Summer 2003

Summer 2003

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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Argument

In May 2001, the Governor’s Council emerged from relative anonymity to make newspaper headlines across the country. As a pregnant acting Gov. Jane Swift lay hospitalized awaiting the birth of twins, the council balked at her request to conduct their weekly meetings via speakerphone, instead requesting a legal opinion from the state’s Supreme Judicial Court(...)

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Spending on public higher education

Even before recent budget cuts, Massachusetts was considered a skinflint in the area of public higher education. According to the Center for the Study of Educational Policy, we ranked 48th in per-capita funding of public higher education ($158.32 per state resident) in fiscal year 2002 and 49th in funding as compared with the state’s total(...)

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