Monthly Archives: June 2012

Health care – the end of the beginning and the beginning of hard work

Thanks to CNN and Fox,  Thursday’s SCOTUS announcement was an emotional roller coaster.  Like the Dewey-beats-Truman headlines, they both were so eager to be first that they were wrong.  Shame on them. This time, print media at least made a stab at reading … Continue reading

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Big money mocks one person, one vote

That whoosh you hear is the sound of money, gobs of it, flying from wellheeled donors to political candidates and “independent” committees on behalf of candidates.  The roar is increasingly deafening especially when the money is coming from corporations and … Continue reading

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Obama’s executive order: the Dream Act lives on

Mitt Romney says that President Obama’s recent move not to deport illegal immigrants brought here as children was motivated by politics. Now there’s a surprise!  That’s a little bit like Captain Renault in Casablanca saying “I’m shocked, shocked to find that there is … Continue reading

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Bea Barron, a life lived to the fullest

I first met Bea Barron when I was a political reporter and she was selling ads for The Newton Times in the 1970’s.  She was a longtime community activist who had worked for Newton Fair Housing, marched with Dr.  King when … Continue reading

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The debate about debates: enough already

It’s the next phase of silly season.  U.S. Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are to-ing and fro-ing about how often they’ll debate one another and in what settings.  So far, she has agreed to four televised debates and … Continue reading

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The Greek election matters to us

Forget Romney and Obama for now.  The greatest immediate impact on the U.S. economy, beyond the control of either nominee, could be what happens Sunday in the Greek run-off election.  On that day, millions of Greek voters will choose from among … Continue reading

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Niki Tsongas builds bipartisanship, one small step at a time

Three-term 5th district Congresswoman Niki Tsongas marches to a slightly different drummer than her colleague Mike Capuano, the subject of yesterday’s blog posting.  Her rhythm is not a march exactly, more a step-by-step piecing together of small scale bipartisan initiatives in an … Continue reading

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Cong. Mike Capuano, a liberal and proud of it

Mike Capuano is not apologetic about his belief in government. He doesn’t try to  cast himself as a progressive or any other adjective that cloaks his unabashed liberalism as anything other than what it is- an admiration for what government, … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton challenges global women leaders

 “Democracy is a new thing in my country,” Naheed Farid, the youngest member of the Afghanistan parliament, said to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday morning at Wellesley College.  “Don’t you think that after 2014 there will be disaster for democracy in the … Continue reading

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A more sensible approach to sugary beverages

Shortly after my blog criticizing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugary drinks in containers of more than 16 oz, I read the Boston Globe’s Yvonne Abraham piece offering an alternative solution, and it’s worth passing along. Massachusetts … Continue reading

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