Opinion

Changing the mindset on commuter rail

Changing the mindset on commuter rail

We need faster electric trains, more service

Earlier this year, the MBTA announced a misguided approach to renovating the Auburndale Commuter Rail station. While it would make the station ADA-compliant, it would do so in a way that foreclosed the possibility of improving service there, and might degrade service on the entire Framingham-Worcester Line. A few weeks later the T floated a(...)

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In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

With population declining, providing quality education means making hard choices

IF NECESSITY IS the mother of invention, we are busy in the Berkshires figuring out new approaches to school challenges we are facing. Berkshire County has seen a decline of more than 20 percent in school district enrollment since 2000, with another 10 percent-plus decline anticipated over the next decade. This has gone hand in(...)

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MA should finance climate change projects abroad

MA should finance climate change projects abroad

Barrett bill would allow tax refunds to go to UN fund

BY PROPOSING TO SLASH FEDERAL SPENDING to combat climate change, President Trump has declared war on our ability to deal with a very real, existential global problem that cannot be solved by building walls.  As Washington abrogates its leadership both at home and abroad, states and cities must step up on both.  Globally, the poorest(...)

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Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Party needs a coherent, future-oriented vision

THERE’S AN OLD QUIP that a camel is a horse designed by committee. In June, Massachusetts Democrats will affirm a new state platform – the camel meant to guide federal and state party officials from Massachusetts for the next four years, including the gubernatorial candidates. Like 2013’s version, it will be a laundry list, not(...)

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Rosenberg: ‘We are no longer rolling in dough’

Rosenberg: ‘We are no longer rolling in dough’

Senate President cites regressive, ineffective tax structure

What follows is the prepared text of a speech delivered Wednesday morning to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  AS WE GATHER HERE TODAY, we have much to celebrate as a business community, as a city, as a Commonwealth. U.S. News and World Report ranks us as the best overall state. CNBC ranks us first(...)

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Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Former speaker did not block progressive values

THERE ARE SOME THINGS I KNOW with certainty.  One of them is that former House speaker Sal DiMasi was a consistent and principled progressive.  Whether he was fighting for health care reform enabling all citizens to have access to health care, or fighting for marriage equality, or fighting against global warming by passing the Global(...)

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We need debt-free college in MA

We need debt-free college in MA

Higher education is contributing to income inequality

SPRING IS UPON US – and across Massachusetts, tens of thousands of students are preparing to graduate and collect their diplomas. In too many cases, the excitement of a new chapter is burdened by the anxiety of student loan debt. In Boston alone, the average student loan recipient carries over $43,000 in debt. That’s 44(...)

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Warren makes case against Gorsuch

Warren makes case against Gorsuch

Gorsuch is more radical than Scalia was

The following is an appeal sent out Tuesday afternoon by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign committee. WHEN JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to slime President Obama’s consensus nominee and steal a Supreme Court seat for Donald Trump. President Trump then returned the favor – picking(...)

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Repeal challenge: Republicans love Obamacare

Repeal challenge: Republicans love Obamacare

GOP leaders contend with the politics of poll numbers

REPUBLICANS APPEAR TO BE preparing another run at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times reported Tuesday that a new version of the wildly unpopular American Health Care Act may be in the works. The initial bill was pulled last month after it lost support on both the right and left(...)

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Whose party is it?

Whose party is it?

Professional-managerial class has commandeered the Democratic Party

SO FAR, THE DEMOCRATIC RACE to take on Gov. Charlie Baker next year has been a who’s who of “who’s that?” Pols and party professionals are rushing to the sidelines in hopes a better choice will emerge. But what is becoming clear is that the competition for the Democratic nomination for governor as well as races for(...)

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