14, 2016
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By Mayor Brian Arrigo, Senator Joe Boncore, Representative RoseLee Vincent, City Councilor President Jessica Giannino, Councilors Bob Haas, Steve Morabito, Ira Novoselsky, Patrick Keefe, John Powers, Arthur Guinasso and Joanne McKenna, and School Committee Members Susan Gravellese, Carol Tye, Stacey Rizzo, Michael Ferrante, Fred Sanella and Dan Maguire   As community leaders, we hold...
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Thank You, Attorney General Maura Healey and Bob Kraft

October 14, 2016
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There are few people who can get an entire high school to suspend teaching in the classroom and then hold a general assembly where the students are attentive for the entire talk. That is what happened on Tuesday afternoon, when Attorney General Maura Healey, and Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots gave...
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Fire Prevention Week

October 14, 2016
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Nothing can be more devastating than a fire in your home.  Years of memories can all but vanish as pictures, letters and mementos of a family’s lifetime are lost in the flames. And in some cases, a fire claims a life. We urge our readers to look around their house or apartment and do...
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Letters to the Editor

October 6, 2016
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OPPOSES QUESTION 2 Dear Editor: The Retired Educators Association of Massachusetts, the oldest organization in the state for retired educators, today announced its opposition to Question 2, the ballot question that would allow unlimited charter school expansion anywhere in the state, take millions of dollars away from successful local district public schools, and cause...
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Voters Should Pay Attention to the Four Ballot Questions

October 6, 2016
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On November 8, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to elect a new President of the United States as well as  other state and county positions on the ballot. However, voters need to pay attention to the four ballot questions that will have an effect on the Commonwealth in general. Voters should consider...
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Things I Never Knew about Hillary Clinton

October 1, 2016
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By Donna Segreti Reilly Before watching the Democratic National Convention (DNC), I knew that Hillary Rodham Clinton was the First Lady of Arkansas and the United States, and that she led the fight for universal health care but lost. I did NOT know, however, that she worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create...
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The Terrible Toll Of Addiction

October 1, 2016
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There are probably very few of us who have not been personally touched by the scourge of drug addiction either through family members or close friends. In many cases, the addiction lasts years between spells of sobriety and then the relapse back into the grip of addiction. In some cases, the addict overdoses and...
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Questions About Committee Pushing to Expand Slots

September 22, 2016
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By Susan Gravellese The group pushing for a slot parlor in Revere is calling itself the “Revere Jobs and Education Committee.” As the vice-chair of the School Committee, it was strange for me to hear of a group calling themselves the “Revere Jobs and Education Committee” without a single elected leader in the City...
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Fall Is Here — Make the Most of It

September 22, 2016
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Although those of us who are fortunate to live near the coast may choose the summer as our favorite time of year, fall is the top choice of many of our fellow New Englanders — and a close second for the rest of us — when we are asked what is our favorite season....
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Letters to the Editor

September 15, 2016
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Imagine life without water Dear Editor: On behalf of water and wastewater utilities throughout Massachusetts, I ask all residents to “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Thursday, September 15. On that day, a national coalition including water and wastewater officials, business and community leaders, and environmental organizations will raise public awareness about the vital...
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