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It seems like a long time ago when people lined the streets cheering and waving signs to thank nurses and doctors as they arrived for their shifts at local hospitals, and firefighters and police officers as they headed to work -- all of them facing the mysterious but sometimes deadly coronavirus. 

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would unseal all public records after 90 years that were kept on individuals with mental or physical disabilities and who lived in places like the Fernald School and other state institutions. Currently those records are sealed under health privacy laws, or heavily redacted if they are released.

Most folks like to get through Halloween before thinking about Christmas. This year, however, a steady drumbeat of stories about cargo containers off the coast of California have us worrying whether there will be anything to put under the tree come December.

Most folks like to get through Halloween before thinking about Christmas. This year, however, a steady drumbeat of stories about cargo containers off the coast of California have us worrying whether there will be anything to put under the tree come December.

You don’t need to check results of the latest business survey to know many retailers and restaurants in the region are understaffed, but not by choice.

Police intervened at the end of a raucous Andover Select Board meeting in August, with the town’s police chief ordering one person shouting about free speech to pipe down. In May, a crowd of anti-mask protesters caused the Timberlane Regional School Board to retreat from its in-person meetin…

Police intervened at the end of a raucous Andover Select Board meeting in August, with the town’s police chief ordering one person shouting about free speech to pipe down. In May, a crowd of anti-mask protesters caused the Timberlane Regional School Board to retreat from its in-person meetin…

Deepening last year’s tragedy at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where 77 veterans died after contracting COVID-19, was the facility’s muddled oversight. Failures of management were obvious and have now been studied and documented to a fare thee well. Less clear was how and why someone outside the home didn’t step in sooner to intervene.

A teenager who finally gets that coveted driver’s license need not wait impatiently for documents to show up in the mail to slide behind the wheel. Pass the exam and you can walk out to a car and drive yourself home, to school or to work, provided you have a set of keys.

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.

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