mayor william lantigua’s successful appeal for the state to run the Lawrence Public Schools brought about another big development: the mayor sat down to talk with an Eagle-Tribune reporter who was writing about the takeover. It was a temporary cease-fire in the mayor’s long-running war with the newspaper, the Merrimack Valley’s largest regional daily. Equally(...)
the state and federal governments are spending more than $100 million to bring wired broadband access to the 5 percent of Massachusetts residents who don’t have it and can’t get it. Contractors are laying out more than 1,300 miles of fiber optic cable in 123 cities and towns from Worcester County westward. Part of the(...)
Rep.Vinny deMacedo, left, a Republican from Plymouth, and his brother Donald Macedo, a UMass Boston professor. Photo by Yawu Miller. contrasting experiences can give rise to sharply contrasting political views. Sometimes that happens even within a family. Vinny deMacedo, a Republican state representative, and his brother Donaldo Macedo, a professor at the University of Massachusetts(...)
droves of employees are leaving the state’s court system, slowing down the delivery of justice and raising safety concerns inside courtrooms. To cope with budget cutbacks, court officials imposed a hiring freeze in October 2008 and followed that up by offering voluntary retirement incentives in fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011. The incentives, principally a(...)
The Great Recession is wreaking havoc with students who are piling up debt in pursuit of college degrees that keep rising in cost.
It is the height of the Occupy movement last fall, and some 200 demonstrators are marching into Boston’s Financial District chanting slogans such as, “If we don’t get no jobs, you don’t get no peace.” As the group stops to demonstrate in front of the Bank of America building on Federal Street, a woman yells(...)
A standoff over the development of land in Freetown casts a spotlight on a little-known agency with an outsized role over development in Massachusetts
The proposed site of the Meditech office park development. Photo by J. Cappuccio. Peace summits are preceded by battles. And as far as Beacon Hill turf battles go, the one that necessitated the November sit-down inside Secretary of State William Galvin’s offices was a doozy. The spat featured months of political gamesmanship and strident(...)
Conservatives in such states as Texas and Mississippi embrace reforms that are tough sellers in liberal Massachusetts
several of the nation’s most conservative, tough-on-crime states are spearheading a growing reform movement that’s cutting both crime and prison costs. The dramatic changes taking place in Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kansas, and Kentucky are designed to keep people out of jail, but they weren’t launched because of pro-prisoner compassion. They are emerging from a(...)
Alex Morse, the 22-year-old openly gay new mayor of Holyoke, sold an ambitious vision for his hometown that may be just what the city needed to hear
the biggest doubts Alex Morse, the newly-elected mayor of Holyoke, had to overcome were whether voters would think someone who was barely out of college could possibly be ready to lead this economically distressed city of 39,000 people. Having his mother gush to a reporter about her remarkable son therefore may not be the type(...)
The political persecution of a chief justice and the lessons for today.
it is no small irony that history, which is the study of the past, may also be the best pathway to understanding current events and anticipating the future. It is with that perspective that I wrote The Vidal Lecture: Sex and Politics in Massachusetts and the Persecution of Chief Justice Robert Bonin (Chilmark/Ashburton Hill, 2011).(...)
The state’s sloppy oversight of public land leases is costly for taxpayers
Wollaston Yacht Club in Quincy. Photo by Michael Manning. The 114-year-old Wollaston Yacht Club is a bit rundown these days, but its location has considerable appeal. Right on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, the club sits on pilings out in the water and offers a panoramic view of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. Though(...)