Opinion

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance

Great deal-maker seems content on sidelines

Celebrate or despise his politics, it is hard not to acknowledge the brilliance of President Trump as a competitive opportunist.  His business and political success is a long history of seizing opportunities by understanding what the public is hungry for, whether it is a realty show in the boardroom, get-rich-quick educational formats, or a return(...)

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The dissonance of zoning and immigration

The dissonance of zoning and immigration

Democrats must be the party of open doors – at all levels

NEWTON RECENTLY BECAME a sanctuary city. I was proud to co-sponsor the ordinance and gratified by the legion of residents who rallied at City Hall in support of their immigrant neighbors. The next night, I listened to some of those same residents decry a request to build housing and retail near the Newtonville commuter rail(...)

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No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

No place for ‘personal attack’ on Bump

CommonWealth should have called out Pioneer Institute official

I AM A FAN of MassINC and CommonWealth magazine, and a regular listener to the podcasts you produce. But I want to express in the strongest terms possible my outrage and disappointment in the standards on display at the end of that podcast featuring state Auditor Suzanne Bump and the Pioneer Institute’s Greg Sullivan regarding(...)

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Sununu, Rivera vow to work together on drugs

Sununu, Rivera vow to work together on drugs

Lawrence mayor says supply, demand must be addressed

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera talked by phone on Thursday after Sununu had claimed that most of the drugs flowing into the Granite State were coming from Lawrence. Below are the statements the two officials released following the phone call. Rivera’s statement, which includes a number of grammatical and(...)

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MA transportation system is falling behind

MA transportation system is falling behind

Repair costs are rising as revenue continues to lag

ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH, our infrastructure is in desperate need of modernization and expansion, from our roads to bridges, to trains and buses, to subway and rail stations, to bike paths and more. Investments in transportation can connect us to jobs, education, and healthcare, reduce the time we spend stuck in traffic or waiting for a(...)

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Do legislative staffers deserve a raise, too?

Do legislative staffers deserve a raise, too?

Data poor on worker pay, diversity, and equity

NOW THAT MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATORS have secured increased compensation for themselves, they should take a hard look at the pay levels of those who work for them. Fair and livable wages should be the norm for all workers whether they are employed by private, nonprofit, or public entities. Those who step up into a public service(...)

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Republicans showing their hand on ACA ‘replacement’

Republicans showing their hand on ACA ‘replacement’

Draft health care legislation would slash coverage expansion and subsidies

LATE LAST WEEK, Politico released a leaked 105-page draft bill defining the House Republican plan to repeal/replace/repair/re-whatever the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. The draft legislation was dated February 10, so likely it’s already out of date, though it is the best indication yet of their rapidly evolving intentions and fits with many of their prior recent(...)

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T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

T is rebuilding station in worst possible way

Auburndale upgrade wastes money and doesn’t address rider needs

MUCH OF THE MBTA COMMUTER RAIL network is still not accessible for disabled passengers. But the current proposed solution to add accessibility to the Auburndale commuter rail station in Newton will potentially cost $11 million and make service worse both for riders who use that station, and for the many thousands of daily riders on(...)

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A better way to address regional inequality

A better way to address regional inequality

Proposals of DiCara, Waskiewicz aimed at wrong targets

IN THEIR RECENT PIECE “Bridging the urban-rural divide in Mass.,” Lawrence S. DiCara and Matt Waskiewicz address the issue of regional inequality. They explain how the erosion of manufacturing jobs has caused the decline of outlying rural areas around Massachusetts. To address the issue, they propose, as part of “a framework of urban-rural mutualism,” three solutions: incentivizing(...)

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MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

MBTA outsourcing is not paying off

Tab is increasing for Silver Line bus repairs sent to Maine

IT’S A simple equation. Whenever we privatize or outsource public services, we as a state and as taxpayers lose control. Case after case has shown that when we hand over control of core services like vehicle repair, it does not serve the interests of the public in the long-term. Yet, here in Massachusetts, full-blown privatization(...)

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