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.

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…

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?”

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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…

Earth Day serves as a great opportunity for us all to think of what we love about the coast, and how the swimming, boating, fishing, clam digging, sightseeing, birdwatching, and other shoreline activities we enjoy depend on clean water. Earth Day is also a good time to think of our individua…

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and a couple of other weather global groups stated that 2020 smashed global warming records.

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The Dodgers are long gone, having abandoned their onetime spring-training home here a dozen years ago. The snowbirds are flocking north to New Jersey and Michigan as the springtime temperatures soar. But in this season of transition, all eyes suddenly are on Florida.

Trekking out to my research sites near North Carolina’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, I slog through knee-deep water on a section of trail that is completely submerged. Permanent flooding has become commonplace on this low-lying peninsula, nestled behind North Carolina’s Outer Ba…

Testimony by police officers against former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is seen as a courageous step that may start to crack the Blue Wall of Silence that protects bad cops. Sadly, there’s very little sign of such courage within the ranks of Republicans to go …

Last week a story came across my newsfeed, and it was so good I decided to use it in my Easter sermon. I’m pretty picky about embedding news stories in my sermons, especially in an Easter sermon, but please read on, and see what you think:

Just in time for Earth Day 2021, environmental advocates have recently enjoyed some major – and long overdue - successes. Only three months into the year and the forecast for dealing with the climate crisis seems to be looking up.

While I fully support the $1.9 trillion stimulus package approved by President Biden and Congress, its goals and its very existence provide object lessons in the contradictions and conundrums that American and global societies find ourselves in.

Our last dog, Samson, died in June of 2019, a month short of age 13. Because we’ve always had dogs, the search was on for another rescue mutt. My wife spent hours on PetFinder.com, a site that features shelter pets all over the U.S.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” It’s a familiar phrase once offered as an unfortunate playground defense to resolve social conflict. This statement’s inaccuracy is even more apparent now, given our polarized society combined with social media’s reach. Wh…

The Jan. 6 attack on Congress takes its place next to the other terrible national traumas of the past 60 years — the JFK assassination, the race riots of 1967-68, the Challenger space shuttle crash and 9/11. Like those other shocks to our national consciousness, Jan. 6 demands a seminal, swe…

Forty years ago, on March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot outside the Washington Hilton. So was James Brady, who later died as a result of his wounds, and two others: Secret Service officer Tim McCarthy and D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty. With Officer Delahanty was a dog nam…

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