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Homeless count scheduled for January 28

San Juan County Health & Community Services will participate in the state’s annual Point in Time Count of Homeless Persons (PIT) on Thursday, January 28. Prior to that date it will contact and enlist the cooperation of local agencies and organizations that come in contact with homeless members of the community.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodm

Weekly Note: Ruth Marcus will be replacing Ellen Goodman’s column. Goodman retired at the end of 2009.

  • Jan 11th, 2010

Letting Go Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There is something fitting about writing my last column on…

  • Jan 5th, 2010

Women Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It is one of those moments when I feel like…

  • Dec 24th, 2009

Hooked on Shame Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Things being what they are, I’m delighted when any newspaper…

  • Dec 18th, 2009

A Backlash of Mistrust Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Is there such a thing as communications malpractice? If so,…

  • Nov 30th, 2009

Lipstick on a Rogue Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to hand it to Sarah Palin. I don’t…

  • Nov 20th, 2009

The False Choice Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It was one of those small shocks that come unexpectedly…

  • Nov 14th, 2009

What option for Afghan Women? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- It’s been 11 years since I looked through a photo…

  • Nov 7th, 2009

In Pursuit of Happiness Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Not long ago a group of writers decided to publish…

  • Oct 30th, 2009

A $250 Donation Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- This story begins, as do so many dramas, at the…

  • Oct 25th, 2009

The Gay Divorce Fandango Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- I suppose there is something charming about watching conservative politicians…

  • Oct 9th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

A Question of Health -- And EqualityBOSTON -- My favorite moment so…

  • Oct 2nd, 2009

Now, Where Was I? Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There was a time when I considered myself a champion…

  • Sep 25th, 2009

Clinging to Civility Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- For me, the real Obama moment of this back-to-work season…

  • Sep 18th, 2009

Grateful To Have A Job Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- There was a New Yorker cartoon last spring picturing a…

  • Sep 11th, 2009

His Own Man Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- So the family will be gathering again. No, not the…

  • Aug 28th, 2009

The Equal Rites Awards Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Every year at this time, we prepare to celebrate Aug.…

  • Aug 27th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is on vacation; this column by E.J. Dionne is a…

  • Aug 3rd, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Taking On ‘Big Food’BOSTON -- What caught my eye was not just…

  • Jul 24th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Clarence Thomas, a fierce advocate for impartiality, has said with icy passion,…

  • Jul 18th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

  • Jul 13th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Ellen GoodmanDepending On YouJuly 2, 2009BOSTON -- This is probably not the…

Ellen Goodman

Depending On YouBOSTON -- This is probably not the best week to…

  • Jul 6th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

Journalism In A Twitter Era BOSTON -- From time to time, a…

  • Jun 29th, 2009

Ellen Goodman

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Ellen Goodman

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Michelle Obama brings ‘First Garden’ to the White House | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- You have to admit that this gives new meaning to the idea of a “shovel-ready project.” There are now 1,100 square feet on the South Lawn of the White House being transformed into a kitchen garden. If Americans follow the first family’s lead, the seed pack will become the new stimulus package. At least we’ll have something to do with those pitchforks after the AIG bonus babies surrender their money.

President Bush ‘fell to the occasion’

BOSTON — I was doing fine until I saw the rocking chairs. My attacks of Bush-bashing were in remission. I told myself it was time to move on, to embrace the change you can believe in and, well, you get the idea.

  • Dec 31st, 2008

Passing of the political torch will require easing generational struggles | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Did you miss this in the post-election news? Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, announced that he will give up the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee to Sen. Daniel Inouye, 84. The torch has passed to a new generation.

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – Unless you stayed up to the bitter end, you missed the last question. It came over the Internet from Peggy in Amherst, N.H., and, as Tom Brokaw warned, it had a certain “Zen-like” quality: “What don’t you know and how will you learn it?”

  • Oct 10th, 2008

Supreme Court up for grabs in ’08 Election | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – I really hate to bring it up. We already have two branches of our national government in full-scale meltdown. The president looks like a guy pleading before the parole board for early release. The Congress makes “dysfunctional” sound like a compliment.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Sarah Palin pick isn’t looking so good, thus far | Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – You gotta love this campaign. No sooner does the curtain come crashing down on one climactic moment than up it goes on another. The Democrats choose NoDrama Obama and the channel switches to Soap Opera McCain. You want change? I’ll show you change: Introducing Sarah Palin, a running mate as unfamiliar as the tundra.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Sometimes, life is just bittersweet | Ellen Goodman

CASCO BAY, Maine – These are the summer days when the island is overrun with gifts. The raspberries are still ripe and the first of the blackberries have arrived, bearing their sweet intimations of fall.

  • Aug 15th, 2008

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – I don’t know too many economists who get confused with preachers. But there are times when they talk about virtue and temptation as if they were free-market holy rollers.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON – During the Vietnam War there was a phrase that came to symbolize the entire misbegotten adventure: “It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.” It was said at first with sincerity, then repeated with irony, and finally with despair.

  • Jun 17th, 2008