As much as we look forward to taking our usual seats in city council and school committee chambers for in-person debates over budgets and class sizes, we recognize that state and local governments need more time to wean themselves from Zoom. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Now that COVID-19 is receding, we can clearly see the lingering impact on individuals afflicted with long-term health problems as well as institutions whose business models were damaged along the way. Among the latter are, ironically, healers that are now suffering -- hospitals whose efforts…

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Lawrence General Hospital was in the thick of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Merrimack Valley. As of two weeks ago, it had administered more than 235,000 COVID-19 tests through its local clinic, according to President and CEO Deborah Wilson. It had given more than 103,000 vaccines.

With news this week of a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Quincy calling for that city to spend in excess of $100 million to cut pollution flowing into adjoining rivers and Boston Harbor, we see continuing progress on this long-standing problem.

The Blue Economy is already a powerful economic engine for the country as a whole and Massachusetts in particular. But it needs investment -- in time, attention and resources -- to continue to grow.

Ordering a drink with your take-out meal — a margarita from Casa Blanca in North Andover, maybe, or the “Somewhat Damaged” martini from Ledger in Salem — is a welcome advent of the pandemic. Long after COVID-19 is a distant memory, one imagines its role in inspiring drinks-to-go as the topic…

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