Fall 2002

Fall 2002

Counterpoint

Contrary to Sam Tyler’s opinion, institutions that offer advanced educational degrees that qualify police personnel for salary upgrades have not stood still for the 30-plus years the Quinn Bill has been in place. Much like police-recruit training, these college programs no longer focus strictly on criminal justice subjects. They cover a much broader base, including(...)

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Contested legislative races

When they go to the polls this November, two-thirds of Massachusetts voters will see only one candidate for state representative on the ballot. Only South Carolina has less competition for seats in the lower legislativebody, the one designed to be closest to the people. Massachusetts also stands out in potential for a par-tisan reversal of(...)

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Argument

The theory sounds good: Better-educated police officers make for better policing, and that’s something worth paying for. But what if there are no standards to ensure that the quality of instruction delivered to police officers and the level of academic performance demanded of them are sufficient to deliver public benefits anywhere near equivalent to the(...)

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The CALL doesnt stop at job placement

The CALL doesnt stop at job placement

For many years, Jewish Vocational Service of Greater Boston was a small agency that helped Jewish immigrants find jobs. The organization was founded in 1938 to accommodate the influx of Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe. In 1981, it had about 10 employees and a budget of roughly $200,000. That was the year the agency hired(...)

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The telecom implosion hits the Bay State

The telecom implosion hits the Bay State

INTRO TEXT Sitting in an austere conference room at the Sonus Networks headquarters in Westford, Hassan Ahmed speaks with calmness and confidence, but his tone strains against an unnerving reality. The president and chief executive officer of Sonus, which makes equipment that allows voice telephone calls to be carried on data lines, has gone through(...)

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TEAM finds a less taxing name

INTRO TEXT Formed in 1987 as a liberal counterweight to Citizens for Limited Taxation, the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts has made the case for public spending and progressive taxation with the same zeal its foes have brought to their anti-tax crusades. But after 15 years in the tax-battle mosh pit, TEAM is getting a(...)

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School bus ads are a nonstarter

INTRO TEXT In a little-noticed rider tacked onto the state budget this spring, lawmakers gave Massachusetts school districts the green light to sell advertising on the outside of school buses. But don’t look for big yellow vans hawking Slurpees, Nikes, or J. Lo’s latest CD to roll by anytime soon. Despite the state okay, school(...)

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iCommonWealthi grills the candidates

INTRO TEXT As Election Day approaches, most voters will see the candidates for governor in tightly structured settings, such as television commercials, formal debates, and staged photo-ops. But this summer the editors and publishers of CommonWealth put the gubernatorial candidates on the spot, asking them questions related to MassINC’s four initiatives: Economic Prosperity, Lifelong Learning,(...)

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