Eileen McNamara

Death with Dignity?

Carinal Sean O’Malley and the Catholic Church need to stop the fear-mongering so Massachusetts can have an honest debate about physician-assisted suicide

Immovable Object

At this point, Boston is Tom Menino’s world. We just live in it.

Fatal Attraction

As the recent murders of two young women tragically demonstrate, it’s long past time this state got serious about teenage dating violence.

The Long Goodbye

Jeff Gonski lost his fiancée during 9/11. Every September since has been an exercise in distraction—anything to avoid the memories. But with the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks this month, it’s time to look his loss in the eye.

Parents Gone Wild!

In the battle to protect their kids, adults are hurting the very people they claim to be looking out for.

A Party of Asses

With Scott Brown’s reelection campaign gathering momentum, Democrats around here are stuck in a haze of nostalgia and complacency.

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…