Have you gotten the call yet? The one where the angry, serious, taped voice is darkly threatening you that Internal Revenue Service agents are at that moment loading their van to send their top team to your house to arrest you for tax fraud that very day. Images fly of them busting down your…

In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has ordered the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton to provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce while he is in jail. The ruling is novel, determining that withholding opioid treatment medication could violate federal laws and the Constitution.

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Have you gotten the call yet? The one where the angry, serious, taped voice is darkly threatening you that Internal Revenue Service agents are at that moment loading their van to send their top team to your house to arrest you for tax fraud that very day. Images fly of them busting down your…

In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has ordered the Essex County House of Correction in Middleton to provide methadone to Geoffrey Pesce while he is in jail. The ruling is novel, determining that withholding opioid treatment medication could violate federal laws and the Constitution.

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — He was, like Calvin Coolidge, an introvert. He was, like Theodore Roosevelt, a battler. He was, like Bill Clinton, a policy wonk. He was, like Donald Trump, a polarizing figure. He was, like Warren Harding, a scoundrel. He was, like John F. Kennedy, a dreamer. He was, l…

There’s a style of intellectual laziness that ignores the merits of a proposition in favor of other considerations that obscure the differences among conflicting points of view. One version of this is called false equivalency, but I like the colorful term Whataboutism.

Two men in Illinois, Tom Johnson and Bill M’Intosh, had a problem. They both claimed they owned land previously bought from the Piankeshaw Indians 45 years earlier. Their dispute went all the way to the Supreme Court of the new nation of America. It was 1823, and folks were just figuring out…

The recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report on food insecurity for college students confirmed what those of us in colleges serving lower-income students already know: Many students are so poor that they go without much food and are persistently hungry. This level of hunger is not…

With the start of 2019, tobacco control advocates throughout Massachusetts are celebrating. As of Dec. 31, we became the first state in the nation to prohibit health care institutions, including pharmacies, from selling tobacco and vaping products. Thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Charli…

Thirty years ago, during the 1988 presidential campaign, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush took a boat ride across Boston Harbor and derided the environmental record of his rival, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, calling the polluted waters a “harbor of shame.” Bush was right. For deca…

Hamilton thinks it’a so smart having a smash musical on Broadway but Rockport now has its revenge: its very own musical. Not on Broadway -- but on Jerden’s Lane. That’s because the new original musical comedy “Living the Island Life” plays this Saturday night (7 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.) on …

Like nearly all Americans, I am the offspring of immigrants. The peasant farmers whose family name I inherited came from Ireland. They left a homeland savaged by famine, trading the grim reality of financial ruin and starvation for the promise of a better life. They were part of what might b…

TWIN MOUNTAIN, N.H. — When, 120 years ago, the New Hampshire poet Edna Dean Proctor saluted this state’s “cliffs, her meads, her brooks afoam” and spoke elegiacally of the “white-robed heights” of its mountains, she identified perhaps the mostly enduring characteristic of New Hampshire — its…

The overflow crowds and effusive responses to Elizabeth Warren’s public speeches in Iowa over the weekend said a few things about the mood of the state’s Democrats: They’re neither hung up on fresh young faces, as some pundits would suggest, nor shying away from female candidates or those br…

If you’ve watched any NCAA football or basketball this holiday season, you’ve consumed the trademark commercial messaging celebrating “amateur student-athletes” whose talents on the court or playing field help them earn world-class university degrees and “go pro in something other than sport…

People collect many things. Some are things of status. Some of rarity. Some are merely great memories that mean nothing to other people. This is one of those: my own piece of collectible history.

A lot of Republicans still believe in the power of competition. A poll in November indicated that 40 percent of them, and 72 percent of all Americans, would like to see President Donald Trump face a primary challenge.

The 116th Congress will be the most diverse in U.S. history: 126 women will take office, including 43 women of color. Yet, as many have noted, this new diversity is confined to one side of the aisle.

As yet another government shutdown dominates the news cycle, the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center on the North Shore of Boston, along with 55 other Massachusetts community-based sexual and domestic violence organizations, are scrambling to prepare for any ripple effect on cash flow that could thr…

Gloucester’s planning for its 400th birthday in 2023 took solid steps forward in 2018. As co-chairs of the anniversary’s steering committee, we are pleased to present this year-end report to the community as well as a forecast of things to come in 2019.

As I prepare to begin my fifth term as Essex district attorney, I have reflected on this job and why I am so privileged to serve the people of Essex County in this capacity. The commonly understood role of the district attorney is prosecuting crime and speaking for crime victims in criminal …

Here’s a plan to break the shutdown logjam. It’s also called Politics 101. Congress makes a deal between the parties to pass the original spending continuing resolution (without wall funding) by a veto-proof majority. It’s not asking anyone to change team jerseys, as both sides have already …

As 2018 draws to a close, small businesses look back at what has been a particularly trying year. The state Legislature piled on two costly new mandates, including the most onerous paid leave law in the nation and a $15 minimum wage. Looking to 2019, here are some suggested New Year’s resolu…

I have some New Year’s resolutions I want various politicians and other officials to make, and so I imagined a stage, dreamed about their getting together and uttering chosen words, and noticed President Donald Trump speaking up.

Though books about history — by writers such as David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin and others — sell briskly, the future of the past in American life is facing some stern mathematics:

This past week, the president of the United States may have significantly increased the likelihood that his presidency is in danger. He lost the House of Representatives in November. And last week he undermined Senate Republicans at a time when he’s facing more than a dozen federal and state…

As U.S. political parties diverge ever more distinctly into a defender of the old and the past versus an advocate of the young and the future, corporate America — at least the parts with consumer-facing business — is increasingly two-faced.

For many, the Christmas holiday season extends beyond Dec. 2 to what is known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I personally feel that it should be viewed as a season that extends throughout the year.

The pre-Christmas barnyard night is dark, with air so thick it feels like you can cut it with a knife. Deep blue skies and black forests wrap around the fields as biblical faces peer into the mystery. But they are comforted.

They emerged from the dark side of the moon at a dark moment in American history, and with one click of a Hasselblad 500E camera and 10 verses from the Book of Genesis, three explorers, farther from their home planet than any humans had ventured before, made a statement of peace on Earth and…

John Kerry has been a superb public servant, beginning with his heroic service in Vietnam and extending through a 28-year career in the Senate and a productive four-year stint as secretary of state. He is as qualified as anyone in U.S. history to serve as president of the United States.

A couple of weeks ago at an interfaith service in the chapel of Beverly Hospital, I heard a beautiful poem by artist/poet Jan Richardson. It is called “Blessed Are You Who Bear The Light.” The first lines read: “blessed are you who bear the light in unbearable times, who testify to its endur…

I won’t bore you with statistics about dementia unless I can make them meaningful to you, which I believe I can. A frame of reference should help. The percentage of Americans with dementia is about one-quarter the number of Americans struggling with substance abuse, which is considered an ep…

Hi, Sefatia. Hard to get through to you these days. I bought 40 raffle tickets to be able to have lunch with you at the First R party but didn’t win. Sigh ... I never win those things.

In 2015, the Gloucester Police Department adopted the Angel program in order to change its approach to dealing with addiction. Prior to the change, those dealing with opioid addiction were faced with two options: self regulate or face criminal charges. Under the Angel program, even those who…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state of nature before civilization. The Austro-Hungarian Empire. Financial instability. Politics in Brazil. Refugees from Honduras. The philosophy of the Canadian thinker Charles Taylor. Paul von Hindenburg. The perils of automation. A French railway car. Thomas Ho…

Editor’s note: All year, the Gloucester Daily Times has partnered with the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann to test your knowledge about our country. This is the last quiz in the series.

This holiday season I’m taking it upon myself to warn my fellow North Shore residents about a deadly menace. Is it the latest strain of flu, circulating where crowds gather? Is it hackers, stealing information from shoppers’ credit cards? Is it salmonella, breeding inside the Christmas turkey?

“This is the conversation that whites have to have within their own communities.”

On a rainy Friday morning back in March, I went down to Maritime Gloucester in my tallest rain boots to help out however I could. That Friday was the arrival of the first of our four nor’easters in March, but it was the second time last winter that the sky and the sea conspired to invade the…

Many Americans hold beliefs about the flu vaccine that are at odds with the best available scientific evidence. For example, a recent study found that more than two-fifths, or 43 percent, of Americans believe that the seasonal flu vaccine can give us the flu. Scientific research strongly sug…

Big corporations often tout their mergers as promoting efficiency and helping consumers, but too often the public ends up with fewer choices and higher prices. That seems likely to happen again with the latest health care megamerger.

The end of the year often signals an increase in charitable giving but changes made by tax reform have important implications for your donations this year and going forward.

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