Fall 2010

Fall 2010

Big citizen

Big citizen

Alan Khazei hoped to become the state’s next US senator, but he says “citizen” is the highest office in the land. In a new book, the co-founder of City Year says a robust national service movement can repair broken communities, tap our “justice nerve,” and help reinvigorate American civic life

  Alan Khazei stepped into the spotlight last fall when he ran in the special election race to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the US Senate. But the high-profile race was hardly his initial foray into public service. In fact, it represented more of a capstone to the more than 20 years Khazei has devoted(...)

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Legislative pay

Legislative pay

The wages of sausage-making

many massachusetts legislators say the salary they receive as full-time lawmakers is not enough to live on and raise a family, so the majority—nearly 60 percent—report some form of outside income. But a look at legislative salaries throughout the United States indicates the pay in the Bay State is not half bad. While it certainly(...)

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Advice to the governor: Tough medicine

Advice to the governor: Tough medicine

A statewide global budget is needed to control the rising cost of health care

Click here for more advice for the governor Health care spending is back at the top of the agenda in Massachusetts, and addressing it must be a top priority of the next governor. Four years ago, the state made a historic commitment to expand insurance coverage to nearly all citizens of the Commonwealth. Last spring,(...)

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Advice to the Governor: Think smart

Advice to the Governor: Think smart

The best economic development strategy is to cultivate smart people and get out of their way

Click here for more advice for the governor During a painful recession, gubernatorial candidates make too many promises about fixing our near-term problems and too few commitments about the investments needed for enduring economic prosperity. In truth, the governor of Massachusetts can do little to impact next year’s state unemployment rate, which is determined by(...)

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Backwater of the universe

Shining a light on the city’s intellectual Dark Age

Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society’s Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil By Neil MillerBoston, Beacon Press, 209 pages It’s easy to be smug when you live in the state with the most educated population, some of the best schools and universities, and one of the most vibrant literary scenes in(...)

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Time on T’s side

The MBTA and Massachusetts Bay Com­muter Rail Company publish “report cards” showing the commuter rail’s  performance and, by all accounts, the trains arrive when they are supposed to 95 percent of the time. Except they don’t. The two agencies tout the “adjusted” on-time performance of the commuter rail lines, which excludes incidents outside the direct(...)

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