First Amendment scores a win in federal court

Massachusetts’ attorney general should let stand this ruling that allows the recording of police and other government officials.


In Quebec, clean energy goes to waste. Let’s use it.

The historic concerns about hydropower are understandable. But it’s time to get everyone to yes.


Nancy Pelosi cuts a deal for Democrats’ future

No political leader should remain in power forever. Nancy Pelosi gets it, and now the rest of the Democratic caucus should too.


Trump wants to use government shutdown to make Americans pay for wall

The wall is a ridiculous, wasteful demand, and holding the rest of the government hostage to it more ridiculous still.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Trump and the world’s autocrats want to silence journalists. But the truth will come out

Time magazine’s highlighting of journalists shines a light on a vital public service that most citizens take for granted.


More women in the Massachusetts House means there should be more women at the top

House Speaker Robert DeLeo needs to put the next state budget in the hands of an able female lawmaker.


Trump’s ‘public charge’ anti-immigrant proposal is cruel and unusual

The Trump administration’s “public charge” rule is chilling and cruel, and letters from Massachusetts officials show how the policy would hurt immigrants.


A to-do list for Legislature’s short session

During the informal session, bills can only pass unanimously, meaning controversial legislation is a non-starter.


Boston Harbor is clean but could face new threats to marine life: plastics and drugs

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority should monitor new and emerging threats to the marine environment such as plastics and pharmaceuticals.


Deval Patrick knew when to call it quits on a presidential bid. Other politicians take note

Running for president is hard. Deciding not to run? That can be even harder.


Beacon Hill should pass Baker’s housing bill, but not without strings

Baker’s housing bill is better than nothing. But the Legislature will have to do better next session.


Newton judge should not continue to sit on criminal cases

No matter how much one may credit her good intentions, Judge Shelley A. Joseph should not continue to sit on criminal cases until her own legal situation is resolved.


Boston should stop dragging its feet on marijuana shops

With two marijuana stores opened in Central in Western Mass., Bostonians are asking, “What about us?”

Michael A. Cohen

Matthew Whitaker needs to go

The acting attorney general is unqualified for the job he holds.

Opinion | Emily Reichert and Quincy Miller

Mexico City’s transit solution could be ours: better buses

Boston can follow Mexico City’s lead in improving public transportation — by investing in bus transit.


Bush led the US through a changing world

He leaves a legacy of global leadership and a willingness to confront fiscal problems realistically.


A Democratic House must turn up the heat on global warming

Bringing back a high-profile House committee on climate change is a must.


Voters say raise my taxes to preserve parks, but Beacon Hill isn’t keeping up with demand

Beacon Hill should invest more in the Community Preservation Act. Here are two ways to fund it: Increase registry of deeds fees and tap the state’s horse racing fund.


Editorial: Pelosi vs. Moulton should be about a creating a transition to a new generation

This should be legacy time for Nancy Pelosi, and she needs to pave the way for her inevitable successor.


Secret courts in Massachusetts don’t have to be so secret

There is no substitute for justice delivered in the bright light of day — even by clerk magistrates.


Answers needed on fate of Everett casino license

Wynn Resorts needs an answer on the fate of its Everett casino license — and so do the people of Massachusets.


Rep. Richard Neal arrives at the center of power and action

The dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation reflects on the next stage of his career.


If we want to fight hate, we need to do a better job tracking it

One of the first steps to combating hate incidents will be for the government to get a better handle on when, where, and to whom the are occurring.


Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up

If anything good comes out of the trouble at this gas utilities this year, it should be the state’s commitment to prod companies toward a cleaner future now.


Trump’s attacks on judiciary echo his press bashing

Make no mistake, Trump chooses his battles carefully, and his choice to disparage yet another institution critical to a well-functioning democracy is no idle rant.