Opinion

New York is a bad neighbor to New England

New York is a bad neighbor to New England

Gov. Cuomo is blocking pipelines that could help region

DEAR NEW ENGLAND: As a rule of thumb, I generally don’t feel bad for anyone who roots for the Bruins or the Patriots. But lately, I’ve re-considered such feelings. New York has been a bad neighbor. For years, you’ve experienced some of the highest electricity and home heating prices in the nation—and they make it(...)

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Getting the CA, NJ perspective on millionaire tax

Getting the CA, NJ perspective on millionaire tax

Taxing highest incomes to make public investments works

AS MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS weigh a ballot initiative to raise the tax rate on personal income over $1 million, the experience of other states can provide important insights about the likely impact. Consider our two states. New Jersey’s top tax rate on very high incomes is currently about 9 percent, the rate proposed in Massachusetts. California’s(...)

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MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

MBTA’s unfair rail fares need to change

Current prices based on 1900s-era approach

EVERY DAY, more than 100,000 people ride the commuter rail in and around Boston, headed not just to work, but also to shop, spend time with family and friends, make medical appointments, and attend cultural or sporting events. Today more than ever, mobility across our growing region is fundamental for equitable access to jobs, healthcare,(...)

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The Mount Ida Rorschach test

The Mount Ida Rorschach test

Closure raises vexing issues for private colleges and state system

TWO MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGES announced plans to close this year. The demise of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster went virtually unnoticed. The closure of Mount Ida College in Newton has created a lot of contention and continues to generate stories, editorials, and opinion columns in multiple news outlets. The location of Mount Ida in metropolitan Boston(...)

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Eight responses about millionaire migration

A reply to report by Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan

A MASSACHUSETTS-BASED FREE MARKET THINK TANK, the Pioneer Institute, produced a paper titled Eight Reasons to Question Professor Cristobal Young’s Conclusions about Millionaire Migration. I welcome the critical reflection on my work. Indeed, scholarly research is always subjected to interrogation and criticism during the publication review process, and there is no reason this should cease(...)

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Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Decision-making on buildings is opaque and uncoordinated

SPRING IS HERE and thousands of Boston’s families have recently learned where their children will be going to school next year. Many will be entering new schools for the first time, as they attend kindergarten, middle school, and high school welcome sessions. What will they find? Most will experience warm welcomes by teachers, hallways lined(...)

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Offshore wind rush is irresponsible

Offshore wind rush is irresponsible

Turbine farms threaten the future of fishing

In an April opinion piece, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wrote that “affordable, reliable, and abundant American energy drives domestic jobs and prosperity.” If by “drives domestic jobs and prosperity” Zinke meant “threatens the very existence of New England fishermen,” then the East Farm Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island (which represents Rhode Island commercial fishermen)(...)

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Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Eversource: Time to rein in competitive electricity suppliers

Exec stops short of endorsing Healey’s bid to eliminate the firms

AT EVERSOURCE, we’re always working to serve our customers better. Whether it be by continually improving service reliability, enhancing the communication channels available to our customers, or providing straightforward answers to the many questions that arise about our industry, we take our role as a trusted source of energy expertise very seriously. Though the topics(...)

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We need to put a price on carbon

We need to put a price on carbon

Pollution pricing will reduce emissions, boost economy

AS THE STORMS LAST FALL AND WINTER have shown, the impact of extreme weather events on our way of life in the Commonwealth is already painfully visible. Global warming is very likely to increase the frequency and severity of such extremes in the years ahead unless we act energetically to shift from fossil fuels to(...)

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Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Natural gas is not a clean fuel

Globe editorial amplified drumbeat of fossil fuel industry

In a CommonWealth op-ed, Craig Altemose of 350 Massachusetts for a Better Future criticized the Boston Globe editorial board’s advocacy for new natural gas pipelines, for reasons with which I largely agree. Altemose is correct that the Globe overstates the environmental impact of this winter’s reliance on old coal- and oil-fired generating plants.  A May(...)

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