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The right woman at the right time

Hillary Clinton’s gaining the nomination is not only a great personal achievement but also a significant moment in the history of America.

Mayor Walsh’s campaign of misleading information about the BPS budget

Since January, Mayor Martin Walsh and his office have been making and repeating inaccurate and misleading statements to the media concerning Boston Public School’s fiscal year 2017 budget. As a parent of a BPS student who’s advocating for adequate funding ...

Donald Trump: A Clear and Present Danger

The danger that Donald Trump — practitioner of questionable business practices, inveterate bully, racist, sexist, demagogue and the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president of the United States — presents to American society was never more evident than when he ...

Excavating higher education’s sins of the past

Amid the pomp and circumstance of these weeks’ college and university graduation ceremonies, it’s worth noting the “excavation projects” going on at some of them and in higher education generally. What’s being dug up is more evidence of the depth ...

Nader elected Bush, now he’s trying to elect Trump

The question is can or will Bernie Sanders do a Nader presidential campaign 2000 act and run as an independent when he doesn’t get the Democratic nomination? That won’t happen, and Nader knows it, for the simple fact that Sanders, ...

Trump’s supporters aren’t just old, racist white guys

Trump backers defy popular conceptions and stereotypes with the huge numbers of college-educated, suburbanite, business and professionals, young persons, and Latinos and women who said they’d vote for him.

Warning: More cesspool politics ahead

Unfortunately, the social and political poison that made a Ted Cruz candidacy viable for so long isn’t gone. Donald Trump’s success completes for the moment the most astonishing act of self-destruction in the history of American politics: that of the ...

Jackie Robinson and the cost of racism

Another baseball season has opened, and with it, Major League Baseball’s annual homage to Jack Roosevelt Robinson, more popularly known as Jackie Robinson, whose breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers was one of the late 1940s’ harbingers of ...

Doubting black voters

Black voting patterns are widely consistently discussed as if they reflect a lack of political sophistication. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

America’s war for democracy

The conservative movement’s use of the tactic of massive resistance against voting rights is as fierce as their use of it against LGBT rights. That fact underscores one of the most important lessons of African-American history: Just because you achieve ...

Small businesses key to local economy

What has been described as ‘commercial gentrification’ represents a sort of ‘anti-local economic development’ because it threatens a vital part of Boston’s economy in low-income and working-class areas.

The terror attacks and people like us

Who are these people — these “terrorists” who think that killing innocent people is an — forgive the use of this word — effective way to spread this or that ideology, or, even worse, act out their own personal grievance?

Vote: for democracy’s sake

March, the month just ended, itself has an extraordinary history in the post-World War II freedom struggle. That history underscores the point that not since the struggle for black Americans’ voting rights in the South — which reached its dramatic ...

Morgan Stanley executive shares secrets to success

Named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” Carla Harris has been blazing trails for more than 30 years. The financial powerhouse is the vice chairman of Wealth Management and senior client advisor ...

The GOP: ‘Political correctness run amok’

Donald Trump’s election victories in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries, along with GOP senators re-stating their refusal to even consider President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court dramatically illuminate what that ugly phrase — “political correctness run amok” — really ...