Opinion / Columnist


It’s still the same old story

CommonWealth Magazine is to be commended for its excellent focus on diversity in Greater Boston in its most recent issue — particularly on diversity in the city’s "corridors of power." The report reveals the constant and ugly truth about the ...

Do unions represent the best interest of Boston’s African American community?

Diversity in leadership roles lacking.

Method to madness in Tea Party Congressional hostage taking

The frequently asked question since the start of the partial government shutdown and the GOP saber rattle over the debt ceiling raise is: How can so few hold so many hostage and why? The few are, of course, the estimated ...

Excerpts from President Barack Obama’s speech on Syria delivered last week

Last week, President Barack Obama spoke about war in Syria and how a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war in which over 100,000 people have been killed and ...

President Obama still chasing King’s dream

President Obama punctuated the official White House proclamation on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with the oft-quoted line from Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I have a dream” speech imploring the nation to let justice to roll down ...

The mayoral forum for only black candidates is a bad idea.

Such an event would be racially discriminatory. There is no explanation or rationalization that could make it acceptable.

Voting smart in upcoming mayor’s election

It is time for minority candidates who have not made much headway in their campaigns to consider closing down.

Reinforcing the self-serving myth that black killers choose white victims because they are white

The predictable happened as soon as the race of the three teens charged in the Oklahoma slaying of Christopher Lane, a young white Australian baseball player, was known. Two are black.

The origin of money not a serious issue in Boston mayor’s race

Should “outside” money be acceptable to candidates in Boston’s race for mayor. In a municipal election there is no reasonable definition of what constitutes “outside” money.

Stop and frisk’ needs safeguards in New York and elsewhere

Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin has ruled that stop-and-frisk is a “policy of indirect racial profiling” in violation of the 14th Amendment

Obama: No ‘abuse’ of surveillance technologies

In meeting the threats to our nation, we have to strike the right balance between protecting our security and preserving our freedoms.

Boston City Councilors failed to object to an oppressive ordinance regulating newsracks

Two claims that are common among the candidates for mayor of Boston are that their administrations will be open and transparent and that they will propose programs to aid small business.

The budget is still the GOP’s signature hit on President Obama

GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is nothing if not persistent. And it’s always the same issue with the same motive. The issue is the budget.

Why Zimmerman Juror B29 Believed in His Guilt But Still Voted to Acquit

The lone Latina juror in the George Zimmerman murder trial flatly said that she thought Zimmerman was guilty.

The legacy of the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment

Bostonians celebrated the 150th anniversary of the battle of Fort Wagner,S.C. but how many people today are willing to sacrifice the comfort of their own lives to benefit others?