Fall 2000

Fall 2000

Counterpoint

I am a democrat. A little “d” democrat. I think democracy is a good thing. A clear-eyed, educated, and informed public went to the polls on November 3, 1998 and cast a binding vote to enact the Massachusetts Clean Elections Law by a two-to-one margin. More than one million voters understood the need to overhaul(...)

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Argument

I am proud to be a Democrat. I contribute to other Democrats who run for office. I do not contribute to Republicans as a rule. I don’t contribute to people who have views that are not in line with mine or whom I do not support. However, under the so-called Clean Elections Law, I am(...)

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The vanishing T token

The world of high technology has transformed Massachusetts economically. Could fare collection at the T be the next inroad for electronica? Thanks to an overhaul this year in the way the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is funded, the Boston-area transit agency is making some changes. For one thing, the fares have gone up-the first across-the-board(...)

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Summer school scenes

Like a lot of other students in the Boston public schools this past summer, 15-year-old Christine Dihigo needed a little push. By her own admission, Christine, a self-confident girl with a dramatic flair for reading aloud in class, “didn’t care” about doing well in ninth grade last year at Brighton High School. As a result,(...)

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Revolvingdoor prisons

Urban anti-crime activists say they have two groups of people to worry about in the coming years: the large cohort of youngsters now aging into their teenage years and the generation of toughs sent to prison in the crackdown of the ’90s who are now getting out. “You’ve got young guys on the corner trying(...)

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Pay hike for prosecutors

The Legislature may have granted the wish of the Commonwealth’s assistant district attorneys for more pay, but in doing so law makers have opened a budgetary Pandora’s box for their bosses. Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley had planned to raise the entry-level salary for assistant prosecutors in her office to $30,000 for the first(...)

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Tapped Out

The signs posted all over town proclaimed, “Water Ban in Effect.” But it was hard to take them seriously. July in Massachusetts was unusually cool and wet, and Franklin, an I-495 suburb southwest of Boston, seemed to have plenty of water: The trees and grass were green, water came out of the tap, and–for Pete’s(...)

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Education reform for adults

Meet young Dale Hollingsworth and don’t be surprised if Matt Damon’s Good Will Hunting comes to mind. Like the hit film’s title character, the attractive, charismatic 25-year-old spends his days cleaning buildings at MIT and his nights reading whatever he can find. Whenever he can take a break from scrubbing toilets and mopping floors, he(...)

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CPR for the GOP

With the national party dragging them down, local Republicans need to declare independence

Despite national ascendancy and a 10-year hold on the governor’s office, Massachusetts Republicans seem weaker than ever. We asked diagnosticians from both ends of the political spectrum how to revive the state’s GOP. See Mickey Edwards’s response here. There’s an old joke about a dog-food company on the verge of bankruptcy. For years, the company(...)

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