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Samantha Joseph
Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Jan. 16, in Colleyville, Texas, where a gunman took four people hostage. All four people escaped; the gunman died.

Protecting our right to pray safely

Faith leaders play many roles for their congregants. Now one of those roles is security guard.

ABDALLAH FAYYAD
Student loan borrowers and the Too Much Talent Band thanked President Biden and Vice President Harris for extending the student loan pause and demanded that they also cancel student debt, at a gathering outside the White House on Jan, 13.

When it comes to canceling student debt, what is Joe Biden waiting for?

In a midterm year — with Biden’s low approval ratings and Democrats’ diminishing odds of winning the midterms in November — canceling student loan debt is not only the right policy but also an easy political choice.

Westyn Branch-Elliman, Elissa Perkins, and Shira Doron
Student Emma Low takes part in a pooled COVID-19 testing program at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School in Newburyport, in Feb. 2021.

It’s time to revamp testing and quarantine policy for asymptomatic students

The context of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed — specifically, new variants and vaccine availability for all K-12 students — and these changes render the program obsolete.

Joan Vennochi
Boston Police Sergeant Shana Cottone  shouted a question to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu as she left her home for City Hall. Cottone, who has spearheaded the resistance to Wu’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees, is currently on leave during an internal affairs probe.

When do protests cross the line? It can depend on your politics.

The boundaries of political protest will always be tested — in court and in the court of public opinion.

JEFF JACOBY
Hardly had the fine words of President Biden's inaugural address receded in the rearview mirror than his commitment to healing and peacemaking faded.

Biden is failing because he abandoned his mandate

The singular task the president set himself was to bring the nation together. What happened?

RENÉE GRAHAM
In this Nov. 8, 2006 photo, American Nobel laureate and "Beloved" author Toni Morrison smiles during a press conference at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Democracy’s other threat: Book bans and purges

Limiting access to literature, especially by authors of color, is yet another authoritarian tool polluting political discourse.

SCOT LEHIGH
Governor Charlie Baker’s impending departure has left Attorney General Maura Healey, a well-known and well-liked statewide figure, the strong frontrunner.

Maura Healey will soon be in the governor’s race

Meanwhile, Republicans may have a race between a Trump toady and a successful businessman.

Kevin P. Hill and John F. Carmichael Jr.
Mourners lay flowers on the casket during burial services for Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy at St. Michael's Catholic Parish in Hudson in 2016.

Clardy Law would keep roads safe

Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second-most commonly found substance in the bodies of drivers involved in fatal crashes.