Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Chasing the middle class

Chasing the middle class

Brown and Warren campaign as defenders of the middle class

the 2012 massachusetts Senate election is shaping up as a competition for the hearts and minds (and votes) of the Bay State middle class. Both US Sen. Scott Brown and his leading Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, are furiously spinning themselves as both members of and advocates for the middle class, while disparaging the other’s middle-class(...)

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Closed-door government

Closed-door government

the machinery of government, whether it’s a regulatory proceeding or the route a bill takes to become law, is de­signed to give members of the public the chance to voice their opinions, to let them evaluate the positions taken by their elected officials, and to give elected officials the chance to reach consensus through the(...)

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Spring 2012 Correspondence

Museum defends $1 per year lease Your article, “Freeloading” (Winter ’12) raised concerns over a number of state Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) leases, including one with the Museum of Science. Colman Herman correctly points out that the Museum of Science has a 99-year, $1 dollar-per-year lease for the property on which it is(...)

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The great divide

The great divide

Charles Murray spotlights an important gap, but goes looking in all the wrong places to explain it

Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960 – 2010By Charles MurrayNew York, Crown Forum, 407 pages Reviewed by Ralph Whitehead, Jr in the america of 1960, writes Charles Murray in Coming Apart, the lives of white people with a bachelor’s degree or better and the lives of white people with a high school diploma(...)

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Rock star science

Rock star science

Nobel Prize winner Craig Mello is about to step on to a new stage

  Craig Mello and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins, with the Albert B. Sherman Center in the background. craig mello is sitting in a chair outside the office of UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins. Mello is dressed casually, his hair stylishly long. I introduce myself and within seconds the famed biologist is talking(...)

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Political repurposing

Political repurposing

The White House Middle Class Task Force was set up to shape policy, but now its work is part of election-year politics

two weeks after his inauguration, President Obama invited supporters of his 2008 campaign to the White House to lay out his plan for a Middle Class Task Force. The idea behind the task force was that research and public outreach could break through the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and help create good-paying jobs in(...)

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Lowell teens lobby for the 17-year-old vote

When it comes to ranking the interests of teenagers, political activism would presumably come low on the list, somewhere between heeding good advice and doing the laundry. But teens in Lowell are defying such thinking, as they campaign to lower the voting age from 18 to 17 in their city’s municipal elections. The idea was(...)

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