Summer 2003

Summer 2003

Letters

Mark Jurkowitz did a fine job telling a rather complex story in “Gale force” (Spring 2003). However, I am compelled to add clarity to three points: 1) the Cape Cod Times‘ ability to separate news and opinion, 2) our motivation for opposing the Cape Wind proposal, and 3) why we voiced our opposition early in(...)

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Sociologist Theda Skocpol worries that the demise of the Odd Fellows and the rise of advocacy groups leave citizens with nothing to do

Sociologist Theda Skocpol worries that the demise of the Odd Fellows and the rise of advocacy groups leave citizens with nothing to do

Though the title was created for sardonic effect by Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam, whose use of it always drips with sarcasm, here’s one small reason Harvard might well be considered the World’s Greatest University: In almost any grave scholarly dispute, disputants on both (or all) sides can be found right there on the Cambridge(...)

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Romneys public safety chief calls for a targeted approach to fighting terrorism

Romneys public safety chief calls for a targeted approach to fighting terrorism

It’s been a grueling half-year for Gov. Mitt Romney, who has taken his lumps from Beacon Hill Democrats over the state budget and his government reorganization plan, which was summarily rejected by the Legislature in June. But in Washington, Romney has cut an impressive figure as the National Governors Association’s point man on homeland security,(...)

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Marblehead hikes property taxes and avoids a sticky trash situation

MARBLEHEAD–Mayors and managers in cash-strapped communities may eye Marblehead with a certain amount of envy this summer, and not just because of the North Shore town’s rocky beaches. Last month, Marblehead voters passed a Proposition 2 1/2 override by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, providing $1.4 million in new revenue for the town and scotching talk(...)

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Counterpoint

As any parent who ever checked a child’s homework can tell you, people work harder and better when they know someone is watching! Many Massachusetts courts and agencies do a better job every day because the Governor’s Council is here to check and double-check–to ask the questions a citizen would ask if they had the(...)

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