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In Support of Pay Equity

- State Senator Patricia Jehlen & Lisa Gurgone, Home Care Aide Council On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that “women’s work” — caring for the sick, elders, and young children — is far underpaid given the skill, effort and […]

Opting Out of Common Core/PARCC

- Robert Penta, Medford City Councilor Knowing about your children’s rights regarding the upcoming Common Core PARCC assessment exam.   … and your right to “OPT OUT!” This Common Core/PARCC issue I’m discussing is vitally important to every parent in Medford and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, so I urge you to take the time […]

Snow Days of the Future

I sit at home as a frustrated teacher on this snow day. My high school web design students are in the middle of a project and soon will be learning how to create mobile apps (although it is unlikely they will create one that can shovel snow, sorry!). However, there is no school on this […]

The State of Education in Our Union

- Curtis Tuden As a high school teacher I am interested in education policy and would like to help others understand its influence on our nation’s schools. The President’s State of the Union address and responses from other elected officials comprise the relevant political perspectives of our nation’s leaders. Their speech transcripts can be analyzed […]

January is National Stalking Awareness Month

By Peter J. Koutoujian & Laura R. Van Zandt Fourteen years ago this month, an explosion rocked an Everett apartment killing a woman and changing forever the way we look at the issue of stalking in Massachusetts. In 2000, Sandra Berfield – a resident of Everett who worked as a waitress in Medford – was […]

Career Talk with Marie Wetmore

How To Dress For Success In The Cold New England Weather Brrr, it is cold today! And it’s not getting warmer anytime soon. But in the workplace, no matter how cold the weather is, appearances still matter. I know it sounds superficial, but as a career coach it’s my job to speak the truth. And […]

RIDE Users To See Decrease in Fares

This week the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved an MBTA plan to reduce fares for RIDE users from $4 per trip to $3 per trip. This is welcome news for tens of thousands of Massachusetts paratransit users who, in July 2012, saw RIDE fares double from $2 to $4. The summer […]

Sheriff Koutoujian: Wishing all a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

The most wonderful season of the year is upon us; a time of joyous celebration with family, friends and loved ones. We want this season to remain a happy, healthy time for all of us and, here in Middlesex County, we’re working to ensure that we do all we can to get important safety information […]

Giving Thanks for A Life of Public Service

Over the coming weeks and months in Massachusetts and across the country, people of different faiths and nationalities will take part in the season of giving. For my family and me, as is the case for most of us, that time will begin with Thanksgiving when we give thanks for the many blessings in our […]

Career Talk with Marie Wetmore

Time Management: The 90 Minute Calendar Rule, Part 2 Welcome to part 2 of the 90 minute calendar rule series. In part 1, we discussed how a well-managed work calendar shouldn’t have unscheduled chunks of free time lasting more than 90 minutes. Overly long periods of unscheduled time leave you bouncing around like a pinball […]

Penta: To be Taxed or not to be Taxed without Representation Forever

Repealing the “forever gas tax”. Earlier this summer, the State Legislature approved a law that increased the gas tax by 3 cents a gallon starting July 31, 2013. The same law also calls for adjusting the tax yearly to match growth in the consumer price index, starting in January of 2015 … now to be […]

‘I Support Carl Sciortino for Congress’

- Donald Chauls On October 15th, Democrats will select our nominee for Ed Markey’s Congressional seat. There are seven candidates in the running. I began this campaign without any favorite, but have carefully watched four of their debates and would like to suggest the following: – All seven are good. I think we could be […]