Mariano: Trump’s Medicaid work requirement is only half-baked

“Unfortunately, while the overall idea has considerable merit, in my opinion, the Trump proposal is only half-baked. Rather than a thoughtful program that will accomplish the laudable goal of helping more people get back to work and off of government assistance, this program is thin on program details and lacks the financial wherewithal to make it work.”

Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival. The viral success of #MeuPrimeiroAssedio spurred a spate of social media activism in Brazil, where despite decades of feminist efforts gender inequality remains deeply entrenched. A Holy Cross professor explores.

Fed threats could be boon to early, steadfast Mass. pot investors

“There’s a different calculation in terms of what the risks are, no question. But there’s also a different calculation in terms of what the returns are because fewer people potentially will enter the business, therefore the potential returns are greater,” Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, recently told WGBH’s “Greater Boston.”

Mariano: Ideas worth considering for Worcester

“It is important that city officials focus on the day-to-day operation of our city departments – on routine services, both big and small, that we receive. Many departments do a good job, but all of them can do better. Here are a few ideas worth considering.”