Spring 2008

Spring 2008

Not everyone on the South Coast is getting into training

INTRO TEXT South Coast rail, the plan to extend passenger train service from Boston to New Bedford and Fall River, promises to stir up more grass-roots activism than the Patrick administration has bargained for. Last fall, state transportation officials decided to re-open the route identification process to the region’s residents as well as 11 other(...)

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News from a new generation

News from a new generation

Walter Robinson, who won a Pulitzer Prizeat the Globe, heads the investigativereporting program at Northeastern University. A decade is a long time. But advocates for senior citizens have been trying to drum up support on Beacon Hill for guardianship reform for at least that long. Seniors without relatives or close companions can end up, and(...)

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Betting on the House

Betting on the House

If Gov. Deval Patrick represents the new face of liberalism in the Massachusetts Democratic Party, 14-term Congressman Barney Frank is the unabashed older version. But both men believe that government programs can improve the lives of citizens, and they are not hesitant to say that the government needs more revenue to fund them. Patrick and(...)

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What works

What works

LOCAL GROWERS COMPETE IN COLLEGE CAFETERIAS It used to be a source of frustration in small towns in western and central Massachusetts that the contract for school milk would go to out-of-town dairies because the cost was lower. But over the past five years, Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst (where I teach) has(...)

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Needs improvement

Needs improvement

Here’s one report card that Massachusetts might want to hide: Governing magazine and the Pew Center on the States gave the state a “C” in their Grading the States report, released in early March. As the map below indicates, only New Hampshire and Rhode Island got lower grades for how well their state governments are(...)

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Your town, USA

Your town, USA

walk into a bookstore almost anywhere in America and you’ll find a shelf full of thin paperback books with distinctive sepia-toned covers. Light on text, heavy on photos, numbingly similar in format and content, they’re volumes in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series of local history books. Since 1994, Arcadia has put out more than(...)

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