Fall 2005

Fall 2005

Municipalities face a deadline in making polling sites accessible for all

INTRO TEXT Fall 2005 Everything these days is regulation, regulation, regulation, penalty, fine, threats.” That’s Medfield town administrator Mike Sullivan’s take on the Help America Vote Act, which is requiring municipalities to make all their polling places accessible to people with disabilities as of next year. Sullivan, who has been Medfield’s administrator for 30 years,(...)

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Counting on new pilgrims

Counting on new pilgrims

Fall 2005 Of all the media coverage generated in the wake of MassINC’s recent research on immigration, The Changing Face of Massachusetts, none was more poignant than an editorial by the Old Colony Memorial in Plymouth entitled “New Pilgrims.” The editors reminded readers of the Cordage Co., a local rope manufacturer, which a century ago(...)

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Letters

While your magazine is, of course, justified in providing wide latitude to Argument authors to spin numbers as they see fit (“How to reform the charter school program,” Argument & Counterpoint, CW, Summer ’05), that’s no excuse for allowing obvious misstatements of fact. 1) Sheldon Berman’s jihad on charter schools claims: “In fact, charter schools(...)

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Statistically Significant

Statistically Significant

Illustrations by Travis Foster CURBS ON TEEN DRIVING PAY OFF More restrictions on driving by 15- to 17-year-olds have significantly reduced traffic deaths in that age group, according to a recent study by a Swarthmore College economics professor. Thomas Dee concluded that “graduated driver licensing,” which imposes restrictions on new drivers such as nighttime curfews(...)

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Falling fortunes

If the German company Adidas goes through with its buyout of Canton–based sneaker rival Reebok, the Bay State will be the home of just nine Fortune 500 companies, down from 17 in 1998. While Massachusetts remains a hub for nonprofit institutions, it is quickly becoming a minor player in the world of big business. The(...)

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Bread winners

Bread winners

The business of making things is still strong in much of central Massachusetts, as well as parts of the Merrimack Valley and the southeastern region of the state. But curing other people is how more Bay State residents earn a living. The larger map below shows which economic sector is predominant among workers (not residents)(...)

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A Toast to the General Court

A Toast to the General Court

Through 375 years, the Legislature has led, and mirrored, the Massachusetts
body politic

Illustration By Nick Galifianakis We don’t know for certain that the Massachusetts Legislature was the state’s most exclusive speakeasy during Prohibition. True, contraband liquor was stored in the basement of the State House, but as for the accusation by the Massachusetts Anti-Saloon League that lawmakers celebrated the close of the 1927 session with a drunken(...)

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