Judicial activism is the new dirty word

Criticize judges and our decisions if they reflect unfaithfulness to the law but not because you don’t like a particular outcome or you think criticism may resonate with the electorate.

Stop attacking public service workers

More to the point, what’s wrong with supporting labor unions? They are the best way for working people to reach and remain in the middle class.

Retract editorial that backed pot legalization

THC is a psychoactive drug, one with the potential for abuse and for some, addiction. Shame on us if we fail to heed the warnings.

Newsprint tariffs hit fragile newspaper industry

If these newsprint tariffs are made permanent in the coming months, it could lead some small local publishers to cut their print product entirely — or even shut their doors.

It's spring, time to take to the rail trails

A future where trails are at the heart of healthy, thriving communities is already being realized in places across the country.

The day hate showed up at Boston Marathon

I had three links to the Marathon bombing — family friends who were caught up in the blast, a shared history with the all-time record holder for Marathon wins, and 30 years of writing on terrorism.

Blumenthal sees 'seismic shift' on guns

During an interview in Washington, Sen. Richard Blumenthal talked about what he sees as a major change in attitudes about the need for more gun control and background checks.

Teacher strikes may be more powerful now than ever before

It's quite possible that striking teachers across the country represent the beginning of a trend in which the ordinary people who keep our education system and our economy running realize just how much power they have.

King's dream for the poor remained unanswered

The true Martin Luther King, not the King of the holiday, called for a radical redistribution of wealth and economic power in the country.

'Minor difficulties' enigma remains 55 years after Thresher tragedy

Sound monitoring provides a picture of the tragic sequence that led to the collapse of the submarine Thresher and deaths of its crewmembers.

While Trump's antics distract the media, he moves his agenda forward

Trump’s outrageous antics and the attendant media noise that follows have obscured the success of Trump’s basically conservative first-year agenda.

Enough about feelings, discuss gun facts

Banning the most popular sporting rifles in the world would not be like banning a few profanities, but rather like banning TV and social media because it is not “the press.”


Keep the cap on volatility

Build a tight budget that overcomes the existing deficit without touching the surprise tax revenue. Use it as meant, to build the reserve funds, and...

How Barbara Bush will be remembered

People perceived her as real. She didn’t try to be something she was not.

A run for the ageless

Mystic's Amby Burfoot runs the Boston Marathon 50 years after his victory.


Columnist Catherine Rampell

U.S. is mortgaging its future

Ours is the only advanced economy in the world expected to have its debt burden get worse over the next five years.

Columnist Cal Thomas

Is 'old-fashioned' returning?

Millennials would do well to consult their old-fashioned and long-married grandparents.

Columnist Richard Cohen

White men also deserve fair treatment

Once I was passed over for a newsroom position I very much wanted. "We needed a woman," an editor told me. I said nothing, although I seethed.