Editor’s Note: The Duxbury High School football coach was fired after school officials investigated the team’s use of anti-Semitic language on the field, which reportedly included using “Auschwitz” as the code name for a play.

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Should Andover schools work harder to return high school students to full-time, in-person schedules before the end of the academic year? The schools plan to ask state education officials for a waiver from a requirement that high school students return to a five-day, in-person schedule due t…

Last week's town election in Andover saw just 5% of registered voters (or 1,232 people) mark a ballot in which all of the incumbents for local office ran unopposed for reelection. How come more people don't put in their names for Select Board, School Committee or another town position?

How closely have you followed the state’s travel guidelines? As of Monday, the state relaxed its COVID-19 travel limits so that people may leave and return to Massachusetts within 24 hours without being tested for the virus or subjecting themselves to quarantine. Previously, not following t…

How is Gov. Charlie Baker doing? Baker long held the distinction of being one of the country's most popular governors, with an approval rating near 80% as recently as last August. But frustration over COVID-19 vaccine roll-outs, lingering restrictions on public gatherings and confusion arou…

Domestic violence doesn’t always lead with a fist. Abuse as often starts with emotional, social and psychological assault. In a world where everyone carries a computer in their pocket, those acts of aggression are delivered via text, email or instant message just as often as they’re uttered.

In a much hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey televised on CBS last Sunday, Meghan Markle described the turmoil and mental pain inflicted upon her after marrying into Britain's royal family. The former actress and wife of Price Harry told Winfrey she faced racism and at one point thought of …

Are we ready to go back out to eat? As of Monday, for the first time since the pandemic began, restaurants in Massachusetts no longer must abide by capacity limits beyond the usual restrictions on their businesses. And within the next few weeks, barring a surge in COVID-19 infections, the s…

Just as local COVID-19 vaccine clinics were cropping up in cities and towns such as Andover, the state is shifting resources to mass-vaccination sites such as Fenway Park and the DoubleTree Hotel in Danvers. Where would you prefer to get your shot?

Should Andover move quickly to return children to in-person class? Interim Superintendent Claudia Bach recently announced plans to resume in-person classes for kindergartners and first-graders four days a week. Her plan still must be approved by the School Committee. Bach did so the same d…

Single-use plastics clog our waste stream; pollute our waterways; kill shore birds, fish, turtles and other wildlife; and threaten human health, but the last attempt to do anything meaningful about them in Massachusetts got similarly bogged down in the sausage-making of the Legislature. Rep.…

How long can former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady keep going? On Sunday, he padded his Super Bowl resume with another ring. His seven championships are three more than those of the next-closest QBs on the all-time list, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. Brady is the first NFL quarterback to…

News that domestic violence murders in Massachusetts are down threatens to overshadow the fact that there is a deepening domestic abuse crisis in the state and across the country. As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into 2021, more must be done to help victims escape dangerous situations. One…

Should teachers be moved up the priority list to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Educators in K-12 classrooms are part of the Phase 2 group now eligible to get their COVID-19 shots, however teachers are in the middle of that priority list. They come after other workers whose jobs could bring them…

So much was different about President Joe Biden’s inauguration as 46th president of the United States. In view of security, two weeks after an armed mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, and a pandemic surging across the country, the customary parade down Pennsylvania Avenue was skipped, as were the…

What do you look for in a school superintendent? A search firm helping find a replacement for Sheldon Berman is asking residents what they look for in a schools chief. The firm conducted an online survey and now plans public forums for parents, teachers, staff, students and others to take a…

Last spring, when the full weight of the pandemic slammed down with rising infection rates, widespread business and school closures and severe limits on our daily lives, many people were cheering the nurses, doctors and other medical personnel who bravely went off to work to care for those f…

Some days it’s hard to tell if progress is being made toward getting large numbers of people vaccinated against the coronavirus. If you’re in the “phase 3” portion – the general public – then April through June, as noted on the state Department of Public Health website, feels like a long way off.

Should lawmakers and state officials accept pay raises they were automatically granted at the beginning of the year? The state Constitution provides for raises for top elected officials that are tied to changes in the state's median household income. Gov. Charlie Baker in December certified…

No matter how deep her love of Andover Public Schools, Claudia Bach might’ve been forgiven a decision to stay in retirement rather than pick up her old job, as the town’s superintendent, pending the search for someone to replace Sheldon Berman.

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