Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards.

WASHINGTON — After three failures as the Democratic presidential nominee (1896, 1900, 1908), Nebraska’s William Jennings Bryan, a populist teetotaler, told a story about a drunk who, after being hurled out of a club a third time, dusted himself off and said: “They can’t fool me. Those fellow…

Old Sturbridge Village, the historical restoration village of old homes in central Massachusetts may seem an odd place to begin thinking about the future of work. In fact why be concerned with the future of work at all? The answers are intertwined.

The greatest metaphor in the Western world is Psalm 23 in the Hebrew Bible. How do I know this? I was taught to say it as a child, and I puzzled over it. I took it quite literally.

Two years ago last month I wrote a letter to the editor about the dangers of pit bull attacks, not only in this country but all around the world. My letter was based on research of these aggressive and dangerous dogs over the previous 10 years and an attack on three innocent people at the Se…

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The right to vote has been a benefit of American citizenship since the Republic’s 1776 founding. Reserved exclusively for citizens, whether native-born or naturalized legal immigrants, it is a right not taken lightly nor given freely to those for whom it was never intended.

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards.

At the time of the American Revolution, the future United States was a small, Colonial backwater on the world stage. There were an estimated 2 to 3 million people living here.

Here’s the premise: you’re in a bunker in the postapocalyptic world. (I’m assuming that, by the date of publication, this will still be a “premise.”) You’ve managed, almost magically, to bring with you the 10 movies, but only 10 movies, you’ll be able to watch for the rest of your days.

WASHINGTON — When the Senate acquits the president, he will launch a vindication tour proclaiming that his prosecution was persecution that validated his coveted victim status: Crybaby conservatism's leader has been tormented by unhinged elites. The entire impeachment episode might boost his…

On Nov. 12, 2019 the world was transfixed with images of Venice underwater. It was mesmerized with the beautiful St Mark’s Square inundated by the highest tide in 50 years.

After reading a few recent comments and letters regarding the Institution for Savings’ plans to expand its main office at 93 State St., I am writing to correct some inaccuracies, misstatements and to set the record straight.

As far as rollouts go, the Institution for Savings announcement of its new expansion plans for its addition on what is now its main branch parking lot has been a public relations fiasco. Just about everyone in our city’s “who’s who” list was totally blindsided: the mayor, the Ward 2 city cou…

President John F. Kennedy’s book “Profiles in Courage” celebrated senators who stood for unpopular positions that, in their opinion, supported American democracy.

For those who aspire to become true New Englanders, there are a few things you should know. First, New Englanders are not any smarter than people in the rest of the country, and second, while it may not be a bad place to live, there are many better places. Actually, if native New Englanders …

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate and Environmental Stewards.

The allegations in Ronan Farrow’s recent book, “Catch and Kill,” that top execs at NBC News had quashed his revelatory reporting on Harvey Weinstein —NBC’s loss was The New Yorker’s gain — ripped open in me old psychic wounds.

As I stood at the stove last Sunday afternoon, cooking sausage, I realized I was: 1.) wearing an old robe; 2.) with an apron over it; and 3.) had on a sweater over the whole thing.

MADRID — An hour’s drive northwest of here, in the Valley of the Fallen, is a residue of Europe’s past that suggests what the continent’s future would have been if fascism had not been defeated in the previous century.

WASHINGTON -- Ten years ago, an earthquake rumbled through this city and then beyond the Capital Beltway, sending shock waves into presidential politics and even into the state legislatures. It changed the way candidates campaigned and almost certainly altered who won those campaigns. It spa…

Editor’s note: This is one in a continuing series of guest opinions about fostering environmental stewardship. The series is coordinated by ACES, the Alliance of Climate & Environmental Stewards.

You no doubt remember the old line attributed to Ben Franklin when he was asked what kind of government the Constitutional Convention had created: “A republic, if you can keep it!” Well, I’ve noticed an interesting thing in recent years: it’s got bipartisan appeal. 

I did not grow up in the America of today. My elementary school principal took great risks to enable students to acquire skills that would equip them to not only survive in a world of constant conflict, but to become happy contributors to society. What happened?

WASHINGTON — There are 99 better, or at least less abject, senators. However, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is inadvertently useful by incessantly demonstrating the depths to which senators sink when they jettison institutional responsibilities to facilitate subservience to presidents of their par…

Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people in the 10 to 24 age group. For all we know and have studied, the incidence of suicide in young people continues to increase in our country. Each day in America, 3,069 high school students attempt to take their lives. This …

On the evening of Jan. 16, 1991, I sat between my fiancé, Michael, and my father on a coral-silk brocade couch in Palm Beach as we watched television in my aging uncle’s claustrophobically small and poorly air-conditioned living room. We were in Florida to celebrate my 34th birthday earlier …

“Find the cost of freedom” wrote Stephen Stills in 1970 upon visiting a Civil War site. Those who fought and died to defend our freedoms are indeed “buried in the ground” as Stills and company sang.

WASHINGTON — Presidential impeachments are inevitably fueled by reciprocal political furies, so the Senate’s role, although called a trial, is imperfectly analogous to one. Senate jurors are, by profession, partisans; none is disinterested.

History is not merely the recording of events but rather the impact of those events on human beings. To put a face with an event is to make a personal connection.

Tabloids report a myriad amount of news and you may have a favorite newspaper or magazine that you hope has all the news fit to print. But, alas, that may not be the case and, if so, here are a few you may have missed.

In December 1944, Nazi Germany launched what would be its last major offensive campaign during World War II. This attack caught the Allied forces in the Ardennes Forest by surprise, and in the ensuing battle – the Battle of the Bulge – our troops faced record low temperatures, dwindling supp…

Shortly after my father died I put his ashes in a plastic vial and hiked up Coal Hill behind our house in Franconia, New Hampshire.

“In the bleak mid-winter” of Christina Rossetti’s 1872 poem, Salvation Army bells and tinnitus warring for headspace, I am haunted by those who did not get to see December cast its chill upon the northern latitudes once more.

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