If you want to take cars off the road, make it easier for commuters to take buses, subways and commuter trains. And if you want to help people find affordable housing -- or move on from affordable housing -- freeing residents from the need to also pay for a car can be a big boost.

It's no surprise that states -- at least three of them in New England -- with the toughest gun ownership laws regularly record the lowest number of firearm deaths. States that have strict background checks, permitting requirements and penalties for gun law violations recorded the lowest rate…

Often this space is devoted to criticism of things overlooked or ignored by Beacon Hill — a scarcity of funding for a healthy food program, the absence of a driving-while-stoned law or the lack of rules requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools are just a few from the past couple of weeks.

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Haverhill - Mary M. (Cody) Burwell, 79, of Haverhill, died Sunday morning, February 23, at High Pointe Hospice House, surrounded by her family. She was born in Boston, April 4, 1940, daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Ahern) Cody. Educated in the Revere school system, Mrs. Burwell gradua…