Those who peer over the edge of suicide are in desperate need of help, not assistance. And while goading, pushing or encouraging someone to take their final step is not specifically a crime in Massachusetts, it should be.

If nothing changes, North Atlantic right whales are on track to become the first large whale to go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean in our lifetimes. Only about 360 remain. Every year, during their migration up and down the East Coast of North America, they run a gauntlet of millions of vertica…

More than ever we witness decisions that go directly against the preservation of environmental quality and protection of our natural resources on which we all depend including endangered species, commercial fish stocks, public lands including national forest and wildlife refuges, air quality…

There’s a story about Henry Aaron breaking into Major League Baseball that surely resonates with any Red Sox fan. The Milwaukee Braves were playing in spring training against the Boston Red Sox in Sarasota, Florida, on March 14, 1954, the story goes, when a 20-year-old kid called up to repla…

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Another sad milestone has come and gone in Gloucester: Ian McColl, 71, has passed from the scene. He was a familiar colorful fabric in our city’s tartan.

As the national death toll from COVID-19 soared over 400,000 this week – with 4,367 on Inauguration Day alone – the number of new cases keeps rising and medical personnel and government officials worry about a new variant first detected in the United Kingdom that has already hit our shores.

Wednesday’s swearing in of Joe Biden capped a 2020 presidential campaign unlike any other in recent memory, set as it was against a backdrop of a deepening pandemic, cratering economy and calls for racial justice.

The Massachusetts Legislature catches a great deal of criticism in this space, nearly all of it deserved. Frequent topics include its lack of transparency and, in some areas, painful inefficiency. A recent one involves the willingness of most members to accept an automatic pay raise despite …

Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts of President Joe Biden’s inaugural address, delivered at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Today, Inauguration Day, is a major test for democracy in America, a country that has struggled with profound divisions over the past year while facing the ongoing test of the pandemic.

For four years, the United States under President Donald Trump has been bedeviled by unsolved mysteries. Inquiries have been opened and never satisfactorily closed. Doubts exist where none are justified, and legitimate doubts have never been allayed.

Over 381 days from 1955 to 1956 when the Black population of Montgomery, Alabama, boycotted the city’s segregated buses, their protest was sustained by force of will and walking and community. Carpools organized by the Montgomery Improvement Association directed the resources and services of…

What a marvelous sight to see the fuzzy, goofy, crazy white dog that lives at our house cavorting around the field behind us. Her hair is shaggy, her mouth opened in as big a grin as can be grinned. Her smile lopsided but ear-to-ear with her tongue flapping out the side as some dogs do when …

There are many dangers ahead for that great survivor of American politics, Joe Biden. There is a deadly virus that is rampaging across the land even as it is mutating, economic challenges, a wealth and privilege gap that is widening, potential troubles with Iran, allies wary of America's com…

If you want to know what your neighborhood’s going to look like down the road, take a look at how it’s zoned.

Last spring, when the full weight of the pandemic slammed down with rising infection rates, widespread business and school closures and severe limits on our daily lives, many people were cheering the nurses, doctors and other medical personnel who bravely went off to work to care for those f…

The nearly year-long coronavirus scourge has been a disaster for the restaurant industry. An outright shutdown, followed by months of occupancy restrictions and an uncertain future have led nearly 4,000 Massachusetts restaurants to close their doors since last March.

The new year is off to a good start for state Auditor Suzanne Bump, who stands to make $8,700 more than she did in 2020. While her work may merit a 5% increase, now is hardly the time or circumstance for one of the state’s top elected officials to accept it.

Gloucester Celebration Corporation was established in 1998 to lead that year’s 375th anniversary of our community’s establishment in 1623. Established as a tax-exempt corporation, it provided a safe haven for the fundraising and planning required for a committee of dedicated community volunt…

The start of a new session puts a fresh sheet of paper in front of the Legislature, and judging by the number of bills already piling up, lawmakers are eager to fill the page. One of the most urgent ideas falls under the heading of old business, however, and that is Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan…

Bill Belichick has accumulated more wins as an NFL coach than anyone else alive, with the single exception of Don Shula. His teams have won more playoff games, won more conference championships and won more Super Bowls than those of any other NFL coach, living or dead. His trophy case runneth over.

Some days it’s hard to tell if progress is being made toward getting large numbers of people vaccinated against the coronavirus. If you’re in the “phase 3” portion – the general public – then April through June, as noted on the state Department of Public Health website, feels like a long way off.

A Massachusetts legislator can make a case that the work he or she does, if translated into another field such as finance, law or marketing, would command far more than last year’s $66,256 base salary on Beacon Hill. It’s a less compelling argument 10 months into a pandemic when hundreds of …

Viewers across America and throughout the world watched with horror and disillusionment Wednesday, Jan. 6, as a Trump-inspired insurrection resulted in the takeover of the U.S. Capitol and temporary disruption of the final step in the national election process. If you remember where you were…

Among the more striking images taken the day of the last presidential inauguration, on Jan. 20, 2017, were those showing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeting President-elect Donald Trump and future First Lady Melania Trump at the White House.

On March 17 I awoke in a vacation rental in Florida. My friend and I had changed our airline reservations and were leaving Florida four days earlier than our original departure date. President Trump had halted air traffic from Europe the previous week, colleges were closing campuses and goin…

State education leaders are taking smart steps to lower the stakes in the annual drudgery that is the MCAS in light of a pandemic that’s still keeping students and teachers from going back to classrooms full time.

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