Spring 2002

Spring 2002

Anti-Family Values

Anti-Family Values

For middle-class families, a house in the suburbs is a dream that's becoming more elusive than ever.

Photographs by Flint Born   TRACEY AND SEAN FRANCIS used to look forward to Fridays, but not for the usual reasons. That’s the day The Patriot Ledger newspaper carries its big weekly real estate listings covering the South Shore area where they both grew up, and where they hope to raise their two young daughters.(...)

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Battling the cable guys in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE– When there’s a problem with their cable-television service, Lakeville residents call AT&T– whose nearest customer center is in New Bedford, almost 20 miles away. Just a few years ago, they could have gotten help from an office much closer, in next-door Middleborough, but MediaOne shut it down shortly before being taken over by AT&T,(...)

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State return on federal taxes

Once the beneficiary of federal largesse, Massachusetts is now on the losing end of the tax-and-spend game. For every tax dollar sent to Washington in fiscal year 2000, the Bay State gets back only 86 cents in government services and contracts, according to a study by the Washington, DC-based Tax Foundation (www.taxfoundation.org). A decade ago,(...)

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The New Economys dubious dividend

The New Economys dubious dividend

As we find ourselves heading into a particularly brutal state budget-debate season, the focus, naturally enough, is on the fiscal realities ahead and how to come to terms with them. Still, we ought not to neglect the story of how we find ourselves in the current mess. After all, this has been, in historical terms,(...)

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James Q Wilsons marriage problems

James Q Wilsons marriage problems

The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened FamiliesBy James Q. WilsonHarperCollins, New York, 274 pages You have to admire James Q. Wilson’s nerve. In his latest effort, The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families, the noted conservative social scientist bushwhacks through a set of thorny problems. He’s well prepared for the brambles.(...)

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North Adamss romance with the wrecking ball

“Tear it down, and they will come.” That could have been the rallying cry for the urban-renewal program that bulldozed 12 acres of the city of North Adams starting in the late 1960s. More than 100 of the city’s commercial and residential buildings in the downtown area were demolished, including such landmarks as the Richmond(...)

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Keeping the faithful

If there ever was a separation of church and state in the newsroom–a certain kid-gloves treatment of churchly foibles–the raging controversy over clergy sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese has demolished it. Investigative reporters and political columnists who usually uncover State House scandals are now probing pedophile priests, and their tone is anything but reverent.(...)

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