Opinion

Brownsberger: Criminal justice reform top priority

Brownsberger: Criminal justice reform top priority

To reduce crime, reduce incarceration rates

MY ONGOING TOP PRIORITY as Senate Chair of the Judiciary Committee is criminal justice reform. The criminal justice system is filled with committed professionals – police, prosecutors, judges, and probation, parole and correctional officers. Most of the laws that govern the system made sense when they were enacted and are still individually defensible. Yet, taken(...)

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Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Boston emerging as mobility innovation center

Silicon Valley and Detroit aren’t the only hotspots

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING that mobility – the movement of people and goods – is an incredibly hot space. Start-ups are cropping up across the entire value chain as significant capital is deployed by incumbent strategic investors, mobility-specific funds like Fontinalis and BMW iVentures, as well as general tech funds looking to get in on the action.(...)

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Ira Stepanian will always be ‘Big Ira’

Ira Stepanian will always be ‘Big Ira’

BankBoston president practiced capitalism with a conscience

WHEN IRA STEPANIAN, then president of BankBoston, asked me to join him as executive vice president for external affairs, I told him that I didn’t know much about banking. “That’s OK,” he said. “I don’t know much about external affairs or community relations or how to communicate with employees and regulators and the press. We’ll(...)

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Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.

Three suggestions for linking Boston and rest of state

EVAN HOROWITZ AND JAMES PINDELL of the Boston Globe remarked in a November 14 article that “the Trump effect” occurred in Massachusetts as well: while Greater Boston voted more Democratic in 2016 than 2012, outside of I-495 trended more Republican—often significantly. A map accompanying the story depicted a growing divide between Greater Boston and the(...)

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Baker remembers JFK

Baker remembers JFK

What would he think of our current state of affairs?

What follows is the prepared text of Gov. Charlie Baker’s speech on Wednesday in the House chamber to honor the centennial of former president John F. Kennedy’s birthday. I STILL REMEMBER the first time I heard the words, “President John F. Kennedy.”  It was November 22, 1963.  I had just turned 7 two weeks earlier. (...)

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Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Voices from Ohio on Medicaid expansion

Experience mirrors that of all states that expanded coverage under ACA

OHIO IS ONE of 31 states that expanded Medicaid as permitted by the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare for nearly all low-income citizens. The state’s Republican governor, former presidential candidate John Kasich, has been among the most vocal proponents of the expansion on the Republican side and has taken a lot of grief for it from ACA(...)

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School committees support stronger, lasting reform

School committees support stronger, lasting reform

Five steps to guide any “Education 2.0” initiative

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS from across the Commonwealth are a varied but pragmatic bunch. During this budget season they are focused on balancing budgets and working with school administrators to reallocate existing funding in order to best meet the needs of their community’s children. Responding to the tremendous complexities of federal and state educational policies turns(...)

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Why I’m joining the Democrats — and how they must change

Why I’m joining the Democrats — and how they must change

The party needs a 21st Century New Deal

AMERICAN POLITICS has changed. The driving force today is class – working people versus the wealthy, connected elite – and working people feel angry and left behind. They feel they’re missing out on the American Dream, and wonder what happened to that dream. They’re fighting wars that, after a decade and a half, still leave(...)

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Education must adapt to 21st century

Education must adapt to 21st century

Teacher training and instruction need to change with times

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X THE PAST 25 YEARS have seen dramatic changes in our culture and society. Twenty-five years ago the internet was in its infancy and we still considered our country invulnerable as the twin towers still stood  in(...)

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Eversource solar hikes unwarranted

Eversource solar hikes unwarranted

Benefits of photovoltaics exceed cost to utilities

I READ WITH INTEREST the story entitled “Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar.” In several instances, the utility’s stated reasons for its proposed fee hikes for customers with rooftop solar installations appear to me to be contrary to the facts. While Eversource argues that solar homes use the power grid just like any(...)

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