It’s less than 10 days before Iowans, possibly braving bitter cold and blowing snow, head to school libraries, church basements, community centers and veterans’ halls to begin the formal process of choosing the Democratic presidential nominee. The outcome is as uncertain as the weather.

An interpretive sign stands at the edge of the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, a 1,500-acre state conservation property in central Massachusetts. It explains the site’s open land vegetation has been shaped by “millennia of fire” – and that the recent exclusion of fire has led to de…

Fall is the season of promises in the Massachusetts Legislature, when lawmakers pass major pieces of legislation before heading home to tout their accomplishments over the holidays.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Seventy-seven years after he and almost 650 fellow sailors died when a Japanese torpedo sank his ship in the Pacific, the U.S. Navy announced it will name a new aircraft carrier after the African-American mess attendant who had become a hero in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

You’ve heard the call before and you’ll hear it again because the need to blood donors doesn’t end. But certain times of year push the blood supply to the limit, and shrivel the pool of potential donors of blood or platelets. 

On Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk are three options for reducing emissions from cars and trucks -- the largest source of heat-trapping carbon pollution in America. As we’re in the midst of a global climate emergency, the governor should be aggressive in his choice and support that which cuts the …

The police blotter wasn’t a good place to see your name in the newspaper even in the days before it ended up on the internet. Now, in this modern era, its digital twin is especially troubling for those among us who wish they could wipe away traces of their arrests. Online news is a tricky th…

Yes, it’s a daily regimen of mind games out there in the barnyard. Day after day, the animals think of new ways to assert their will over the feeding farmer guy who has to consistently out-think them to fulfill his chores. It’s a constant battle between them and me and between the animals th…

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 spaw…

If you have the misfortune of Alex Ovechkin being your favorite hockey player, then the upcoming NHL All-Star Game will be a letdown. The captain of the Washington Capitals is skipping the showcase, even though fans voted him to captain the Metropolitan Division squad. He cites the need to “…

Taken at face value, the White House is right to assert that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and not Congress, should be taking the lead on regulating so-called “forever chemicals” in our drinking water.

Alcohol prohibition became the law of the land 100 years ago — on Jan. 16, 1920 — following ratification of the 18th Amendment and enactment of the Volstead Act. Progressivism played a driving role, with Americans possessed by reformist fervor set to cure the ills of society by banning the m…

So what is it that opponents of the proposed Mattos Field combo East Gloucester and Veterans school want instead?

Last month a faculty member resigned from Salem State University. While such comings and goings are common in academic settings as elsewhere, this resignation should be cause for alarm. The university has lost yet another faculty member of color, the sixth in the last three years. In this in…

Living on Cape Ann, there is a good chance that somehow you are involved with boating. If you travel for any distance in a boat, you need to understand the basic principles of navigation. This includes how to use a compass to get you from point A to point B. When you follow your compass as y…

Conventional wisdom on manufacturing tells us that it is a declining industry with few pathways to lifelong, lucrative careers for young people making decisions about their futures. It’s time to seriously question that way of thinking.

My mother has dementia. We moved her into a Memory Care facility near my sister in North Carolina. When I visited in December, I took her to a matinee of “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” I knew Mom would enjoy it, but I had no idea just how richly the film would bless me.

Proper nutrition is an integral part of health care, so we offer a robust CHEERS to The Open Door for a project aimed at ensuring the region’s older population has ready access to fresh, healthy food.

We might be in a new decade in a new millennium but certain facts remain the same. And one of the core laws of the universe is that the trouble with jury rigs is when they work. Hmm, you might wonder, is that a problem? Oh yes, because, you see, when they don’t work, we move on to a another …

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Finally, the presidential campaign has entered the presidential election year.

The end of a decade is a fun time to reflect on what life was like at the start. In the 2010s, technology continued to advance and improve our lives. Things that once were science fiction, like driverless cars or virtual reality, are now viable and may soon become commonplace. However, we st…

With Kassandra Gove’s scheduled swearing in last night (Jan. 2) as Amesbury’s first female mayor – and, at age 34 the youngest person to hold that office – she joined several other women who hold the corner offices of city halls in our region.

Balancing work and family life is never easy for political candidates, who find themselves constantly in the spotlight while attending community breakfasts, lunches at the senior center and after-dinner campaign rallies. The task is especially difficult for candidates with small children.

Acts of hate happen every day somewhere in America, but rarely in such deadly form as the daylight massacre inside a Jersey City, New Jersey, kosher market on Tuesday. 

“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.

Hoorah, the year is almost over. We made it through another one, T-rump, Vlad, Rudy, Xi(whiz) and all.

The high school football season officially ended with the Super Bowl tournament, which was held at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7. Catholic Memorial, where I coach the kickers, played St. John’s Prep for the Division I Super Bowl title that evening. The Prep won the title by beating us…