Winter 2001

Winter 2001

Counterpoints

The modern American worker, the most productive and prosperous in history, lives in an increasingly transient society where extended family support networks are stretched thin or are nonexistent, where there are fewer “stay-at-home” parents, and where many single-parent families have to both make ends meet and care for young children. All of these broad societal(...)

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Argument

Working families in Massachusetts need and deserve the protection of a fair, paid family and medical leave policy that covers all workers. At some point in our lives, all of us will be confronted with a serious personal or family medical emergency. And everyone agrees that newborns and newly adopted children need time to get(...)

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and the clean election frontier in Maine

AUGUSTA–As snow flecks the graceful, green dome of the Maine State House, the political dust from the November election begins to settle down below. Politicians, lobbyists, bureaucrats, and journalists are beginning to assess the impact of the state’s first publicly funded legislative campaigns. The Maine Clean Election Act was the first law in the nation–enacted(...)

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Outgrowing Juvenile Justice

Outgrowing Juvenile Justice

I WAS LOOKING at 10 to 15 years,” says Jamal Vick, in the streetwise way of somebody who’s well-acquainted with the criminal justice system. The bulky 18-year-old dreams of one day running his own restaurant, but right now he’s explaining how he was nearly run into state prison. Some might say that’s exactly where he(...)

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New Economy New Philanthropy

Not long ago, at an estate-planning seminar, a Boston money manager told this story: He paid a call on an older couple who lived on Cape Cod. They had a modest home and kept the heat too low for his taste. But in their bank account, the money manager discovered, they were sitting on several(...)

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Hanging Tough

Hanging Tough

It’s not easy to take the pulse of somebody who won’t sit still. And that’s the problem with trying to take stock of the Cellucci-Swift administration at mid-term. Of course, if you ask Gov. Paul Cellucci and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift, they’ll tell you they’re not going anywhere, apart from the trade missions that regularly–some(...)

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