Pot shops aren’t for everyone, but far more people are taking advantage of the state’s nascent retail marijuana industry than are actually patronizing those businesses. In the case of city and town halls, one might say, they’re addicted to the green.

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Pot shops aren’t for everyone, but far more people are taking advantage of the state’s nascent retail marijuana industry than are actually patronizing those businesses. In the case of city and town halls, one might say, they’re addicted to the green.

As sometimes happens in the murky legislative process, there’s a 1974 law on the books in Massachusetts that bans people of a certain age who are adopted from accessing their birth records. 

The United States has a crisis of representation in government. Women are 51 percent of the population, yet only hold 27 percent of seats in the House of Representatives. Over the last decades, a myriad of training programs, including leadership development solutions, have been created speci…

When a puck smacked the ice at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, on Monday night to start the last game of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s regular season, it heralded a little bit of hockey history. Willie O’Ree, wherever he happened to be, was surely smiling.

The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change.

Salem has a rich maritime history due to its deep-water port and technological excellence in using the wind to power its fleet of 18th- and 19th-century global trading vessels. At that time, wharves crowded the harbor as far as the eye could see, with dockworkers loading and unloading cargo.…

The Biden administration on Tuesday granted permission for what is described as the first utility-scale offshore wind farm near Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the first step in delivering on its promise to goose development of wind energy — a significant part of ending our reliance on foss…

There is a concept out there in the world that you are going to hear more and more about. It’s called “geoengineering.” I call it a “concept” as a corrective to its deceptive, practical-sounding name. For what could be more cautious, grounded, reality-based, and disciplined than “engineering?”

It’s hard to imagine why someone would operate a bathroom in a public facility such as a school, shelter or even jail without stocking basic personal care items. But in too many venues, particularly those used by people in vulnerable populations, access to menstrual products is an afterthoug…

Restoring the bald eagle population to healthy numbers in Massachusetts has been a decades-long project. The bird was once all but wiped out in the Bay State and the rest of the country thanks to the widespread used of the pesticide DDT in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Hemp has long had an identity crisis because it’s a type of cannabis, the same plant as marijuana, but without the THC that produces the “high” of pot.

Far from being a frail little old lady, my mother, Betty Crowe, has a wonderful, spontaneous, resilient sense of humor, the kind that can look into the face of darkness and laugh, which is something we could all use in a time such as this. So, in honor of her 71st Mother’s Day, here’s my mom…

May is one of my favorite months of the year. Our landscapes transform with brilliant colors, the days are longer and warmer, and our Salem State seniors are completing their academic degrees, ready to step out into the world, eager to make a difference.

One way Democrats and Republicans make sure they remain political gatekeepers, here and everywhere, is by keeping a firm grasp on whose name gets on the ballot, particularly for a statewide election. The process is exclusionary by design. Cracking it even a hair can be counted as a victory f…

It’s not like state education leaders have been relaxing without much to occupy their time, after more than a year spent ripping apart and rebuilding public education in a pandemic. But guidelines for screening for dyslexia, particularly in the elementary grades, are a long time coming.

The grass growing outside our windows may hold the largest overlooked means to meeting our goal of net zero carbon emissions. Treated right, lawns will pick up where the revised climate bill that Governor Baker recently approved leaves off. Lawns carpet our landscape. We’ve got plenty, more …

“I’m a frugal Finn,” my mother often announced by way of explaining her thriftiness. Frugality was in her Finnish genes, she claimed. Nonetheless, she sometimes carried it too far.

The difference between a policy and a law in state government is that the former can be ignored or altered, depending on who is in charge, and the latter carries the weight of the Legislature and the governor’s signature.

Paul Leighton’s piece on the donation of John Updike letters to the Beverly Farms Library by his son Michael the other day brings back fond memories associated with Updike and ... letters.

With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines expected to be approved for ages 12 and up in the very near future, a majority of parents (and pediatricians) are very excited and incredibly relieved to be able to protect their children from COVID-19 and help stop the pandemic. But there is also some ve…

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In his appearance before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Biden sought to answer Americans' questions about what direction he intends to steer the country. But Mr. Biden's speech, less a State of the Union Address than a statement about what kind of union he envisions, …

How many people other than myself are befuddled by the significant number of people who are refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19? I am aware that there is a political angle to it, with Trumpistas “supporting” the position of the secretly vaccinated Pinocchio. There is no cure for such …

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.”

Last week, ordinary people around the globe scored a victory. Admittedly, in a world filled with infinite troubles – the pandemic, racism, gross economic inequalities, and the nightmarish specter of global warming – this victory is but one development set against a bleak backdrop.

As a former chief of the Salem Police Department, I know firsthand the challenges and positive influence the role of chief can play in a community. Given the current unrest in local and national policing, this role is even more critical now than during my 25-year tenure.

It’s alarming that in this day and age an incumbent city councilor and now a mayoral candidate does not know how to represent Salemites from all walks of life, especially people, parents and/or family members of children (or adults) who have an intellectual disability. To ask SATV to edit ou…

It seems like yesterday we were scrambling like teenagers buying concert tickets to book appointments for a COVID-19 vaccination. Today the reluctance of some people to get the shot -- by choice -- is such that one governor is promising $100 savings bonds to lure people ages 16 to 35 into va…

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