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.
States with legalized medical marijuana have fewer overdose deaths from narcotics. Exploring the medical and legal implications of this surprising correlation.
The media and the government may have turned a light onto sexual violence on campus, but effective prevention can only happen one student at a time.
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper to address the opportunity gap faced by young men of color. Do its proposals go far enough?
In health care, we’re always looking for a magic pill or new technology to save us. But in this case, the focus on experimental drugs — who gets them, how much there is of them, when will there be more — is a distraction from what the Ebola-stricken countries really need.
Twenty-three years ago today, Soviet hard-line Communists attempted to overthrow reformer Mikhail Gorbachev.
Police who stop or search people based on race rather than evidence of criminal activity are not keeping us safe. Arming police as if they were waging a war against their fellow Americans does not keep us free.
Twenty-five years after the first DNA exoneration, hurdles to justice remain.
The federal government is no longer a dependable partner to the states for major infrastructure investment. It is time for new thinking at the state and local levels.
Tens of thousands of young people are fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala thanks to America’s war on drugs.
When residents of a historic neighborhood and the Americans with Disabilities Act collide.
As myopic and unplanned as my 24-year-old life was, I knew what I didn’t want: an unplanned pregnancy.
The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma.
Will this hit to the college’s reputation be a red flag to future employers who do not want to hire religious ideologues?
No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively.
A metaphor can be a dangerous thing. It can even kill.
There is an emerging consensus that pro-Russia separatists, armed by Vladimir Putin, brought down the plane.
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?
Remittances, or money sent from abroad to support relatives back home, account for almost 12 percent of the Philippines GDP.
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.
Some say Pope Francis is all talk, but what he’s saying has already changed the church, especially for those Catholics on the margins.
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.”
When the only solution is arguably as atrocious as the evil it seeks to halt.
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.
The Good Friday Agreement didn’t go far enough. Underlying tensions and hatred do not disappear with a peace accord alone.
It angers me that he did what he did. But if we’re going to learn from this, we can’t let slide what brought him here.
The Corwin Amendment — which would have made slavery constitutional and permanent — reveals a deep flaw in the design of the U.S. Constitution.
The ill health of democracy in Boston is why I gave up my safe seat on the City Council to campaign for mayor.
Research suggests that if you see something depicted often enough in the news or the movies, what was once reprehensible may start to feel safer to imagine, debate, and even justify.
Like its namesake, “Obamacare” is here to stay. Now that that’s settled, the latest installment of our series looks at how to get health care costs under control.
The greater the public fear – the greater the financial rewards.
Without adequate funding and resources, it’s hard to see how we can address the long-term challenges that face the Department of Children and Families.
On net neutrality and the fading American Dream.
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.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,'” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.