John E. Sununu

No one likes spending caps, so they must be good

Behold the spending cap; so simple, almost bland, yet rarely has so little so irritated so many. Known as “sequestration” in the stilted language of Washington’s Beltway universe, that innocuous number on a piece of paper brings forth an endless stream of winces, sighs, and eyeball rolls.

James Carroll

Making weapons of our own destruction

The events of 9/11 took place a long time ago. A callow United States showed itself to be grossly ignorant in its indiscriminate striking out at Islamic targets, as if there were no differences between Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, Afghanistan and Iraq. But the deeper ignorance was America’s utter blindness to the long-simmering conflict between Sunni and Shitte Muslims.

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US needs to maintain a sure hand in Yemen

Yemen is far too important geopolitically to be treated as an afterthought.

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Headlights on, insurance surcharge out

A new state law on headlights allows insurance companies to potentially tack hundreds of dollars onto a policy holder’s premium.

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Japan must take responsibility for its past

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hails from a political faction in Japan that downplays past atrocities.

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How we learned to stop worrying and love fluoridated water

There is a movement underway to stop adding fluoride to water, even though the practice has improved Americans’ dental care.

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US should recognize Armenian genocide

Each passing day is another opportunity lost for American political leaders to live up to the refrain of “never again.”

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State should offer Long Island rehab centers a new home

Last year’s abrupt closure of the bridge put the work of several nonprofits in jeopardy.

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Ben Affleck needs a reality check

You can edit truth out of movies, but not out of family history.

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Rewards of diplomacy from a thaw in US-Cuba relations

A more open, flexible policy toward Havana has brought Washington more flexibility.

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Success Boston gives city kids a better shot at college

Low college-completion rates represent a wholesale loss of potential workers for Massachusetts.

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Charter schools take a commendable step

Charters are aiming to do better with two groups where they fall short: special education students and those who speak only limited English.

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The EU must take responsibility for migrant ships crisis

Already this year, more than 900 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean.

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Nigerian princes were so much easier to deal with

The extortion of the Tewksbury Police Department by a so-called phishing site shows the dangers that are still posed by spam.

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Sentencing of Blackwater guards sends the right message

This should signal to both the military and the private companies it hires that those serving the United States must hold themselves to a high standard.

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Some better news for haddock, and fishermen

A report by NOAA provides hope that some of the world’s toughest management regulations are making a difference.

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US owes allies a clear path forward on Pacific trade talks

Congress should grant fast-track authority to President Obama to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Boston Police oversight panel needs more independence

The current setup devalues the expertise of board members by allowing them little latitude.

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Virtual speech trumps Spain’s gag law

The face of dissent just took on another dimension, quite literally.

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In exploring origins of the cosmos, US shouldn’t settle for ‘second best’

America appears resigned to grasping the coattails of Europe and Asia rather than boldly breaching the frontiers of particle physics.

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Don’t let Aaron Hernandez’s fame overshadow Odin Lloyd’s life

Lloyd’s mother deserves the last word: “Odin was my first, best gift I ever received.”

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Get Brookline bottled water ban right

Residents are discovering the town may lack the infrastructure necessary to sensibly support such a ban.

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Time for MBTA to change its bus map

The map of where the T runs its buses would appear to be etched in stone.

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FEMA too stingy with aid to Mass. after harsh winter

The federal government needs to reevaluate how it thinks about storms.

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Ban tanning beds for teens

In Massachusetts, minors now need parental consent to use tanning salons — a rule that public health officials say is easy to circumvent.