Winter 2009

Winter 2009

Ending the one-party state

As a pistol-packing, SUV-driving conservative in liberal St. Paul, Minnesota, David Carlson knew he was fighting an uphill battle. Still, on the day before the 2008 election, the 27-year-old candidate for the state House of Representatives drove through his district of tidy, split-level homes for a final campaign push. He checked the placement of his(...)

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Pilot program

Pilot program

On a hazy August day in 1983, with about seven miles of visibility, I took my first solo flight in a Piper Cherokee single engine aircraft. I was 20 years old, and it was a moment I will never forget. I had less than 20 hours of flight instruction under my belt. I had just(...)

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Back in the game

Back in the game

Primary care doctors are like speed daters. They rush from one patient to another, trying to glean a person’s health status from a brief physical exam and a short chat. The job isn’t easy and, as many primary care doctors will tell you, not very satisfying. These doctors are compensated in large part based on(...)

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The maverick

The maverick

Bristol County SheriffThomas Hodgson is in a showdown with the governor. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is headed for a high-noon showdown with Gov. Deval Patrick. The Patrick administration is trying to rein in Hodgson and the state’s other elected sheriffs in an effort to consolidate control over an overcrowded state and county corrections system(...)

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