It’s tempting to believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to have the entire weight of the country’s prosecutorial might bearing down on him. But does it help our community heal?
A primer to how the state’s voters can pass a binding law, rather than cast a symbolic vote, about paying for a Boston Olympics — and why they should care.
Gender neutral policies help reduce assumptions that women are less committed to the workplace than men are.
An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East — our identity depends on it.
The president has the chance to implement a legally binding deal on greenhouse gas reductions, without being hamstrung by a recalcitrant Congress.
This World Water Day, there is an urgent need to re-examine the domestic laws that protect access to safe, affordable drinking water.
Anti-vaxxers, while relatively invisible and benign as individuals — can be harmful and dangerous when they reach critical mass. The same is true of racists.
After the winter we’ve had, there’s no time like the present to fix the state’s transportation woes.
No harm and no secrets: These should be the hallmarks of medicine. Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go.
If any case called out for full community access to the judicial process, it was this one.
Why banning romantic relationships between professors and students is good policy.
It has been less than two months since the GOP took full control of this Congress and sadly, nothing has changed.
The question of what it means to be American is one of the generative questions of this country’s history.
A look at radical Islam and the fate of the European Jewry.
It’s time for the mayor to revive his City Hall campaign promise.
To save, or not to save your shoveled out parking spot? The answer to that question reveals more about us than we may realize.
Is Your Child’s Bad Attitude A Predictor Of Terrorism? A New Federal Pilot Program In Boston Wants To KnowBy Carol Rose and Shannon Erwin
This week, the White House is hosting an international summit on countering violent extremism featuring Boston as a testing ground.
America’s health care system profits off illness. It’s time to incentivize keeping patients well, and Massachusetts should lead the way.
Putting the government shutdown into a context we can relate to.
After the verdict, the real challenge begins.
Advocating paid vacation isn’t bellyaching about work. It’s about pushing back against a mindset that mistakes round-the-clock labor for virtue.
A Republican sea change on foreign policy could be bad news for the GOP’s self-anointed outsider, Paul, as well as its consummate insider, Bush.
The ICC’s utility — to steer the world toward more just and reasonable outcomes and to be the ultimate arbiter when all else fails — seems to have gotten lost.
Sentencing a terrorist to death plays right into his hands and only serves to encourage those who would follow in his lethal footsteps.
After the Supreme Court’s decision on McCutcheon v. the FEC, here’s my takeaway: To anyone who favors the general Democratic platform, it’s time to dig deep and pump in that filthy lucre.
There is no doubt that Russia is in the wrong, but acting on justified moral offense rather than clear eyed strategic interest is more likely to increase the price we all pay.
Mitch McConnell is right. Sixteen years is too long to wait for change.
The massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris is a reminder that protecting the right to offend must trump fears about causing offense.
If Paula Broadwell is a punch line, the tawdry joke is of her own making. Women should be as furious at her careless folly as they are at Petraeus’ preening arrogance.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
There is no form educating parents about the increasing number of ways that schools invade our children’s privacy, and certainly no permission slips asking for our consent when they do.
The debate over same-sex marriage isn’t ending. It’s morphing into a fight over religious freedom, as secular businesses and individuals claim constitutional rights to discriminate against gays.
If one account can be broken into, what about other accounts? If one episode sanctions such a break-in, which other episodes might be adequate grounds? And if email can be examined, then what other files and mail are available for surveillance?
Though it was once an immensely successful strategy, containment is grossly unsuited for dealing with any modern security threat.
Amid mass violence and volatility in Egypt, the long-standing relationship between Washington and Cairo is fraying.
The anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 is always painful for victims’ families. But, says Carie Lemack, who lost her mother, it’s also a time to remember our common goals.
In a move that nobody expected, Barack Obama has opened up a foreign policy front against Mitt Romney. Commentator Rob Gray says it’s a risky play that will either backfire for the president, or seal his victory.
When it comes to reporting on criminal justice cases, retired Judge Nancy Gertner says the media is guilty of producing sloppy, formulaic coverage.
Why don’t we have tighter controls on guns? Unfortunately, says commentator John Rosenthal, the answer is all too simple.
In Moscow, the trial against three young punk rockers looks more like the Soviet Union than the “new Russia.” Joshua Rubenstein on the Pussy Riot controversy.
Next stop, SpaghettiO’s station? The cash-strapped MBTA is considering selling naming rights for 11 stations. Not so fast, says Ed Fouhy.
Though largely overlooked, Marc Landy says the Supreme Court’s curbing of federal power to coerce the states restores a much-needed balance.
Of course corporations aren’t people. But Wendy Kaminer says like the individuals engaged in them, businesses require constitutional protection against abuses of government power.
Kerry Healey says it’s time for Americans to realize what our appetite for illegal drugs does to the individuals who are compelled — economically or at gun point — to produce, process and transport the illegal drugs we use.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.