Democratic Sen. Byron P. Harrison of Mississippi called the remarks "unfortunate in the extreme." Sen. Thomas E. Watson of Georgia wondered why it was necessary for the speaker to travel to the South "to lecture their people." Today's historians regard the address as surprising. And even a c…

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Democratic Sen. Byron P. Harrison of Mississippi called the remarks "unfortunate in the extreme." Sen. Thomas E. Watson of Georgia wondered why it was necessary for the speaker to travel to the South "to lecture their people." Today's historians regard the address as surprising. And even a c…

Over my 45-year career as a doctor — the last 36 as a clinical cardiologist in rural East Texas — I’ve struggled to make my peace with death.

Courageous journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia have just received the Nobel Peace Prize. Each of these remarkable leaders personifies great courage and reflects a nation experiencing challenge to internal repression.

In 2009, I was nominated to be the 16th supreme allied commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. While I had already served three years heading one of the military’s 11 combatant commands — U.S. Southern Command, focused on Latin America — this new job would be jumping into the deep end of the pool.

Most folks like to get through Halloween before thinking about Christmas. This year, however, a steady drumbeat of stories about cargo containers off the coast of California have us worrying whether there will be anything to put under the tree come December.

In the latest example of misunderstanding Massachusetts drivers, state Transportation Secretary Jamey Tesler outlined a proposal to the MassDOT Board of Directors to have empty buses drive in the breakdown late along a seven-mile stretch of I-93 during the morning and evening rush hours – to…

A week ago I had a two-hour conversation with a close relative of mine who is a full-time floor nurse at one of the largest and busiest hospitals in Worcester. We got together specifically to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and what some of its consequences have been for the nurses who have be…

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary heard testimony recently on a long list of criminal justice- related bills. Among them was H. 1797, An Act to Reduce Mass Incarceration, sponsored by state representatives Liz Miranda and Jay Livingstone.

A redistricting proposal designed to promote fair representation amid a changing Bay State demographic was in the forefront on Beacon Hill last week. If passed, some legislative districts would change dramatically, especially north of Boston.

Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children’s book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and proclaiming that the 2020 election was “rigged” and that Washington Democrats are t…

Right now, more than 70 people with unique skills from different sectors and diverse organizations are working together to help ensure all residents of Essex County have access to our increasingly online world.

In the second week of August the United Nations released a landmark paper, “A Code Red for Humanity.” This report is a partial release of a more detailed forthcoming paper on the viability of humans to continue to live on our planet in its trajectory in a negative reality.

The government of France bitterly denounces Australia’s decision to purchase nuclear submarines from the United States and Britain. One byproduct is cancellation of a sale of French conventional subs to Canberra.

The mural on the old Paint Factory overlooking Gloucester Harbor tells a story we’ve all been hearing for years, but in a bracing new way.

Author and policy expert Robert Kagan drew broad notice with his Washington Post essay declaring that the nation is “already in a constitutional crisis” and may be on the cusp of “mass violence,” but he is hardly the first to forecast democracy’s demise.

You don’t need to check results of the latest business survey to know many retailers and restaurants in the region are understaffed, but not by choice.

If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.

A bill to create safe injection sites, primarily prompted by an increase in overdose deaths amid the pandemic, is moving through the Legislature. Promoted as safe consumption locations and a harm-reduction strategy, these would be spaces where people can legally use pre-obtained illegal drug…

PITTSBURGH — In December 1833, a young man from Chester, N.H., moved to Washington to take up a position as a clerk in the House of Representatives, spending his first day touring the city with Rep. Franklin Pierce, who later would become president and a profoundly divisive figure in the country.

On Dec. 16, 2020, the city launched the Salem Skipper in partnership with Via. The Skipper is an app-based, on-demand transit service offering shared rides that operates within the city limits. The service has been available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1…

For hundreds of years New Englanders have looked to the ocean to make their fortune. Gloucester is America’s Oldest Fishing Port, its fleet famous for feeding a nation. Salem was long the center of the spice trade in North America and one of the busiest ports in the world.

The Afghanistan aftermath drama is underway, featured center stage in the always-intense theater known as the United States Congress. Generals Mark Milley and Kenneth McKenzie, respectively chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and commander of the U.S. Central Command, testified before Cong…

Last week saw a rare triumph of substance over politics in Washington. In testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke in favor of abolishing the debt ceiling. She’s right: The debt ceiling deserves to go. This strange quirk of U.S. budget pr…

The MBTA's woes have been much in the news lately, from a serious collision on the Green Line that sent a number of passengers to the hospital and lead to the firing of a driver, to a Red Line derailment and reports of rusting stairs and failing infrastructure.

Over the past 20 years, I have written more than 750 columns, numerous magazine pieces, and a 300-page book. All of them have focused on current events and the more significant forces and aspects of our society and world.

Before you check the ticket you bought for Monday night's Powerball drawing -- just in case -- you should know there was only one winning ticket for the $699.8 million jackpot, sold at a grocery store in Morro Bay, California. 

In August 2021, Fox News’ “Gutfeld!,” a late-night comedy-talk show hosted by right-wing pundit Greg Gutfeld, overtook “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in overall ratings.

Police intervened at the end of a raucous Andover Select Board meeting in August, with the town’s police chief ordering one person shouting about free speech to pipe down. In May, a crowd of anti-mask protesters caused the Timberlane Regional School Board to retreat from its in-person meetin…

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