A standing commitment to end poverty

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson decreed that "this administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America." In so doing, Johnson confirmed his commitment to a compassionate policy ...

Changing laws on family values

In their youth, America’s elders were subjected to more demanding sexual mores than are usual today. Back then it was inappropriate for a young woman of marriageable age to be alone with a man in a private place. Today, even ...

Conservatives bank on myth of minimum wage as job killer

The GOP has ruthlessly sold the outlandish myth to millions that a hike in the minimum wage is a huge job killer. It has been so effective in its hard sell that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly been ...

Roving Camera 01/09/2014

Do you think polygamy should be illegal?

Immigration debate ignores highly skilled black workers

As a two-year budget conjures up illusions of congressional comity and President Obama is desperate for a legislative recharge, there is much hype about a big immigration deal on the horizon. But, despite the huge political, economic and cultural implications ...

There are now no black-owned full-power TV stations in the U.S.

We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.

Tax credits and special concessions for businesses require the transparency of a formal audit

Corporate tax credits and concessions reduce the state revenue available to finance the public’s business. State Auditor Suzanne Bump seeks the authority to assess these programs to determine whether such tax expenditures are truly beneficial.

Roving Camera 01/02/2014

What was the biggest change in your world in the year 2013?

Nelson Mandela’s life a sterling example for others to follow

Fastidious individuals often draft a set of resolutions every new year to correct their petty flaws. Memberships in health clubs will rise in January and February and gym parking lots will be crowded for a few months. Invariably people return ...

Obama sends message on draconian drug sentencing

President Obama sent the strongest message on the insane waste of the nation’s draconian sentencing laws when he granted clemency to eight, mostly low-level drug offenders. Obama’s clemencies for their drug crimes follow hard on the heels of Attorney General ...

Roving Camera 12/26/2013

What would you like to see happen in 2014?

Roving Camera 12/19/2013

What do you think should be the Walsh administration’s top priority?

Four critical links toward Boston comprehensive economic development

A comprehensive and effective approach for Boston’s overall economic development requires that discourse about this topic not be limited to the board rooms and meeting places of downtown corporations and elite institutions. Thus, it is impressive that Mayor-elect Marty Walsh ...

Generosity — an innate aspect of a merry Christmas

A major theme of Christmas is to exalt the spirit of human generosity. In Charles Dickens’ oft-told story "A Christmas Carol," even the miserly pinchpenny Ebenezer Scrooge had to yield to that innate impulse. But it did not come easily. ...

A missed opportunity for community redevelopment

The decision of Partners HealthCare system to reject a proposal to establish an administrative office in Roxbury has raised questions about whether nonprofit organizations ought to consider the social consequences of their business policies.