Olympics

The gay marriage-Boston 2024 connection

The gay marriage-Boston 2024 connection

Arguments against gay marriage and for a Boston Olympics didn't make sense

I CLOSELY FOLLOWED the debate around the Boston 2024 Olympics bid, and it seemed odd to me at first, but I just kept connecting it to the gay marriage fight, which I lived through as a citizen of Massachusetts 10 years ago.  Eventually, light dawned over the South End and I realized why.  Just like(...)

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An Olympic accounting

  Thank God it’s over.That was the overwhelming sentiment among the area’s columnists and editorial pages. Boston Globe columnists Joan Vennochi, Dan Shaughnessy, Dante Ramos, John Powers, and Kevin Cullen all welcomed the end of Boston’s Olympic dreams. So did the Boston Herald’s editorial page and columnists Howie Carr and Steve Buckley, as well as Boston magazine’s Kyle(...)

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Finish line for Boston 2024

Finish line for Boston 2024

Athenian give-and-take ends Olympic bid

BOSTON’S DREAMS OF Olympic glory are over. Did we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Did we blow a transformational opportunity, with all that talk that the US entry for the 2024 Summer Games would be the odds-on favorite to win the bid? Boston 2024 boosters argued that a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Boston was(...)

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What does Boston’s withdrawal say about the city?

What does Boston’s withdrawal say about the city?

Opponents and proponents of hosting the Olympics offer their views

Statement of No Boston Olympics Boston is a world-class city.  We are a city with an important past and a bright future. We got that way by thinking big, but also thinking smart. We need to move forward as a city, and today’s decision allows us to do that on our own terms, not the terms(...)

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Boston drops out of running for Olympics

Boston drops out of running for Olympics

Mayor, governor wouldn't be rushed on commitments

THE PRIVATE GROUP seeking to host a Boston Olympics in 2024 dropped its bid on Monday, shortly after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker told the US Olympic Committee that they needed more time before committing to the effort. Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the US Olympic Committee, issued a joint statement with(...)

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Five takeaways from the Olympics debate

Five takeaways from the Olympics debate

A lot of noise and numbers, but little illumination

THIS BOSTON OLYMPICS DEBATE was a train wreck. There were occasional flashes of insight, but overall the two reporters asking the questions and the four debaters answering them did little to illuminate the subject matter. They tossed numbers around indiscriminately, they got sidetracked on seemingly inconsequential issues, and they ended up all too often talking(...)

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4 things to watch in Olympics debate

4 things to watch in Olympics debate

Latest poll data show no clear trends

THURSDAY NIGHT, Boston 2024 and No Boston Olympics will meet in a debate hosted by Fox25 and the Boston Globe. Boston 2024’s representatives will be chairman Steve Pagliuca and Daniel Doctoroff, a board member of both Boston 2024 and the US Olympic Committee. Their opponents will be Chris Dempsey, the cochair of No Boston Olympics,(...)

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Olympics jobs shouldn’t be union only

Olympics jobs shouldn’t be union only

Bid 2.0 excludes four-fifths of workers

BOSTON 2024’s second plan to host the Summer Olympics in Massachusetts attempts to convince taxpayers it’s financially feasible and responsible. However, the inclusion of a discriminatory and costly hiring policy contradicts that point. In unveiling Bid 2.0 last week, Steve Pagliuca, chairman of Boston 2024, promised the Olympics would generate “billions of dollars of spending(...)

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