Opinion

Polling matters now more than ever

Polling matters now more than ever

Some polls missed in 2016, but we can’t give up on them

POLLING IS AN act of political resistance. It agglomerates the messy and inconvenient opinions of everyday people, kneads them into a whole, and forces them through the door into the air-conditioned echo chambers of political elites. This is not newly true, it’s just newly apparent. Right now, the polls are an awkward mess steaming on(...)

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Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story

Voc-tech schools are a Mass. success story

4,400 students are on waitlists; let's expand schools that work

MASSACHUSETTS VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL high schools are like the person who toils for years, only to be termed an “overnight sensation” when he or she finally achieves recognition. For over a decade the schools have quietly compiled an impressive record, and the time has come to expand them. Voc-tech schools were once among the staunchest opponents of MCAS(...)

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Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

Baker’s health care tax is bad policy

It’s also not fair and a misreading of history

IN AN ERA OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, a bit of revisionist history may seem like a small sin. But in the case of Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed tax on employers who don’t offer a high level of health insurance, a misreading of history can have serious consequences. The governor claims that the “assessment” represents a revival(...)

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Let’s boost transit-oriented development

Let’s boost transit-oriented development

Developing housing near transportation is a smart move for all

I WAS RECENTLY honored to accept an award on behalf of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force for our work with respect to transit-oriented development.  Anyone who has seen all the changes which have occurred in Boston in the past few decades understands that there is a direct relationship between property values and proximity to public(...)

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Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Comprehensive approach needed for those in criminal justice system

AS A PHYSICIAN, who treats and supports individuals battling substance abuse, I try to be available when the call for help comes, especially from those involved with the criminal justice system. The call for help from John, a former inmate who has struggled with addiction and cycled in and out of prison, arrived via text from an unrecognized number. He(...)

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Say no to Trump’s anti-labor secretary

Say no to Trump’s anti-labor secretary

Puzder no friend to American workers  

ANDREW PUZDER, the CEO of CKE Restaurants and President Trump’s pick for secretary of labor prefers robots over working people. He has said that machines “are always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case.” Welcome to(...)

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Baker: Compromise is sign of strength

Baker: Compromise is sign of strength

Rules out broadbased taxes; calls Airbnb tax closing a loophole

The following is the prepared text of Gov. Charlie Baker’s State of the CommonWealth speech. Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Distinguished elected officials and honored guests. And fellow Citizens. About 750 days ago, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and I stood right here and we pledged to work collaboratively with you(...)

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Buses are what’s next in transportation

Buses are what’s next in transportation

But only if streets are reprogrammed for bus rapid transit

YOU WAIT 20 MINUTES for a bus, only to watch three show up all at once. Soon after boarding, the glut of vehicles carrying hundreds of commuters comes to a grinding halt as one driver up ahead waits an eternity to make a left turn. If you have ever taken a bus in Greater Boston,(...)

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New T board needs to include municipalities

New T board needs to include municipalities

Cities, via nonresidential parking taxes, must have skin in the game

Second of two parts, first part is here. IN THE FIRST ARTICLE in this series, I wrote about the importance of addressing MBTA governance. A 2015 report from two highly respected transportation think tanks identified a number of reasons why the MBTA’s long-standing governance structure may not be optimal.  A governance structure that arises from(...)

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MBTA governance needs radical makeover

MBTA governance needs radical makeover

Municipalities need to play a much bigger role

First in a two-part series; second part is here. THE MBTA’S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is properly in the process of developing a strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future. One element of that plan focuses on the governance of the transit agency, a long overdue and important discussion to(...)

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