Summer 2004

Summer 2004

All about the “other” other JFK

All about the “other” other JFK

Multiple JFKs and other name games in Massachusetts politics When the Democrats convene in Boston’s FleetCenter to nominate US Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts for the presidency, the name John F. Kennedy is sure to be invoked, with no shortage of comparisons between the “old JFK” and the “new JFK.” What most of those(...)

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The cleanup of Boston Harbor was surprisingly triumphant

The cleanup of Boston Harbor was surprisingly triumphant

Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor—A Unique Environmental Success StoryBy Eric Jay DolinUniversity of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 356 pages. At a recent Rappaport Institute panel at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, former governor Michael Dukakis called the Boston Harbor cleanup a success “that nobody talks about,”(...)

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A court decision on school financing is a chance to revisitand improveeducation reform

A court decision on school financing is a chance to revisitand improveeducation reform

The coverage in the press gave a misleading picture of the school finance decision handed down by Judge Margot Botsford in April. The judge did not say that the state needed to throw out its current system of funding schools nor did she say that we needed to divert millions of dollars from wealthy districts(...)

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Letters

I want to congratulate David Ropeik for his insightful story about the state of health care media coverage in America (“Fear factor,” CW, Health Care Extra 2004). As a freelance health care writer, I am appalled at the inflated, often false, information perpetuated by the media. Recently, I wrote a story about a noise study(...)

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The Big Dig gave birth to a business association that redefined civic leadership

The Big Dig gave birth to a business association that redefined civic leadership

By the beginning of summer, the last remnants of the elevated Central Artery were being taken down, the green steel superstructure that walled off the financial district from the waterfront for decades torn into scraps and hauled away by the truckload. As the subterranean construction project known simply as the Big Dig turned into the(...)

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No-party animals

No-party animals

Source: Elections Division, Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office (www.sec.state.ma.us) As of February, 49.8 percent of Massachusetts voters were unenrolled in any party—a slight drop from the February 2000 high point of 50.3 for the independence movement (or non-movement), which has come back from a low of 35.3 percent in 1968. Going into this election year,(...)

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Counterpoint

Eric Kriss’s description of public employee unions as monopolies that are sucking resources from cities and towns is more than an unfair attack on the hard-working men and women of the Commonwealth. It is a transparent attempt to shift the focus away from the failed policies of the Romney administration. This is, of course, a(...)

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Outbreak of democracy

For the first time in its history, Boston is about to play host for one of the great spectacles of partisan politics, a national party convention. How fitting that this ritual event of the nation’s two-party system should take place just as we are about to find out whether it is possible to revive two-party(...)

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