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Don’t put a price cap on people’s lives

Don’t put a price cap on people’s lives

We should resist dangerous effort to limit health care coverage

WHEN A PERSON is first diagnosed with epilepsy their world is turned upside down.  The questions come fast and furious. What does this mean for my life? Will I die from this? Can I pass this along to my children? Why me? Can this disease be managed, and will I still be able to participate in life(...)

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Mass. leading way on reining in health care costs

Mass. leading way on reining in health care costs

Credit a united effort, avoidance of regulatory overreach

THE CONSTITUENCIES THAT CAME together to gain passage of the state’s landmark universal health care law in 2006 — consumers, employers, providers, insurers — were justifiably proud of our achievement. But we all recognized that an even larger problem lay ahead – gaining control over the escalating costs of health care. Looking back, we could(...)

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Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is

Gas explosions show how dangerous the fuel is

It’s time to break our addiction to fossil fuels

THE CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION in late September held a meeting in Lawrence to highlight the work of our community partners there. Just as these groups began their presentations, natural gas-fueled explosions and fires began to erupt in South Lawrence and the neighboring towns of Andover and North Andover. Amidst the ensuing chaos, one person was(...)

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Get your hands dirty, plant a garden

Get your hands dirty, plant a garden

Community plots in parks are growing at rapid pace

THE SEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY GARDEN movement were planted in the counterculture of places like 1970s New York City, among “guerrilla gardeners”—daring green thumbs who didn’t always wait for permission to plant fresh fruits and veggies in neglected vacant lots. In the decades since, community gardens have become fixtures of public life in America. First(...)

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Baker getting nicked by those around him

Baker getting nicked by those around him

Governor racing ahead to finish line in hopes of avoiding growing problems

NOVEMBER 6 CAN’T come soon enough for Gov. Charlie Baker. The Republican who is more popular with Democrats than his own party is getting nicked by clouds of scandal around him and at some point, those tiny cuts could cause him to bleed out before Election Day. The latest problem for Baker is the suspension of Col.(...)

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More cuts at the Herald

More cuts at the Herald

Tabloid lays off two photographers, half the sports desk

THE STRUGGLING BOSTON HERALD laid off about 20 more staffers Thursday, including at least two award-winning veteran photographers for a tabloid that thrives on pictures. Longtime photographer Mark Garfinkel posted on social media that he was let go after reporting for work Thursday morning. “Goodbye Boston Herald,” Garfinkel, a photographer at the paper for a(...)

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Does Harvard have constitutional protection from Gonzalez tax?

Does Harvard have constitutional protection from Gonzalez tax?

John Adams gave university special status, but taxation waiver is unclear

THINGS LOOK TOUGH enough for Jay Gonzalez’s proposal to tax high-value university endowments, with lots of leading Democrats offering a less than enthusiastic embrace of the idea. But could the idea face an even bigger barrier – the Massachusetts Constitution? Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee for governor, has proposed levying a tax on the endowment of(...)

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Final approval given to two retail pot stores

Final approval given to two retail pot stores

Cannabis commissioner abstains in opposition to host community agreements

THE STATE BOARD overseeing the nascent marijuana industry gave final approval to the first licenses for retail stores Thursday with some conditions. But the vote, one of the most momentous the panel has yet taken, was not unanimous with one commissioner abstaining because of problems with the host community agreements. The Cannabis Control Commission approved(...)

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MA public colleges rated tops on black student access, success

MA public colleges rated tops on black student access, success

USC study gives MA College of Liberal Arts highest index score

A NEW STUDY indicates Massachusetts schools lead the nation in terms of black student access and success at four-year public universities and colleges. The report, written by two researchers at the USC Race and Equity Center and funded by the Ford Foundation, found that Massachusetts schools as a group ranked highest on a series of(...)

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