Strong local media is the key to informed citizens

Engaged citizens require reliable, quality local media institutions. Our area has been fortunate to have a locally oriented newspaper, The Standard-Times. Say what you will about its news coverage, or its Opinion Page, from accolades to criticism, our local newspaper is the life blood of the region’s participatory democracy, and helps establish our region’s agenda. […] Read more »

Scott Lang on the Emily Rooney Show

The city of Taunton approves a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal casino, Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren continue to debate over debates and Spain gets bailed out to the tune of 120 billion dollars. And speaking of bailouts, President Obama is looking for one after a week of accusations and gaffes. It’s Monday afternoon and that means […] Read more »

MacCormack, Lang honored at Bridgewater commencement

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Dr. Jean MacCormack and former New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang were honored Saturday as part of commencement exercises at Bridgewater State University. MacCormack, who is retiring next month, received an honorary doctor of public education degree and Lang was awarded BSU’s distinguished service award. You can read the remainder of this […] Read more »

Waterways headed in right direction

NEW BEDFORD – On the count of three, the rowers hoisted the eight-man shell high above their heads and rumbled down the metal ramp to the dock. A teammate bundled the oars like kindling and ran to catch up. The crew team lowered the boat gingerly into the water and they were on their way, […] Read more »

Fish rules trap boat owners

Massachusetts fishermen’s earnings sank by 14.2 percent in 2011 — a record drop that some blame on the first full year of new federal catch limits, the Herald has found. “They’re just killing us,” said Plymouth fisherman Jim Keding, who sold his boat and downsized into a smaller home because he couldn’t make ends meet […] Read more »

GUEST OPINION: Honoring the sacrifice of our warriors

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are remarks by former New Bedford Mayor Scott W. Lang to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 499 delivered on Vietnam Veterans’ Recognition Day, March 25. Today, I speak as a citizen of New Bedford and the United States. First, I want to once again recognize the tremendous service the military […] Read more »

Governor’s Regulatory Reform Will Create a Strong Economic Future

Appropriate, and carefully drafted government regulations create necessary parameters in all facets of our complex society.  Unfortunately, in many instances, regulations which are archaic, or not well-grounded, stunt economic development opportunities, resulting in job loss, and thwart new growth potential for our communities.  Fortunately though, business owners voice their specific concerns about onerous regulations, and […] Read more »

Lang considers run for governor

Political prognosticators musing about the field of possible 2014 contenders for the Corner Office can add Scott W. Lang to the list. The two-term New Bedford mayor who left office in January to resume a private sector legal practice told the News Service today that he’s considering a bid for the post during the next […] Read more »