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The horror of Sept. 11 hasn’t diminished 20 years after the fact, and neither has our resolve to “never forget.” Still, how we teach our children, especially those born after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, is inadequate to ensure future generations don’t forget, either.

Do schools adequately teach 9/11? What children learn about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is mostly left to school districts and teachers to decide. The state’s curriculum framework says little on the topic, which is mentioned only as a footnote at the end of U.S. and world histor…

Is it too soon? Halloween is seven weeks away, but just as surely as the weather is starting to get cool in the evenings, decorations are appearing in stores (and in the occasional house.) It’s fun to stretch holidays but is it really necessary to block off two months for Halloween?

Was the VaxMillions giveaway worth it? The state last week gave its last round of prizes in the drawings meant to inspire people to get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 — a $1 million prize to a Leominster resident, and a $300,000 scholarship to a high school sophomore from Conway, Mass. Sinc…

In the summer of 2011, Doug Mitchell wrote an Andover Story about Andover’s first golf course. This week’s column retells Doug’s story and is dedicated to his memory.

Massachusetts lawmakers made big changes to the state’s education funding formula two years ago, shoring up spending for special education, low-income students and English language learners. But key aspects of the mechanism for carving up state money remain out of kilter. Schools in wealthie…

Will the new school year be better for students and their teachers than the last? Even students who are corona-conscientious must have been somewhat disappointed to learn they will have to wear masks when classes resume next week. That said, they'll at least get to return to the classroom i…

A hiring crunch for businesses trying to find workers in this post-pandemic recovery is causing plenty of headaches, but it’s not the whole story of our economy. A key measure of how business leaders in Massachusetts feel about their prospects has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels and is nudgi…

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a seemingly unending series of crises in other aspects of American life, the most recent a blood shortage that threatens to cripple hospitals across the country.

Should Massachusetts allow individual consumers to buy and sell fireworks? The state remains the only holdout in the U.S. where skyrockets, sparklers and spinners cannot be legally sold to consumers — even though cities and towns are allowed to hire professionals for pyrotechnics demonstra…

The integrity of our elections is of great importance to me and to my colleagues in the Massachusetts Statehouse. Every American citizen has the right to vote in our elections and should be encouraged to do so. Certainly no one should have to pay for the privilege.

Oftentimes, adults need only look to the young people in our midst for true inspiration. So it is again with the 11 latest recipients of the Colleen E. Ritzer Scholarship who’ve not yet started their careers but already are making a positive impact on this world.

Should people be required to get COVID-19 vaccines? A growing number of workplaces, colleges and even the U.S. military are now requiring employees, students and soldiers to be vaccinated for COVID-19 — rules that have withstood legal challenges so far. Do you think vaccine requirements are …

Should the state require all students to wear masks when school restarts in the fall? State education officials “strongly” recommend that districts require students in kindergarten through sixth grade to wear masks indoors, though it is not specifically required. Most of those students are…

Our soggy summer — nearly 9.4 inches of rain at Logan Airport so far this month is about 7 inches more than usual for July — has washed out more than basements and beach days. It’s washed hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into area rivers and harbors.

Should bars and restaurants be allowed to serve up discounted drinks, and should their patrons be allowed to celebrate “happy hour”? The state is again reconsidering a decades-old ban on booze specials. Proponents of a change say it’s timely and will help bars and restaurants recover from t…

Nothing is as quintessentially New England as a town common or park. Land was set aside for people to gather together, celebrate holidays or simply relax and commune with nature’s grandeur.

Every 18 minutes someone walks into an emergency room in Massachusetts seeking help for a dental problem, whether crumbling teeth or gum disease, that could have been handled as easily by a dentist.

A state panel charged with considering new designs for the state seal met for the first time this week. Do you believe the seal, which is also the primary image on the state flag, should be changed? The seal depicts a Native American holding a bow and standing beneath an arm wielding a long…

A revived economy bringing people back to work is not working out for everyone. Businesses throughout our region and the state report struggles hiring people into entry-level and even experienced jobs. But proposals to cancel some pandemic unemployment benefits, perhaps replacing them with s…

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