Winter 2015

Winter 2015

Tea Party ship off to slow start

Tea Party ship off to slow start

THE BOSTON TEA Party Ships and Museum, which re-opened in 2012 with the help of a first-of-its-kind $18 million loan from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, is off to a much slower-than-expected start. The financial statements of the museum’s parent company indicate the Boston attraction has lost more than $9 million in its first two(...)

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Bridging the digital divide

Princeton is one of 45 municipalities across the state that do not have access to high-speed Internet service. The town’s broadband committee tried to get Charter, Comcast, or Verizon to take a look at building a network, but none of the companies was interested. The town wasn’t dense enough to make the project worthwhile: Big(...)

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Not your typical congressman

Not your typical congressman

Seth Moulton doesn’t show deference to political etiquette

POLITICIANS DON’T TYPICALLY jump at the chance to mix it up in public with the chair of their state party. That should be doubly true for a young, no-name, first-time candidate making a run for Congress. But Seth Moulton didn’t hold back last year. He was locked in a primary fight against an entrenched Democratic(...)

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Fix the broken Public Records Law

Award attorney fees if documents are unjustly withheld

WE IN THE cradle of liberty think of ourselves as national leaders when it comes to government openness and democracy. After all, Massachusetts colonists used public “broadsheets” to inform people about tyrannical acts by the British crown, sparking the American independence movement. And early on in the founding of our nation, lawmakers recognized that an(...)

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Net loss

Net loss

John Bullard, the Northeast administrator for NOAA Fisheries, shut down cod fishing in the region for at least six months. It’s not making him any friends.

You served three terms as mayor of New Bedford, which made you one of the chief advocates for one of the biggest fishing ports in the country. Now, with the cod fishing ban that you ordered, you’re being called the guy who’s killing the fishing industry. When I left City Hall, I was actually hired(...)

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A chance to lead on early education

Gov. Baker should make high-quality preschool part of his education agenda

“SUDDENLY, THE WORLD is waking up [to the fact] that it matters what you do with young children,” Abigail Adams Eliot told the Boston Globe in 1965. A Boston native who lived to be 100, Eliot was, as the Globe called her, an “indomitable” teacher and champion of nursery schools. If she were alive today,(...)

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