“Overall, the children in shared parenting families had better outcomes on measures of emotional, behavioral, and psychological well-being, as well as better physical health and better relationships with their fathers and their mothers, benefits that remained even when there were high levels of conflict between their parents.”

For decades, at the start of a new year, we’ve always gotten a thrill covering what many may consider routine — the swearing in of new leaders for the towns we cover and the appointments that follow, an annual and reassuring ritual in a democracy.

While we wait for our government to help bridge the growing chasm between the rich and poor, we, as individuals, can make a difference. If you have enough food to eat, donate to your local food pantry. 

As we look at the words in our obituaries, we recall the people we talked to, sharing their love — sometimes fierce, sometimes stoic, sometimes gentle.

The first spoken words of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” are: Waake up! Wake up! Wake up! Up ya wake! Up ya wake! Up ya wake!

It’s a bugle call of consequence.

And the bugler is the morning radio-show host Mister Señor Love Daddy — at We Love Radio, 108FM “the last on your dial, but first in your hearts.”

Local governments are the closest to the people they serve and therefore the most attuned to their needs.

We’ve observed over decades at The Enterprise that it can sometimes take years to bring about meaningful change. But we commend those who are taking the steps to lay one brick at a time to build a better world.

After an asbestos-cement water main broke in Altamont this fall, no tests for asbestos were performed so the federal regulation is meaningless, since there is no way to know if it should be enforced.

For many Wampanoags, as well as other Native Americans, Thanksgiving Day is a day of mourning. It’s a day to reflect on the theft of their lands, on the genocide of millions of their people, and on the continuing assault on their culture.