Editor/Publisher Notes

Harvard’s blank canvas

Harvard’s blank canvas

Take a left on Cattle Drive and go to the end

I WAS STANDING on the roof of the Doubletree Hotel along Soldiers Field Road, looking down at what could easily be described as a whole lot of nothing. But that was sort of the point. Harvard University has bought up an enormous amount of the land surrounding the hotel on the Boston side of the(...)

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About that hot dog

About that hot dog

A rundown of the magazine's highlights

Thomas Farragher at the Boston Globe wrote a column recently about the struggle between hospital haves and have-nots. He likened struggling community hospitals such as Holyoke Medical Center to a push-cart vendor who sets the price of his hot dogs at 60 cents apiece even though they cost $1 to produce. Meanwhile, Massachusetts General and(...)

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Big Three dynamics

Big Three dynamics

How long will they remain ‘one happy family?’

JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS kicked into high gear, the Big Three—Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg—sat down for a joint interview with the State House News Service. They said almost nothing of substance in the interview, but the fact that they were all sitting together talking about each other(...)

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Full disclosure

Full disclosure

Editor's note, summer 2015

OUR SUMMER ISSUE includes stories and analysis on a wide variety of topics, everything from criminal justice reform and climate change to Uber and the incomprehensible medical bills we receive in the mail. Some of these stories deal with subjects and individuals with connections to our parent organization, MassINC—a relationship worth exploring in a bit(...)

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Talk is good

Talk is good

the country is hurtling toward the edge of a fiscal cliff, and nobody in Washington seems inclined to pull back. Indeed, no one in Washington seems inclined to do much of anything. The 112th Congress is likely to be one of the least productive in history. According to the New York Times, Congress passed 173(...)

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Closed-door government

Closed-door government

the machinery of government, whether it’s a regulatory proceeding or the route a bill takes to become law, is de­signed to give members of the public the chance to voice their opinions, to let them evaluate the positions taken by their elected officials, and to give elected officials the chance to reach consensus through the(...)

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Take my wife…please

Take my wife…please

CommonWealth is a pretty serious publication, one that’s not known for its sense of humor. But recently we tried our hand at comedy, hosting a 15th anniversary celebration called “Serious Fun” at the Kennedy Library that featured politicians and members of the media doing live and taped bits. Many of my colleagues in the news(...)

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American Dream: More than a bumper sticker

American Dream: More than a bumper sticker

In 1996, the first issue of CommonWealth magazine featured a cover story on the changing economics of middle-class life in Massachusetts. The story focused on Heritage Road in Billerica, where the residents were doing reasonably well but having some doubts about the promise of the American Dream. As then-editor Dave Denison reported, the families on(...)

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15 years and counting

15 years and counting

In 1996, the first issue of CommonWealth magazine featured a cover story on the changing economics of middle-class life in Massachusetts. The story focused on Heritage Road in Billerica, where the residents were doing reasonably well but having some doubts about the promise of the American Dream. Fifteen years later, CommonWealth is operating in a(...)

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