Author Archives: aronsbarron

Deflate-gate calls for willing suspension of disbelief

To enjoy the performance at the movies and in theater, audience members often have to suspend their connection with reality.  So, too, with another form of entertainment, professional football.  Is it really possible that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, legendary masters … Continue reading

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Walsh bows to Boston workers gag order

  If you’re one of Boston’s 18,000 municipal employees, you just lost some important First Amendment rights. If your paycheck says your employer is the City of Boston, your boss, Mayor Marty Walsh, has contractually barred you from saying anything … Continue reading

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Rise up, ye garden party skunks

Driving down the Mass Pike the day after Boston was tapped for the 2024 U.S. summer Olympics bid, there on the WGBH electronic billboard, the five Olympic rings logo against our beautiful skyline. A frisson of excitement. Wow; it’s coming … Continue reading

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People protests in Paris diluted by political hypocrisy

  In Paris on Sunday more than 1.3 million people solemnly marched a cold and windy 3.2 kilometers from La Place de la Republique to La Place de la Nation The crowd moved along the symbolically significant Boulevard Voltaire, the Enlightenment … Continue reading

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Governor Baker: can he be a compassionate fiscal manager?

The late Governor Mario Cuomo, a stirring orator, told the once significant The New Republic in 1985, “You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose”  In a clear break from his predecessor Deval Patrick,  Governor Charlie Baker may never deliver soaring … Continue reading

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Mourning Paris journalists and attack on press freedom

If I were technologically proficient, I’d edge this blog in black. How profoundly sad is the grievous slaughter of 12 yesterday in Paris, journalists and their police protectors at the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.  What an unspeakable attack on press freedom … Continue reading

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Ed Brooke won and lost with grace

When two-term Massachusetts Senator Ed Brooke woke at 3:30 in the morning on November 7, 1978 the election was already over.  And just after 8 p.m. that evening, as the first votes trickled in, his long-time aide Roger Woodworth knew that … Continue reading

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