Why was Grisham’s criticism of child porn sentencing laws so widely and reflexively condemned? Why was he pressured into offering an apology?
By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?
Massachusetts workers without sick leave are forced into impossible situations in which they must choose between their job and the health of their families.
Police in Boston have targeted thousands of black and brown people, even when those people have done nothing wrong.
Couples demanding rights as spouses and parents are redefining the American family, even in heartland states like Kansas and the Carolinas.
It takes no small measure of nerve for a public official with a record of callous indifference to the plight of abused and neglected children to impugn the commitment of a woman who has spent her career championing their cause.
Gun violence claims 88 lives a day in this country, including that of one child every three hours. While there are no fail safes, few states have been more proactive in trying to establish them.
Understanding that womanhood is not static has inspired two women’s colleges to change their admissions criteria to consider anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
True political change doesn’t necessarily happen by marching in front of world leaders and others who already largely agree with you.
Over the past two decades, the tiny emirate’s outsized foray into global charity and high-profile acquisitions has masked deplorable domestic policies and questionable regional activities.
Baker’s camp has dared the other side to engage in debate and to get specific. The electorate will soon find out if the Coakley campaign accepts the challenge.
Servers and other tipped staff live off the avails of a lopsided exchange.
It doesn’t require expensive scientific analysis, vaccines or cures. It requires connecting existing resources to people that need it.
Rarely has a major military initiative by a president been greeted with such ambivalence. It’s not hard to understand why.
While the public is confused about why Janay has rushed to [Rice’s] defense and minimized the abuse that we all witnessed on that video, the outrage should be directed at the systems that failed her and all victims.
Until we know more about how to stop people from sexually assaulting, the federal government needs to pursue every promising strategy toward prevention. Teaching college women self-defense should be chief among them.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the administrators who must bow to them are choking teachers with paperwork.
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.
I still have many questions the Congressional briefings simply did not answer.
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.
In times of crisis, nurses are often excluded from decision-making conversations at every level of health care organizations, from patient care decisions to hospital policy and protocols.
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.
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.
Remittances, or money sent from abroad to support relatives back home, account for almost 12 percent of the Philippines GDP.
Some say Pope Francis is all talk, but what he’s saying has already changed the church, especially for those Catholics on the margins.
U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper was wrong to allow relatives of murder victims whom James “Whitey” Bulger was not convicted of killing to address his sentencing hearing.
It is inspiring and encouraging to see more and more of America conclude that marriage should be an option for all loving and committed couples.
The 35-year prison sentence for Manning strikes Nancy Gertner as “disproportionate.”
The fact that the U. S. and China, the world’s two largest carbon emitters, have forged a climate accord will be a game changer at the U. N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015.
When the only solution is arguably as atrocious as the evil it seeks to halt.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
Vladimir Putin is dragging Russia back to its Soviet past.
So what are we going to do about it now? Carol Rose and Matthew Segal argue there’s only one way to rebalance the scales of justice in Massachusetts.
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.
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I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.