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.

Opinion: Police profession needs makeover in 2022

A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that 6 in 10 Americans reported that their confidence in police officers has been shaken. The same percent believe that police officers are not held accountable for their unlawful behavior.

Letter: Trump ‘Putin envy’ contributed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

In no small measure, Donald Trump contributed to the crisis in Ukraine by his actions and inactions during and after his presidency. By enabling Vladimir Putin to pursue his personal agenda of glorifying Russia and enhancing his status, and by his disabling of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in his effort to be re-elected, Trump’s narcissistic behavior…

Letter: Common Start legislation will lift up all families

I fully support the Common Start legislation currently making its way through the Massachusetts State House. That legislation will provide livable wages to the childcare workers who do such important work. It will raise reimbursements to the providers who employ those workers so they can afford to keep their doors open. In addition, it will…


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