Eileen McNamara

Death with Dignity?

Illustration by Shout  AFTER A FALL at his Florida retirement home, Lester Angell was robbed of any mobility not already lost to metastatic prostate cancer. An impending hospital admission promised to steal what little autonomy the 81-year-old had left. As…

Immovable Object

IT’S NOVEMBER IN AN OFF-YEAR ELECTION, which means Bostonians are pretending to care who survives a seven-way race for four at-large seats on the city council. What they should be preoccupied with, though, is the only political question in town…

Fatal Attraction

SHE DYED HER HAIR the color he liked. She shut out her friends after he ordered her to stop talking to them. She had sex before she was ready because he told her it was the only way to prove…

The Long Goodbye

HER CELL NUMBER REGISTERS as vividly in his memory as it did a decade ago on the caller ID of his desktop phone at the Boston office of the investment firm Brown Brothers Harriman. The silence at her end of…

Parents Gone Wild!

THESE ARE TOUGH TIMES to be a child in Massachusetts. Not satisfied with all but encasing children’s bodies in bubble wrap — banning sleds from Raynham’s best coasting hill, expelling tag from an Attleboro schoolyard, banishing birthday cupcakes from Mansfield…

A Party of Asses

SENATORS FROM NEW YORK AND NEVADA are urging Harvard’s Elizabeth Warren to take on Senator Scott Brown in 2012. Howard Dean’s former presidential campaign manager is working for Democrat Bob Massie, who’s already announced that he’s in the race for…

Out of the Mouths of Babes

NOTHING REVEALS the true priorities of politicians like tough economic times. By that measure, even the supposedly progressive lawmakers who dominate Beacon Hill are an inconsistent and cowardly lot. Democrats in our state, reputed to be the most liberal in…

Dead Air

REMIND ME AGAIN why eliminating taxpayer subsidies for public broadcasting is a right-wing idea? [sidebar]Liberals are incensed that Congressional Republicans want to strip PBS and NPR of federal funds, but when is the last time they took a hard look…

Campaign Confidential

GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK HAS DESCRIBED Senator Scott Brown’s candor about the beatings and molestation he suffered as a boy as “very brave.” Senator John Kerry has said Brown’s revelations in his new memoir, Against All Odds, could help those who…

Gun Control: You Live Free, We Die

IN ARIZONA, A GUNMAN OPENS FIRE in a supermarket parking lot and six people, including nine-year-old Christina Green, are killed. Thirteen others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, are wounded. In Massachusetts, we shake our learned heads at the gunslinger mores of…