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On Saturday, I got up at the crack of noon to take another crack at the COVID-19 vaccine sites. According to reports, they were officially available for my group, Phase 3. After shooing the cat off the bed, finding my slippers and logging on, it was 12:05 p.m.. Every appointment was taken, w…

The pandemic has reoriented work so that many of us are still meeting about budgets, strategy and sales from our kitchen tables and home offices rather than the workplaces we left almost a year ago. But the cubicle creatures among us who now measure commutes in feet instead of miles, and who…

With the solemnity befitting his office and empathy born from his own family tragedies, Joe Biden paid homage Monday night to the more than 500,000 people who have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.

Lawmakers from Lawrence, Winthrop and Boston have filed bills that would give system-wide, free rides on MBTA and regional transit authority buses, subways and trolleys on the day of state primary or general elections.

This is the last in a sequence of four columns about this political moment and the possibility of a reckoning within both the Republican Party and the citizenry as a whole. I have emphasized the importance of achieving – ultimately – a meaningful solidarity across the populace.

Surrounded as we are by breakdowns of science, engineering and imagination — just ask any of the Baby Boomers in Massachusetts who tried to register for a COVID-19 vaccination as the state’s website crashed Thursday — an image from a Mars rover landing the same day more than 129 million mile…

Early this month, a stealth group of about 100 Republicans "met" on Zoom to discuss forming a new political party. Nice idea. Noble, even. Imaginative. Maybe even inspiring.

Almost a month after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the lies and mistruths that have poisoned the public discourse continue nearly unabated. This time the hot air is coming from frigid Texas, amplified by talk radio hosts and cable TV pundits across the country.

I hear calls for “healing” on the part of some of the elected spreaders of the nest of falsehoods that led to the act of Insurrection against the Congress of the United States on Jan. 6. I am sickened. Particularly galling is the thought that a number of police and/or military (active or res…

You’ll find no stronger advocates for transparency on Beacon Hill than in this space, so naturally we were encouraged to hear that new House Speaker Ron Mariano wants a deeper look at the lobbyists working to sway our lawmakers and their votes.

Transparency is essential for democracy. It’s also pretty important for public health. So we can all be relieved that sewage systems tipping raw and partially treated effluent into our rivers and oceans will be made to alert the public within two hours of a spill, and provide regular updates…

My most recent columns have focused on the extraordinary polarization of our nation, the potential for unity and the need ultimately to reach an unprecedented level of solidarity among the citizenry. While both political parties share responsibility in this endeavor, I have stated clearly th…

Coronavirus was just surging across China this time last year — more than 1,770 deaths had been tallied since the outbreak began in December — and was seeping over oceans and across borders into other parts of Asia. Americans exposed while on a cruise ship were being flown by chartered jet f…

One of them campaigned for income supplements for veterans of the American Revolution. Another came into prominence for vetoing an inflated street-cleaning contract in Buffalo, New York. A third boasted of not being a Julius Caesar nor a Napoleon, but a “plain Hoosier colonel, with no more r…

One of them campaigned for income supplements for veterans of the American Revolution. Another came into prominence for vetoing an inflated street-cleaning contract in Buffalo, New York. A third boasted of not being a Julius Caesar nor a Napoleon, but a "plain Hoosier colonel, with no more r…

The number of cancer diagnoses plummeted by 20% at Beth Israel-Lahey Health providers last spring. In any normal year, that would be a cause for celebration.

Podokesaurus holyokensis was the recent winner in a statewide contest to pick an official Massachusetts state dinosaur. It was either Podokesaurus holyokensis or Anchisaurus polyzelus and more than 30,000 people voted online. Podokesaurus left that other critter in the dust, which, when you …

The events of the past year have been historic, particularly for Black Americans. We’ve celebrated the election of our country’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president, but we’ve also been harshly reminded that in the pursuit for racial equity and justice, there is still a steep …

In December of 2019, right before the pandemic moved across the globe, I completed a book about the many significant challenges we face here and in all countries. In nearly every sector of society – but especially in politics, technology, capitalism and resource use – we have huge problems.

Accusations leveled at one of the world’s premier businesses consultancies, McKinsey & Co., for its role in manipulating the market for prescription opioids sound a lot like the inner-workings of big tobacco as it tried to expand the market for its cancerous products no matter how hopele…

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