Community Voices

As an independent, nonpartisan news outlet dedicated to diverse community voices, The New Bedford Light welcomes guest essays. Opinions expressed in our Community Voices essays are those of the individual writers

In addition to our longer Community Voices essay series, we welcome short comments related to our news coverage and all aspects of life in New Bedford. Use our online comment form; send your thoughts via email to; or share them on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Commentary: ‘Embrace giving and offer what you can’

“As the season of gratitude approaches, I am reminded of my family’s experience and the power of community. I am forever grateful for the generosity and support of family, friends, neighbors, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that helped us through a traumatic time.” — SouthCoast Community Foundation CEO Dr. Melanie Edwards-Tavares

In response: UMass executives throw ‘unequivocal support’ behind Chancellor Fuller

“Without the necessary state appropriation, the university estimated it would need to impose an additional 4.5% increase in tuition on all 4,500 undergraduate students just to keep 150 students in the Star Store, something the chancellor was simply unwilling to do.” — UMass president and board chair


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