Opinion / Columnist


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?

Obama Rams the Issue of Racial Profiling Back Onto the Nation’s Table

President Obama movingly spoke of the “pain” most African Americans felt at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Trayvon’s weapon: A bag of Skittles

America’s obsession with race is by no means over.

Injustice in Mass. criminal courts gets less attention than in Fla.

Injustice in the Mass Criminal Courts - The relatively mild sentence for Michael McLaughlin, the disgraced former Chelsea Housing Authority executive director raises questions about fairness in the Massachusetts criminal justice system

Attorney General Holder Has a Compelling Reason to Consider a Zimmerman Prosecution

The moment George Zimmerman was acquitted, the NAACP and the Reverend Al Sharpton immediately called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to bring civil rights charges against him.

The Supreme Court’s True Colors Ignore “Fairness”

The Supreme Court’s conservative faction recently revealed more clearly than ever before its true colors. It showed that in the political war over America’s future it supports those who want to return to the exclusionary policies and practices of the ...

Legal support for “saggy pants” defiles advancement for black youths

A major responsibility of adults is to provide youngsters with sound advice and counsel. Of course it is natural for the young to resist the wisdom of their elders

America’s Shameful Treatment of Mandela

During his trip to South Africa, President Barack Obama graciously and reverentially praised Nelson Mandela as a leader who inspired people around the world and that included himself.

Don’t expect GOP to back Congressional boost to Voting Rights Act

The instant the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act by knocking out the key provision requiring Justice Department pre-clearance before a locale can alter or institute new voting procedures, the call went up for Congress to restore some version ...

More GOP Mythmaking on the Border

GOP House Speaker John Boehner recently called border security “laughable.” Boehner was not being funny.

Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action’s biggest beneficiary and biggest hypocrite

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hand down yet another landmark decision on an affirmative action case.