Author Archives: aronsbarron

Sizing up Deval Patrick’s legacy

I confess to being seduced by Governor Deval Patrick. Not literally, of course, but almost always being won over by his charm.  It happened the very first time I met him at a house party, nine years ago, when he promised … Continue reading

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NYPD officer assassination fuels furor

I have never been a fan of Al Sharpton.  I look at him and see Tawana Brawley,   the late eighties phoney rape case that Sharpton embraced in such an inflammatory way.  I have always seen him as someone who has been eager … Continue reading

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John Winthrop Sears – they don’t make ‘em that way any more

John Winthrop Sears would have been 84 years old last Thursday.  He died November 4th.  As far as I can tell, he was the last of a breed.  Family and friends gathered the evening of his birthday at Christ Church … Continue reading

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Cuba: Obama’s push for legacy

Hmm, the country has an authoritarian regime, a Communist credo, a record of human rights violations, no open elections or free press, and we’re liberalizing relations with it? How can we do that? Well, it worked with China, Richard Nixon’s … Continue reading

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Boston 2024 Olympic bid: we could – but should we?

Yesterday, the city of Rome included itself among the potential hosts for the 2024 summer Olympics.  Now, where would you rather be that August – Boston or Rome?   Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said, “it’s unacceptable not to try.”  Boston’s self-appointed elite apparently feel that way.  Today, … Continue reading

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From Selma to Ferguson to Boston

It’s hard for millennials  to imagine that not so long ago, blacks, who Constitutionally had the right to vote since 1870, were routinely blocked from exercising that right.  But antagonistic county commissioners and viciously contrived regulatory barriers in the South routinely denied … Continue reading

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Mark Wahlberg, meet Nam Phan

Mark Wahlberg, star of box office hits Boogie Nights, The Perfect Storm, The Departed, Lone Surivor and more, and executive producer of Entourage and Boardwalk Empire, was one vicious dude in his teens.    His rap sheet from the 1980’s reads like … Continue reading

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