Summer 1998

Summer 1998

The Lost Language of Drive-ins

Ariving home from my family’s vacation week in Truro, I sensed something was wrong. Not that anyone was complaining. My children were snug in the backseat, the elder cocooned between the earphones of her Walkman, the younger lost in the pages of Something Queer in the Cafeteria. They did not seem to mind that a(...)

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Considering The Peoples Voice

Judy Roberts thought it was about time someone asked for her opinion. At 36, the Quincy insurance agent had long ago grown tired of politicians who ignore what matters to ordinary people and journalists who let them get away with it. So when The Boston Globe invited her to be part of a citizen panel(...)

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A Modest Book Proposal

Editor’s note: The following book proposal was found by one of our correspondents on his way to work one morning crossing Boston Common. He found it on a park bench, where it was presumably left by one of our leading public figures. We print it here as a public service. To: Weld’s publisher From: Paul(...)

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A Few Quibbles About Clean Elections

Of course it’s true that the system of getting elected to public office in this country, if you step back and think about it, is insane. For a candidate to spend 50 percent–or is it 90 percent?–of available hours raising money from the tiny element of society that is wealthy enough to donate to politicians(...)

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Counterpoint

Most campaign finance reforms, including the euphemistically named “Clean Elections” proposal, revolve around some aspect of government funding. Some people are irresistibly drawn to government as the solution to any and all problems–this despite the fact that government almost never does anything well and almost always makes anything it touches worse–the election system included. In(...)

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Weld’s Altered Ego

Mackerel by Moonlight By William F. Weld Simon & Schuster, New York, 1998, 238 pages William Floyd Weld, as we all know, has led a charmed upper-crust life. He likes to joke that his ancestors came over on the Mayflower with nothing but the shirts on their backs and a few thousand pounds of gold.(...)

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Argument

Massachusetts has an historic opportunity to lead the country in enacting far-reaching campaign finance reform that addresses what ails the body politic: big money in politics, and voter apathy. On the ballot in November, the citizen-initiated Clean Elections proposal will level the playing field and reduce the role of special interest money in state politics.(...)

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Building Schools in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE–Yard signs around town this spring carried a hopeful message: “Build a School. Build a Community.” Of course it’s never that easy–to build a school or a community. Even less so when there are two communities involved. If it were entirely up to Lakeville, a comfortable middle-class town near the southeast coast, a new school(...)

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Voter Registration

What’s in a name? Not much when it comes to the state’s “motor voter” law. Though it may conjure up visions of drive-through polling places, there’s still no “Kwik-Vote” kiosk at the local mall. But officials say the 3 1/2-year-old law has done a lot for Massachusetts, despite its misleading moniker: It has pushed the(...)

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The Button Lady

The stuffed elephant hat gets your attention, but it’s the dozens of campaign buttons that pinpoint Jeanne Matatall as a true-blue Republican. President Nixon–Now More Than Ever… Vote Volpe for Victory… Richardson Cares About People… Matatall, 62, started voting Republican around 1960 and has been collecting Republican memorabilia ever since. She estimates she has 600(...)

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