Spring 2002

Spring 2002

Counterpoint

Rep. Thomas O’Brien claims his charter school bill is being put forward primarily for fiscal reasons, in the belief that a moratorium on the granting of new charters will somehow save money for the Commonwealth and its public schools during this time of budgetary crisis. If this is the intent, the bill fails even on(...)

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Argument

I would like to believe that someone who just lost his job would not build a new house or buy a new car. It seems like common sense. Why undertake new financial responsibilities at a time when the future is uncertain? We all want to believe that we would never do something so irresponsible. And(...)

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How the iEaglei editor flew the coop

How the iEaglei editor flew the coop

INTRO TEXT When Steve Lambert swooped into Lawrence as editor of The Eagle-Tribune, the mild-mannered newsman made some big moves to change the tenor and focus of the scrappy daily, which had earned praise over the years for its hard-hitting reporting but also scorn for a slash-and-burn style that some say only compounded the city’s(...)

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On the Hook

On the Hook

Regulators are trying to renew fish stocks. But are they throwing fishermen overboard? Photographs by Farnsworth/Blalock Stephen Smith, a 36-year-old fisherman from Ipswich, steers the Scotia Boat Too, a 42-foot gill-netter, through Gloucester Harbor two hours before sunrise on a cold Tuesday in late January. But before beginning the day’s fishing trip, Smith and his(...)

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In Need of Guidance

In Need of Guidance

High school counselors are playing pal, shrink, and surrogate parent for stressed-out kids. So who’s planning students’ academic future? Photographs by Mark Morelli It was 25 years ago that Brockton High School counselor Tom Ross painted the message in brown stencil letters on the institutional yellow cinderblock wall. It ends with the pitch: “The only(...)

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Anti-Family Values

Anti-Family Values

For middle-class families, a house in the suburbs is a dream that's becoming more elusive than ever.

Photographs by Flint Born   TRACEY AND SEAN FRANCIS used to look forward to Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. That’s the day The Patriot Ledger newspaper carries its big weekly real estate listings covering the South Shore area where they both grew up, and where they hope to raise their two young daughters.(...)

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Battling the cable guys in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE– When there’s a problem with their cable-television service, Lakeville residents call AT&T– whose nearest customer center is in New Bedford, almost 20 miles away. Just a few years ago, they could have gotten help from an office much closer, in next-door Middleborough, but MediaOne shut it down shortly before being taken over by AT&T,(...)

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State return on federal taxes

Once the beneficiary of federal largesse, Massachusetts is now on the losing end of the tax-and-spend game. For every tax dollar sent to Washington in fiscal year 2000, the Bay State gets back only 86 cents in government services and contracts, according to a study by the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation (www.taxfoundation.org). A decade ago,(...)

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