Author Archives: aronsbarron

Israel’s dilemma: how much is too much

President Obama said again today that Israel has a right to defend itself against the 1500 missiles Hamas has recently lobbed from Gaza into Israel and tunnel incursions to kill and capture Israeli citizens. But this morning he expressed concern about “the … Continue reading

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Child illegals: creating a haven, but for how long?

A sovereign nation must be able to control its borders. The United States cannot simply throw open the gates and let anyone come in, even children.  That said, there needs to be a humane approach to the nearly 60,000 often-unaccompanied alien … Continue reading

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Andris Nelsons brings new electricity to Boston Symphony

Who would have thought that so much of Boston would be abuzz about the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra?  The arrival of director (designate until September) Andris Nelsons at the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the world’s leading … Continue reading

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The mice will play

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.  In terms of congressional financing, the cat is public disclosure.  Given the do-nothing Congress’ indifference to its abysmal public image, I probably shouldn’t be shocked that the House has just quietly watered … Continue reading

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Books to escape from Benghazi, Boko Haram, Boehner, biz cycle etc, pt. 2

For real escape through summer reading,  there’s no substitute for fiction.  Here are a few books worth sharing. My top read this past year was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.  A 13-year-old boy in Manhattan survives a terrorist bomb in the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading

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Books to escape from Benghazi, Boko Haram, Boehner, biz cycle etc, pt. 1

Every summer I offer up some of the books I’ve read in the past year and happily invite readers’ recommendations to me.  I’m always on the prowl for a good read. This summer’s book review will be in two parts.  … Continue reading

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Ann Coulter on soccer: a real head case

Ann Coulter must have been hit on the head by a soccer ball, and it was no planned header. Her recent column , a screed against the sport and America’s growing interest in it, seems unhinged. She asserts that this … Continue reading

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Snake eyes for Coakley on casino referendum

Question for gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley: if you knew that the legitimacy of the casino repeal referendum would end up at the Supreme Judicial Court regardless of how you decided on its constitutionality and you’re supposedly fine with its being on the … Continue reading

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Ryan resonates on IRS emails

I rarely agree with (Wisconsin GOP Congressman) Paul Ryan, but in this recent kerfuffle over “lost” IRS emails, he struck a responsive chord. Speaking to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner  John Koskinen at a House Oversight Committee hearing,    Ryan said “you can … Continue reading

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Warnings for seniors and horses

Yes, yes, it’s important to see the big picture. But sometimes viewing life from 30,000 feet is not actually better. Two stories in today’s Boston Globe show how grand urban plans or budget metrics can sacrifice a touch of humanity. First, … Continue reading

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