American mothers a century ago largely gave up the habit of nursing their infants for at least the first several months of their lives. Not only did this go against 200,000 years of natural human behavior, it also defied an effort by the U.S. medical community to maintain breastfeeding.

Over the past couple of decades, a housing-first model for helping homeless people has gained traction among American social services providers. It prioritizes stabilizing a person’s life with permanent housing, instead of first requiring measures of progress such as overcoming addictions or…

The tragic mishandling of the water system in Flint, Michigan, made the nation aware last year of the risk of lead in drinking water. That prompted the discovery that half the school buildings in Newark — which average 92 years old — had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water.

When Stockton University removed a sculpture of its namesake late last month and received an outpouring of criticism in response, it said it hoped the affair would be “a teachable moment” for students and the community. We agree and hope the university’s administrators have learned their les…

In 1996, a local car club held a show and crafts sale on a Saturday around Halloween at Fleming’s Auto Parts, a vehicle junkyard on Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township. It was an instant hit, drawing 35 classic cars and a crowd its first year.

Abusing or killing animals for perverse enjoyment and profit is horrible, so last year’s multistate raid on a dog-fighting network was very welcome. It was sad, though, to see seven of the 10 people charged and 19 of the 66 dogs seized come from Cumberland County.

The terrible devastation in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey strikes a deep chord of sympathy in residents along the Jersey Shore. They know the damage water can do, and they experience cyclonic storms that sit on the coast and dump rain inland (called nor’easters here), although nothi…

New Jersey legalized daily fantasy last week, culminating a few years of work toward regulating and taxing the growing form of online gaming. Players put together fantasy teams based on real players and bet on the outcome of simulated competitions. The state expects its 10.5 percent tax to g…

Fire is an everlasting threat to people and their property. When it burns a forest, it can reach a devastating, uncontrollable size. The power and speed of forest fires each year kill people who can’t outrun them, and even some of the specially trained firefighters trying to avert such tragedies.

Give South Jersey Gas credit. In August 2014 it got state approval for a three-year, $103.5 million project to help prevent storms from disrupting vulnerable natural gas systems from Atlantic City to Cape May. Now, three years later, the work is done and at the expected cost.

For several years, New Jersey politicians have mounted a bipartisan crusade against e-cigarettes. They weren’t sure about the science, but they knew tobacco taxes and settlement money were pumping more than $900 million a year into the state budget — and smokers were switching to e-cigarette…

George E. Norcross III is chairman of Cooper Health System and its Cooper University Hospital, chairman of national insurance brokerage Conner Strong & Buckelew, and oversees one of the state’s most powerful Democratic coalitions, which he co-founded.