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In the news: TaShonda Vincent-Lee

Mayoral Candidate and City Councillor Tito Jackson is delighted to announce the appointment of TaShonda Vincent-Lee as his new campaign manager.

A diminished role for black community elders?

Memorial services are rarely festive events, but the recent celebration of the life of Barbara Clark Elam seemed to be especially solemn. Even though she had been incapacitated for some time by the throes of Alzheimer’s, her death seemed to ...

What do you think of the changes Boston is going through?

It’s progress, but for whom? There’s new ideas, different proposals. You ask why people are building in the community and they say ‘There’s nothing here.’ There’s an entire culture here that could be moved away. — Ayanna Warfield, Chef, Roxbury

In the news: Natasha Z. Boye

Natasha Z. Boye has been promoted to MassHousing’s HomeOwnership Business Development team where she is a Relationship Manager working with the Agency’s business partners to foster home buying opportunities for Massachusetts residents.

Free speech revisited at Harvard University

There seems to be confusion among some Americans about what constitutes freedom of speech in the nation. The issue arose because at least 10 students who had been admitted to Harvard University have had their acceptance revoked. They had apparently ...

Why do we get so worked up over the n word?

TV host Bill Maher intemperately uses the N word. Then a pack of black celebrities and academics feverishly debate the propriety of it. And then everyone within and without earshot is off to the races endlessly chattering about it. I’ve ...

What do you think about Boston’s building boom?

It’s good in a way. But we need more housing for the elderly and the disabled. There needs to be more affordability. — Elizabeth Grant, Housewife, Roxbury

Maintain Boston Latin’s academic standards

It is time to find the strategy for better attendance of blacks in prep classes rather than to pursue a remedy to improve diversity at Boston Latin School that would denigrate the value of one of Boston’s treasures.

In the News: Roxbury Youthworks

Roxbury Youthworks executive director Mia Alvarado announced the youth development agency will receive a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. Roxbury Youthworks, Inc is one of 100 local nonprofits to be awarded with the grant, and was chosen from a ...

The enduring dignity of the civil rights era

The country’s racial conflict has provided countless opportunities for individuals, both black and white, to step up. A recent obituary of Barbara Smith Conrad in the New York Times tells a tale of a conflict at the University of Texas ...

Brighton High teacher says resources matter

Turnaround schools are intended to accelerate school improvement through a menu of strategies. However, our state’s accountability system disproportionately places schools serving high levels of English Language Learners, special needs students, and over-age students in turnaround status.

Should Boston have a civilian review board to investigate allegations of police misconduct?

Yes. I don’t really feel the police can be trusted. History has proven it, and it’s still being proven today. — Roger Wanzo, Retired, Dorchester

In the news: Tito Jackson

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) awarded the MTA Friend of Education Award to Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson.

Voting rights conflicts continue

There is little doubt that Republicans will continue to use gerrymandering to minimize the impact of the black vote. The U.S. Supreme Court will probably determine in its fall session the limits on political redistricting. It appears that the battle ...

Republicans put Americans’ health care in jeopardy

There are the 24 million people who stand to lose their health care if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed and replaced by the Republican health plan proposal as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office.

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