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I was a paramedic at the US border. Kids need doctors now.

US policy endangers the lives of desperate asylum seekers. We must send medical help immediately, especially for the children.

Bicycle advocates in 2016 protested Boston’s slow pace in building safe bike lanes.

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Come on Boston, let’s pick up the pace on building bike lanes

The city has a good vision for creating safer commutes for bicyclists, but it’s been vexingly slow to build them.

The view inside a Plymouth & Brockton bus on a recent commute.

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Could private buses be the answer to Boston’s nightmarish commutes?

What I learned from riding the Plymouth & Brockton line.

Market Basket workers weren’t unionized but still organized protests such as this one on August 4, 2014.

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Why your hard work isn’t paying off the way it used to

Workers used to reap the rewards when productivity went up. Here’s who is benefiting from those gains today.

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Guess which Massachusetts town elected the nation’s first socialist mayor

Real Socialists were once elected here. How they won their races could offer a template for Democrats in 2020.

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To land some jobs now, you have to impress an algorithm first

Software is screening resumes and analyzing video interviews. But what if you want to be treated like a person?

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Is ‘Girl Power’ really the right message for our daughters?

We mean well with this slogan, but let’s think about what it’s actually telling girls and boys.

A tent city for homeless people on the town common in Greenfield in August 2018.

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The income inequality problem Massachusetts ignores

People in rural counties and on much of the Cape shouldn’t be afterthoughts on Beacon Hill.

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The world is a scary place. What do we tell the kids?

We face big challenges, but even young children can help address them, if we’ll let them.

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Vaping’s everywhere on campus. What are we college kids getting ourselves into?

My college campus is full of kids using e-cigarettes. Are they setting themselves up for serious health problems?

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Can predictive policing help stamp out racial profiling?

Some algorithms assume crime in one location leads to others nearby. Others identify specific people most likely to be involved in violence. Both can lead to discrimination.

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A teacher’s advice for tiger, helicopter, and snowplow parents

David McCullough Jr. on what high schoolers need most.

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Perspective: Why I can’t embrace ‘The Embrace,’ Boston’s new memorial to the Kings

For too long, remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. have failed to do what King did in his lifetime.

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Raise my kids in the suburbs? No thanks.

Many friends with children have left Boston for more space in the suburbs, but I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

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Portraying journalists as ‘enemies of the people’ is the biggest threat to press freedom in America today

A disbelieved press is little different from a shackled press.

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Why teens need live theater in the age of YouTube

The plays I saw with my dad handed us a script on every uncomfortable topic parents and children both painstakingly avoid and desperately need to discuss.

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Massachusetts needs a student loan bill of rights

College debt is a monster that’s ruining lives, says state Senator Eric P. Lesser.

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Employers can make Boston traffic more bearable with one simple change

Forget new highways, high-tech street lights, and even gondolas. There are much easier ways to reduce our epic congestion.

Jin Park in Harvard Yard.

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I’m a Rhodes Scholar. Do I deserve to be an American citizen?

There’s a good chance that after I leave the United States to go to Oxford, I will not be allowed back, because of DACA’s uncertain status.

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What kids aren’t telling parents about porn on social media

Adult content is rampant on social media. Here’s what parents need to know.

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New England’s losing political clout

That’s bad for us, and a bad sign for American democracy.

Girl hands on computer keyboard on white background.

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Why kindergartners need to learn to code

Coding is as fundamental as writing, reading, and arithmetic, and we need to start teaching it to young children.

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New England doesn’t need new factories. But it does need new ideas.

History has shown us, time and again, that real opportunity doesn’t require billions of dollars of investment or the backing of Silicon Valley or Boston.

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Why composting isn’t as hard as you might think

My wife and I work long hours, and our thumbs aren’t green. But we’re happy to pay someone to haul our food waste to a licensed composting facility.

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Should we use mail-order test kits to diagnose ourselves?

Like you, doctors are trying to figure that out, too, as the market for mail-order testing expands.

Ballots are prepared to be tabulated for Maine's Second Congressional District's House election Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Augusta, Maine. The election is the first congressional race in American history to be decided by the ranked-choice voting method that allows second choices. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Five reasons ranked-choice voting will improve American democracy

Harvard economist Eric Maskin says the system, just used in Maine, doesn’t faze voters, eliminates the problem of “spoiler” candidates, and better reflects what voters want.

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School dress codes can be outdated. But what are we fighting to allow?

It’s hard not to applaud young women flexing their activist muscles and questioning society’s outdated notions. But are we sending the wrong message to our daughters?

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How do we solve the health care problems that drove Question 1?

UMass Memorial in Worcester is seeing results by assembling teams to identify and triage the problems plaguing the system.

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Everyone knows English majors can’t get jobs. Except the employers who hire them.

College kids — and their parents — think a humanities degree is useless. But businesses want students who can write and think critically.

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My Instagram account got hacked — and I’m glad

Globe food critic Devra First woke up one day following thousands of people she didn’t recognize. When she started to undo the damage, she realized she didn’t want to.

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Why parents need to be patient with their school-age kids

Children grow and develop interests at their own pace, and we need to let them be themselves, not mini versions of us.

Clockwise from left: Evelyn Murphy (in pink); Cathy Minehan; Colette Phillips; Linda Whitlock; Pam Reeve; and Gail Deegan (center).

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How the 2017 Women’s March woke ‘the old girls’ network’

Retire quietly? These corporate trailblazers would rather help young women rise up.

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Breaking free from ‘safe’ state voter apathy

Blue State (or Red State) blues got you down heading into this election? Here’s how to make them go away.

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Why is Boston’s most important literary site a food court?

Visitors to the Old Corner Bookstore, which has four eateries on its ground floor, would never guess that it nurtured American literature.

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I want safe schools. But I don’t want schools that feel like prisons.

Schools need to meet certain security standards. But unobtrusive technology is the better choice.

In this scene from Crazy Rich Asians, Peik Lin (Awkwafina) lectures her Asian-American friend Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) about her clothing.

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Why are Asian-Americans crazy about ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? It isn't about them.

The movie glosses over the obsession with status and materialism that permeates certain sectors of Chinese society in Asia.

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Do we really need a ‘She-Village’ at the Seaport?

Women are underrepresented among Massachusetts entrepreneurs. But will a female-only retail initiative help them succeed?

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How Boston can still solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner case — before it’s too late

As a new true-crime podcast about the theft launches, a possible path to solving the Gardner heist mystery.

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Can the memorial for Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King change perceptions about Boston?

Why entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul English believes the memorial is a chance to rid the city of its racist image.

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Bidding farewell to summer with relief

Goodbye to battles over sunscreen, stressful logistics, tick checks, and traffic-related panic. For working parents, the hot days are a never-ending string of headaches.

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A ‘real man’ should know how to dress. But America celebrates slobs

Why is it considered masculine to remain so utterly clueless about dressing yourself?

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Eight things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Some classroom interventions are helpful and others only make things worse. Parents can be a valuable resource.

Guatemalan immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on June 22, 2018.

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A foreigner’s view of America’s immigration problem: You like kicking us out

They wanted me to want to stay. And then, they wanted me to know I could be refused — in other words, that rejection should flow from America to me.

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Silicon Valley wants to improve your ‘digital well-being’ — and collect more of your personal data along the way

It’s presented as a solution to Internet addiction. But it can also mean more invasive snooping about our behavior, habits, and emotions.

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The legal drug we should be worried about isn’t marijuana

Alcohol is a far more dangerous substance. Yet the state of Massachusetts is thinking about making it easier to get.

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My black sons wanted to know: What’s it like to be a white male right now?

Answering that question was more complicated than I expected.

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Forget Tinder. Arranged marriage is better than swiping right

If you’re willing to let an app pick a mate for you, why not give your parents a chance, too?

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Why marijuana policies in Massachusetts aren’t strict enough

The ensuing problems will cluster among young people, low-income communities, and people with existing mental health problems.

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What I wish I had learned in middle-school sex ed

The federal government doesn’t control what public schools teach about sex ed — and Massachusetts doesn’t require the subject.

Set of new and used soccer balls, isolated on white background

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Should we let Robert Kraft bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Boston?

I love soccer, but don’t want to see our region stuck with unexpected costs, and boring qualifying games.