A new partnership agreement between the city of Boston and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services establishes an important framework for making immigrants aware of their rights and responsibilities, especially if they aspire to become citizens one day.
We are trying to understand the obstructionist philosophy that some Republican strategists have adopted to thwart gay marriage. We understand the position of socially conservative business owners who’ve argued that covering contraceptive products under medical insurance for their employees violates their religious beliefs.
While some continue to lament the Supreme Court decision that led to two history-making events in Denton County on Monday — issuance of the first same-sex marriage license and the first same-sex wedding performed by a county elected official — others see the promise of blossoming economic benefits.
More people should adopt the philosophy that has made Our Daily Bread a beacon of hope in Denton. The nonprofit organization celebrated a milestone last week by serving its 600,000th free meal, but the soup kitchen is not just about filling hungry bellies.
The horrific Charleston church shooting has put a host of Confederate symbols into society’s crosshairs. South Carolina is taking steps toward removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in Columbia. Students and progressive forces in Austin are protesting the Jefferson Davis statue on the University of Texas campus.
Not to be dyspeptic at a time when spring rains have replenished rivers and reservoirs and cool breezes continue to fend off beastly hot weather, but we’re wondering whether it’s time for the Lone Star State to engage — if you’ll pardon the cliche — in a bit of “rebranding.”
We keep thinking Texas lawmakers will pass some laws that actually have the support of a majority of the people who live and work in this state, but our hope is waning as this legislative session winds down.
We understand the concerns that President Barack Obama is trying to address by ending long-running federal transfers of some combat-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies, but we hope the move doesn’t signal the start of a trend that winds up putting our police officers and the public at risk.