Fall 2000

Fall 2000

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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Hoff Sommers and the war between the sexes

Do schools shortchange boys, girls, or both?

The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men By Christina Hoff Sommers Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000, 253 pages. The War Against Boys is an artifact of what might be called the Culture of Hype. These days, the sound bite, the coverline, the book title has to be titillating to(...)

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No parking in Amherst

AMHERST — This is a town that prides itself on the elevated nature of much of its civic discourse. Amherst town meeting regularly takes stands on issues of high philosophical, not to mention international, import. Amherst was the second municipality, after Oakland, Calif., to endorse a boycott of products from Nigeria. Town meeting took an(...)

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Ethically challenged in Randolph

RANDOLPH-The state’s conflict-of-interest law provides little wiggle room for volunteer members of town boards, as two Randolph officials found out this year–the hard way. In June, Philip Nelson, a landscaper who was also a member of the town’s Landscape Review Board, agreed to pay a $1,750 fine to the State Ethics Commission–the biggest fine levied(...)

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Where are they now A quiz

A scavenger hunt for political has-beens Whatever happened to …? That is the question. They were once movers and shakers in the byzantine world of Bay State politics. But now they are off the radar screen. They had clout, savvy, even–some of them–longevity. Today, they value their hard-earned (and well-deserved) obscurity. But CommonWealth tracked them(...)

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Adult educational attainment

Massachusetts residents are among the country’s best educated, but not everyone is prepared for a knowledge-driven world. Bay State adults rank fourth in college education, with 31 percent holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. But for those holding a high school diploma, the state falls to 18th, with nearly 15 percent of adults lacking that(...)

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Its easier to manage care than expectations

The principal challenge to scientific medicine is no longer discovering new cures but affording new discoveries. Modern medicine represents an awesome, ever-expanding repertoire of life-saving and life-enhancing diagnostic, surgical, and pharmacological inventions. American medicine is quite literally the envy of the world. In the 20th century, it has contributed to a doubling of life expectancy(...)

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How to avoid sentencing scandals

The furor over Superior Court Judge Maria Lopez’s sentence of Charles Horton to home confinement and probation for abducting a child and sexually assaulting him at the point of a screwdriver has, as usual in allegations of judicial “softness” on criminals, veered off in the wrong direction. Calls for the judge’s removal from the bench(...)

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