Opinion

Hey, college presidents, speak up!

Hey, college presidents, speak up!

University heads protect their coffers by avoiding big issues

COLLEGE PRESIDENTS HAVE long used the bully pulpit that comes with their office to shape public opinion. That is, until now. Today, college leaders remain silent, having turned their sights inward to their own campuses. Their desire to avoid any press has diminished their moral authority and role as important thought leaders. In the past,(...)

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In DA races, commitment to transparency is crucial

In DA races, commitment to transparency is crucial

Voters should demand regular release of data to gauge fairness of system

MASSACHUSETTS WILL HOLD primary elections for district attorney on Tuesday, and general elections in November. In the past, candidates have almost always run unopposed, and voter interest in the races has been low. This year, however, in many counties, challengers are taking on incumbents. In Suffolk County, where Dan Conley has decided not to run,(...)

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Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

UMass Lowell adjunct faculty should negotiate seriously

FOR THE BETTER PART of a decade, I had the privilege of working with then-UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. It was exciting to be a part of a team that initiated a remarkable transformation of UMass Lowell that continues today. The campus has experienced dramatic increases in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; faculty hiring; research(...)

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Report on Boston school assignment plan is troubling

Report on Boston school assignment plan is troubling

Leaders owe answers on how they’ll address equity issues

THE FINDINGS OF the recent Boston Area Research Initiative report on equity in the Boston Public Schools assignment plan – the Home Based Assignment plan – were for the most part not too shocking for anyone who has followed school assignment politics in Boston for the past five years. The report finds, in short, “that(...)

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Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

40% of freshman class will be living in dorms

NEXT WEEK, as students return to University of Massachusetts Boston, a number of them will do something no one has done in the school’s history: Live on campus. For the first 53 years of its history, UMass Boston students commuted to campus by bus, T, or car. This year that will change. Approximately 1,000 students(...)

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Lawmakers have more work to do on energy

Lawmakers have more work to do on energy

We need access to more natural gas

AS IT ALWAYS DOES, the summer’s legislative session on Beacon Hill concluded with a flurry of activity, ending with a number of bills sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on everything from a sales tax holiday to automatic voter registration. For all our progress, one area where work isn’t finished is energy. Massachusetts has shown(...)

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Meehan puts students, faculty last

Meehan puts students, faculty last

UMass president refuses to bargain with Lowell adjunct profs for better wages and benefits

MARTY MEEHAN’S FAILURES as president of the University of Massachusetts system have been big news lately. A controversial land grab to benefit Amherst at the expense of other campuses and a no-confidence vote by UMass Boston faculty were just the start. Now, he’s facing another controversy at UMass Lowell, where he was chancellor before taking over the entire system.(...)

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Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass.

Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass.

We need closer-to-home renewables that actually reduce emissions

MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES submitted long-term hydro electricity supply contracts to the Department of Public Utilities for review recently. The Massachusetts Sierra Club believes strongly that these contracts are not the right way to get the regional clean energy we all need. Here are four reason why importing electricity from Quebec via a transmission line(...)

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Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Policies for more EVs, less driving improve health and air quality

TRANSPORTATION IS THE largest source of carbon pollution in the Commonwealth, producing 40 percent of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions. Cities and towns can play an important role in leading the way to a clean transportation future. How? By helping residents drive less, and switch to electric vehicles when they must continue to drive. While the(...)

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Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass.

Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass.

Tells DPU project will harm landscape, won’t reduce emissions

Below is an edited version of testimony delivered by to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on contracts to purchase hydro-electricity from Hydro-Quebec via a transmission line being built by Central Maine Power in Maine. THE CENTRAL MAINE POWER proposal is bad for the people of Maine and Massachusetts, our economies, and our environment. CMP’s(...)

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