Putting the thanks in Thanksgiving

This will not be a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. As the coronavirus rampages, in an abundance of caution, Thursday will be solely for my husband and me. If the weather obliges, (light rain is forecast), we can meet up with relatives for a walk. And the dreaded but essential Zoom is always available, and we'll probably …

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Beware: January 20 can be a lifetime away

Little by little, Donald Trump is running out of time and techniques to deny the reality of  President-elect Joe Biden. Trump's refusal to acknowledge he's a loser may be embraced by 70 percent of Republicans, some of whom demonstrated their unmasked fealty in a noisy D.C. demonstration yesterday, but that doesn't change the election results. …

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Election is called – tears of relief

There were tears of joy.  Family members and friends calling, emailing and texting each other. Popping open a bottle of bubbly with two neighbors (socially distanced, of course). The knot is gone from the pit of my stomach. My step is a little lighter. (not so my body). Joe Biden, the youngest man ever elected …

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Bobby Orr: Icon no More

For decades, sports and entertainment celebrities avoided political endorsements lest they hurt their personal brands and lucrative pay days. This, despite notable exceptions like Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood,  John Voight and Kelsey Grammer on the right and Mohammed Ali, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Streisand, LeBron James, and Carole King on the left. Their numbers …

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Who’s really packing the Court?

Somewhere Robert Bork is chortling. In 1987, his honest articulation of his extremist originalist philosophy was deemed so frighteningly outrageous that, despite his excellent paper qualifications, he was deemed unfit to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Now, unless four Republican senators exercise profiles in courage, Amy Coney Barrett will become the fourth doctrinaire …

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Debate winner, Kristen Welker; runner up,the mute button

Donald Trump apparently listened to his advisers not to be the rabid beast he was in the previous debate. This may have firmed up some Trump voters who had been wavering. But the fact that he was reined in by the mute button didn't hide, and may even have emphasized, how lacking he is in …

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Vote Yes on 2: Ranked choice voting

Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot would provide voters the opportunity to rank their preferences in a multi-candidate field.  The option would apply in primaries and general elections for state offices, legislative districts, and federal congressional offices but not for president, county or regional school district committee members.  It's less complicated than it sounds, and …

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Trump COVID behavior even more outrageous

Donald Trump just received the best government-financed medical care in the country.  He left the hospital while still infectious, still needs monitoring for abruptly deteriorating and possible side-effects of the medication he's on, has given no indication that he'll modify his longstanding flouting of rules for protecting himself and others, and without his doctors having …

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Trump debate behavior an embarrassment to the country

Last night's despicable mud-wrestling, schoolyard bullying, name-calling event was neither Presidential nor a debate. Thank you, Donald.  The President who  violates all norms of behavior,  tramples science and facts, lies about virtually everything, foments divisiveness,  incites violence,  savages all who differ with him, broke the rules of the event to which his campaign had agreed. …

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Charlie Baker – big mistake with Collins endorsement?

No, Charlie, we do not need more Senators like Maine's Susan Collins.  We don't even need Susan Collins.  What we do need is to flip the Senate and deal responsibly with Covid-19 impacts, revitalize environmental standards to halt climate change, launch an infrastructure jobs bill, reform voting laws, redress economic inequities, protect the Affordable Care …

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