Summer 2006

Summer 2006

Letters

I don’t know Christopher Lydon personally, though I know of him pretty well, I think, from my own experiences with editors who thought highly of him and his work and his manner during my years as an editor at The Boston Globe, from 1966 to 2000. I’m not typing to quarrel with Lydon’s central thesis(...)

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COUNTERPOINT

support for working families is a worthy cause-one that, as Senate President Travaglini notes, is important to employers. His specific proposals, however, are a mixed bag. Although Associated Industries of Massachusetts does not take positions on personal tax issues except as they affect business competitiveness and the fiscal stability of the Commonwealth, it is certainly(...)

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ARGUMENT

families form a central pillar of our society. The critical role of the family is a value shared by Republicans and Democrats alike. One of the toughest challenges we face, individually and as a community, is balancing work and family. It’s a tougher challenge than ever for today’s working family. According to data collected by(...)

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Statistically Significant

Statistically Significant

Illustrations By Travis Foster hedging on pork futures Notwithstanding our fame as the site of the “Big Pig” tunnel project, the Bay State gets only scraps of pork from the federal government, according to Citizens Against Government Waste. The “taxpayer watchdog” group says that Massachusetts won $18.25 in “pork per capita” in fiscal year 2006,(...)

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The price of justice

The price of justice

despite its lower-than-average crime rate, Massachusetts ranks near the top in state spending per capita on the criminal-justice system. One reason is that the Bay State tends to spend more on all government functions, but the percentage of financial resources devoted to fighting crime is also high here. As of 2003, nearly one in seven(...)

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Springfield gets relatively good news

INTRO TEXT compared with 11 other older industrial cities in the state, Springfield has valuable things to offer businesses looking for a home: low commercial rents, high-skilled older workers, and plenty of colleges and universities. It also has some deficiencies, including high crime rates, parking limitations, and young people with lagging educations. But overall, in(...)

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