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Sunday, November 27, 2022

CommonWealth Magazine: "Time to come clean about COVID-19"

RATES OF COVID-19 vaccination in this country are too low. Less than half of those over 65 have received a second booster and ,among children under 5, the rate of vaccination with any dose is in the single digits. Uptake of the new bivalent booster is worryingly slow, with just 31 million Americans (10.1 percent of those eligible) having received it despite the Biden administration having ordered over 170 million doses. In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, only a third of adults said they had received the new booster or planned to. 
Perhaps we should have expected this for COVID. After all, these are novel vaccines that were developed and rolled out under highly politicized conditions. But childhood vaccination rates for other conditions, including influenza, polio, and measles, are dropping as well, suggesting that people who would have vaccinated their children in the past are starting to think differently about vaccines. In addition to being a critical public health concern, this represents a serious issue with trust in public health authorities and their messengers. And it is these “science communicators” who need to take ownership of their messaging failures and fix the problem before it is too late.

To be clear, misinformation surrounding vaccines has had a damaging impact on vaccine acceptance. Claims that have absolutely no basis in reality, such as the presence of microchips in the formula, or the ability of the vaccine to make you magnetic, somehow gained traction among a proportion of Americans who believe those lies. Certainly, there also was already a base of true “anti-vaxxers” – often naturopathy-inclined politically left-leaning people in the years before COVID-19 vaccines came on the scene, and primarily far right-wing followers of Donald Trump since COVID vaccines became available. 
But it cannot be true that the over 90 percent of parents of children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years who haven’t opted into vaccination are anti-vaxxers, or even that they have fallen prey to nefarious misinformation spreaders. The messaging from public health authorities, government officials and doctors and scientists like us who speak to the media is simply not working. What could we do better?
Continue reading the article online at CommonWealth Magazine ->

CommonWealth Magazine: "Time to come clean about COVID-19"
CommonWealth Magazine: "Time to come clean about COVID-19"

Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Franklin Voter Guide for 2022 is available

The 2022 Franklin Voter Guide has been published.

The Franklin Voter Guide for 2022 is available
The Franklin Voter Guide for 2022 is available
"The Franklin Area Voting Guide is intended to be a non-partisan resource created by private individuals to allow the people of Franklin, Massachusetts, and surrounding communities to cast an educated vote on issues that impact our community.

Information contained in this guide is provided by candidates and taken verbatim from their survey responses, or sourced from candidate websites/social media accounts, public statements, town halls, and past achievements."

Visit the 2022 Franklin Voter Guide ->

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Resist misinformation: Join the RumorGuard!

Stop falsehoods in their tracks.
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The News Literacy Project has launched a new resource to help you stay informed and push back against misinformation: RumorGuard.

RumorGuard empowers you to know what's safe to share and what should be stopped in its tracks. At, you'll see posts that debunk viral rumors, but we don't stop there: Our team lays out exactly how you can determine that a claim doesn't hold weight, based on five factors for credibility.

Join the RumorGuard: Subscribe to receive emails about how you can help stop the spread of misinformation online.

Each RumorGuard post takes you through the facts behind a specific viral rumor, then breaks down the five factors that you can use to verify any claim:

1 Authenticity: Is it authentic?
2 Source: Has it been posted or confirmed by a credible source?
3 Evidence: Is there evidence that proves the claim?
4 Context: Is the context accurate?
5 Reasoning: Is it based on solid reasoning?

You can dig deeper into news literacy techniques on RumorGuard and take action for facts.

We built RumorGuard to give you the ability to debunk viral falsehoods, but it's also the foundation for our shared future founded on facts. Help us push back against misinformation by signing up and sharing RumorGuard posts with your family and friends.

For a future founded on facts,

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

What is the sound of human knowledge?

"Sound helps shape our perception and how we learn about the world around us. Some sounds are quite simple to identify, like the sound of a rocket launch or the sound of waves crashing against the shore. But how about the sound of all human knowledge?

The Wikimedia movement is searching for a sound logo that will identify content from all of our projects, like Wikipedia, when visual logos are not an option — for example, when virtual voice assistants answer queries.

Through an open contest, organised by the Wikimedia Foundation, we are inviting the world to create The Sound of All Human Knowledge. This sound will help communicate what the Wikimedia movement stands for — trustworthy, reliable, open, and accessible knowledge for all."

What is the sound of human knowledge?
What is the sound of human knowledge?

Friday, September 16, 2022

The State Election 2022 Red Book is coming to your postal mailbox

The Secretary of the Commonwealth has announced:
"Check your mailbox for the red Information for Voters book, which has information on 2022 ballot questions. Books are being delivered to all households this month.

Note: There will be 4 statewide questions on the November ballot. 

Questions 1-3 are included in the printed Information for Voters book. Question 4 was submitted too late to be included, but you can find it in the online version at"

The Red Book is coming to your postal mailbox
The Red Book is coming to your postal mailbox

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Sign up for the MASSter listing for more MA news

Want more MA news in addition to the Franklin information shared here? A good source recently found is the MASSter List. You can sign up for one daily email with a look to the day and a recap of information focused on MA.
"The MASSter source for news and analysis about politics, policy, media, and influence in Massachusetts. Tips:"

Sign up online for this newsletter ->

You can also go direct to a couple of my key MA sources, the Boston Globe and CommonWealth Magazine.

Franklin is not a news desert as we have multiple sources of info.
  • Franklin Town Online delivers to each US Postal box once a month
  • The Franklin Observer provides their views via a daily email
  • The Milford Daily News & MetroWest Daily News sometimes will provide coverage

Dan Kennedy of Northeastern has compiled a listing of the news sources for MA. He publishes a podcast on "What Works" and as part of that shares the listing here -> ttps://

Sign up for the MASSter List for MA news
Sign up for the MASSter List for MA news

For more about the Franklin Matters information process, visit this link


Friday, September 2, 2022

Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates

Important Information and Dates

September - October
Sept 2       No School Professional Development Day
Sept 5       No School Labor Day
Sept 21     Half Day of School; dismissal at 10:55 AM
Sept 26    No School Rosh Hashanah
Sept 28    School Photo Days, more information to come
Sept 29    School Photo Days, more information to come
Sept 29    Back to School Night 6:00 PM -8:00 PM
Oct 5         No School Yom Kippur
Oct 7         Half Day of School; dismissal at 10:55 AM
Oct 10       No School-Indigenous Peoples' Day
Oct 15       PSAT's at FHS for the class of 2024; 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM -- registration info will be emailed to families
Oct 28       Half Day of School; dismissal at 10:55 AM


  • New Student Registration >> click HERE
  • Moving? Complete a Change of Address form >> click HERE
  • School Bus Routes for the 2022-2023 School Year-click HERE
  • Fall Sports Try-Outs and Practices click HERE
  • Register your Franklin Public Schools Chromebook and purchase insurance for it HERE
Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates
Franklin High School News: Important Information and Dates

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Dan Rather: We Should Not Become Inured to the Shock

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Dan Rather: We Should Not Become Inured to the Shock
We Should Not Become Inured to the Shock

The Department of Justice has released the affidavit it used to obtain permission to search Mar-a-Lago and seize files from Donald Trump. The document fills in some details but leaves many questions unanswered, largely because it is heavily redacted — as it should be. The sanctity of the investigation demands it. So does the security of the nation.

What we knew before has been further confirmed — Trump absconded with hundreds of classified documents. We now know these were incredibly sensitive and included information on clandestine human sources and secrets not to be shared with foreign governments. We may never know the documents' exact contents — that's how sensitive this material is. 

What is so striking, as many others have observed, is that as president, Trump was notoriously uninterested in details. He doesn't read. He certainly doesn't pore over policy details. He is famous (or infamous, depending on who is assessing) for "not getting into the weeds." So why these documents? Why did he care so much? What, if anything, do they have in common? Can they point to a motive? We can speculate on what that might be, understanding that he has long ago lost any benefit of the doubt. 

The government said it gleaned the information it included in the affidavit from "a significant number of civilian witnesses." This detail will undoubtedly fuel Trump's paranoia, but it also suggests just how unsafe these national secrets were at Mar-a-Lago. 

As we learn more, as we look for clues, as we wonder and question, we should be careful not to lose track of the big picture. 

At the very minimum, this situation represents a major breach of national security. Do we really believe that any other citizen of this country, which is who post-presidency Trump is, would be walking free if found in possession of these documents? Rather than being persecuted, as Trump self-servingly claims, this affidavit makes it clear that the Department of Justice was extraordinarily patient — possibly to a fault. They gave Trump every opportunity to hand these over. And yet he didn't. Why not? 

At this moment, around the world, women and men are risking their lives for our country. We have a system of secrecy that protects the most sensitive aspects of our national security. It is in place for a reason. Because the lives of Americans and the future health and safety of the nation depend on it. 

That this saga has become "partisan" is not a reflection on the seriousness of these documents. Rather, it is a reflection of how unserious the Party of Trump is when it comes to our national wellbeing.

As shocking as this episode is, we must not become inured to it. Shock like this should not wear off. It should propel us forward to ensure that justice is served and nothing like this ever happens again. 

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Senator Rausch: Sep 6 - Primary Voting Info

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Senator Rausch: Sep 6 - Primary Voting Info

Senator Rausch State House Briefing   
Part 2, Chapter 20 (August 25, 2022)   

It's primary season! Do you have a plan to vote in the Tuesday, September 6 Massachusetts primary election? As a registered voter, you have the choice to vote by mail, vote early, or vote on Election Day. I fought incredibly hard to bring vote by mail to our Commonwealth, and I'm deeply proud that we have expanded access to the ballot box through my legislative work. In such uncertain times, it is crucial that we protect our democracy by preserving our constitutional right to vote. 

In this newsletter, you'll find everything you need to make a voting plan for the Massachusetts primary election. For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter and Facebook. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me and my team via phone (617-722-1555) or email ( We are here to help.   

Happy voting!

Yours in service,  

Senator Becca Rausch   

Resources at a Glance 

Check your voter registration, find your polling place, and preview your ballot 

Find your early voting site

Register to vote or update your voter registration 

Download an application to vote-by-mail, call 800-462-VOTE (8683) to request an application, or email (and include an e-signature) 

Application and ballot tracker

Find your local election office 

Senator Rausch: Sep 6 - Primary Voting Info


The deadline to register for the September 6 primary election is Saturday, August 27. You can check your voter registration, find your polling place, and preview your ballot here. 



Fill out a vote by mail application  

If you did not receive a vote by mail application in the mail, you can request one online, contact your local election office, or call 1-800-462-VOTE to get a copy mailed to you. If you are an unenrolled or independent voter, make sure you indicate on the application which party's primary ballot you want to receive. If you do not apply for a mail-in ballot for the primary, or you miss the deadline, you should get another application in the mail in September to vote by mail in the November 8 general election. 

Send in your vote by mail application 

Simply mail, email, fax, or drop off your application to your town or city clerk. The application sent to you will be addressed with guaranteed prepaid postage. If you submit the application via email, the application must have your signature on it. Your town or city clerk must receive your application by 5PM on Monday, August 29. 

Submit your mail-in ballot 

You can submit your mail-in ballot via mail, ballot drop box, or at your early voting location. 

A mail-in ballot will be sent to you at the address where you registered to vote, or a different address of your choosing if you designated it on your application. You will receive your ballot, instructions for voting by mail and completing your ballot, and an envelope pre-addressed with postage guaranteed to send to your local clerk. Remember to check the back side of your ballot and vote there too. Do not forget to sign your ballot! 

The deadline to drop off your ballot is 8 PM on Election Day, Tuesday, September 6. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by your town or city clerk by 8 PM on Tuesday, September 6. 



If you do not want to vote by mail, you can still vote early in person or head to the polls on Election Day.  

In-Person Early Voting 

Polling will begin on Saturday, August 27 and end on Friday, September 2. 

Voting on Election Day 

Polls will be open from 7AM-8PM on Election Day, Tuesday, September 6th. If you are in line by 8PM, you must be allowed to vote.  

If you have any questions about voting in Massachusetts, please don't hesitate to reach out to my office at 617-722-1555 or the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office at 1-800-462-VOTE. Happy voting!  

Virtual Evening Office Hours

 My team and I host virtual office hours every month

My team and I host virtual office hours every month. Residents from any part of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, as well as residents of the Norfolk, Worcester and Middlesex District (which takes effect in January 2023), are welcome to share their questions and opinions on state issues with me and my team via video chat or phone call.    

Sign up for a 15-minute appointment here.    
Upcoming virtual office hours:    

Monday, September 12, 5-6 PM

Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133