Opinion

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

S. Coast lawmakers push offshore wind project

Lobby Baker administration on clean energy procurement

The following is a letter sent to Matthew Beaton, the secretary of energy and environmental affairs, on December 12 by Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset and cosigned by Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport. AS THE SECTION 83D Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP selection process is coming to a close, I wish to offer my observations and(...)

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Mitchell Chester set bar high for next ed commissioner

Mitchell Chester set bar high for next ed commissioner

Search should look for a leader with his commitment to principled leadership

AS THE Board of Elementary and Secondary Education embarks on its search for a new commissioner following the death in June of Mitchell Chester, I’ve been reflecting on how Commissioner Chester became an accomplished educational leader. I co-produced a tribute video about him this fall and gained insights about him during the many interviews I(...)

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Mass. should import wind power from Canada

Mass. should import wind power from Canada

By looking north, we can meet our emissions reduction goals

RIGHT NOW, New England’s energy future sits at a crossroads. The New England states have made some of the most ambitious clean energy and carbon emission reduction goals in the entire country. Despite these commitments, the truth is there is simply not enough clean energy generation capacity available right now – or in the near(...)

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Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Hydro-Quebec power is not what we want

Emission reductions, tribal claims, money outflow all concerns

OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, the Baker Administration will be making billion-dollar decisions about the kind of energy that will be powering our homes, businesses, and municipalities for decades to come. It is critical we get it right. Across the globe we are watching the devastating impacts of climate disruption. The specter of extreme storms,(...)

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Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Lessons to be learned from Green Line Ext.

Notions about value capture need to be broadened

THE CONTRACTOR BIDS on the Green Line Extension have come in below the upside limit established by the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, including the restoration of several key features such as the community path, which had been temporarily set aside to ensure a margin of safety to get the Green Line Extension launched.(...)

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We cannot test and punish our way to better schools

We cannot test and punish our way to better schools

Time to pause on high-stakes exams and take different approach

THE CLOSER THEY ARE to actual public-school classrooms, the more Massachusetts residents understand it’s time to abandon the failed test-and-punish approach to school improvement. For two decades, we’ve seen how high-stakes standardized testing hurts students and fails to prepare them well for life. Now, there’s a growing realization that it’s time to pause, look at(...)

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Standing up for undocumented students

Standing up for undocumented students

In wake of Trump DACA order, communities must make young people feel safe

OVER 8,000 young people in Massachusetts — and 800,000 nationally — now face an uncertain future as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who had come to the US before the age of 16, attended school or joined the(...)

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Transportation equity key to unlocking state’s potential

Transportation equity key to unlocking state’s potential

Improvements can help lure companies, but we should make them for people who are already here

“IF YOU BUILD IT, they will come.” It’s an appropriate quote for iconic baseball movies, and for a state focused on economic development. Here in Massachusetts, the chatter has been about luring Amazon’s second headquarters either to Greater Boston or one of the other cities across the Commonwealth with bids in the mix. Our state(...)

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Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Putting cash in its place at the MBTA

Eliminating payments on board buses, Green Line makes sense

A HIGHLY FUNCTIONING urban transit system is characterized by its speed, convenience, and reliability.  The Netherlands, a role model for efficient and sustainable mobility, has examples of this in abundance.  Go to places like Amsterdam or The Hague and you will have at your disposal multiple modal choices – trams, buses, and light rail –(...)

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Our schools ignore US history at our peril

Our schools ignore US history at our peril

State must make good on requirement for history instruction and testing

ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO, as a member of the Massachusetts Senate, I co-authored the Massachusetts Education Reform Act. Drafting a complex bill with such far-reaching consequences requires significant compromise, but one thing my counterparts in the House of Representatives and then-Gov. Bill Weld all agreed upon was the importance of educating students about our nation’s history.(...)

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