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Katherine Gergen Barnett

How do we heal our loss and trauma while the pandemic continues on?

When we seek to understand the complete picture of someone’s life, we can begin the healing process, even if we cannot undo the trauma.

Lauren Stiller Rikleen
Jordan Chiles (left) and Simone Biles of Team United States react during the Women's Team Final on day four of the Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, July 27 in Tokyo.

Simone Biles, teacher

She is showing her generation that there is a price to be paid for ignoring the warning signs of stress on long-term mental health.

Joan Vennochi
As Suffolk County district attorney, Rachael Rollins oversees a progressive criminal justice agenda, pivoting away from punishment toward fighting the root causes of crime, such as poverty and substance abuse. That takes courage and conviction.

For Biden, Rachael Rollins is brilliant and a little risky

The president’s nominee for US attorney in Massachusetts breaks the classic prosecutorial mold.

JEFF JACOBY
“Harry Truman was a very rich man on the day he left the White House,” writes Paul Campos, “and he became a good deal richer in the five and a half years between that day and the passage" of the Former Presidents Act.

Harry Truman conned us all

New findings show that the 33rd president, who complained he was being ‘allowed to starve,’ actually left the White House a very rich man.

RENÉE GRAHAM
Anti-vaccine rally protesters hold signs outside of Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, on June 26.

Confusion and timidity rise along with new COVID-19 cases

The Delta variant isn’t the only pandemic threat. Indecision at the White House and CDC is also endangering lives.

SCOT LEHIGH
An American flag flies over a property burned in the Dixie Fire in Plumas County, Calif., on July 26.

The US has lost the ability to think or plan ahead

The climate and COVID-19 crises highlight our democratic dysfunction.

Myechia Minter-Jordan and Michael Curry
ForsythKids dentist Helen Nguyen talks to 2-year-old Emma Alvarez before her dental examination while her mother Grace Duran stands nearby in October 2020. Since dental services were cut off when schools closed, programs like ForsythKids, which runs a mobile school-based dental program in Lynn and other parts of the state, set up outside of community centers, including the Lynn Boys and Girls Club.

To solve health care inequity, Mass. should address the social determinants of health

A piecemeal approach will not remedy centuries of racial injustice. To ensure the state leads the nation in the health and well-being of its residents, equity must guide every decision.

Bruce A. Percelay
The entrance to a high-efficiency one-bedroom apartment in Mattapan, which was converted from a basement by homeowner Wesley Williams, Jr.

A 10-point plan to increase Boston’s affordable housing stock quickly — and inexpensively

City leaders and the development community should work together to stimulate the production of affordable housing.