Monthly Archives: November 2012

McGovern urges return to politics of people skills

The wall of failed 1972 liberal Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern’s Washington office bore a photo of failed 1964 conservative Republican nominee Barry Goldwater with the inscription, “If you’re going to lose, lose big.”  Both lost in landslides, disagreed on … Continue reading

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Overriding Prop 2 1/2 still a stretch

It has been a decade since Newton voters approved a Prop 2 and 1/2 override, and Mayor Setti Warren would like to change that. Accordingly, he has worked hard not to make the same mistake as did his predecessor, namely, going … Continue reading

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Down time for Deval

A scant two weeks after Deval Patrick got to savor his friend Barack Obama’s reelection, a victory in which he played an important role, the Massachusetts Governor has returned to his administration’s realities on the ground. And the headlines aren’t pretty.  It … Continue reading

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Boston students deserve more learning, less busing

This fall, after 27 months of bitter negotiations, the Boston Teachers Union accepted a contract providing new forms of teacher evaluation and remediation for under-performing teachers. At the same time, they turned thumbs down on extending the school day by 45 … Continue reading

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Hope springs, at least for now

Congress returns to work tomorrow, and there are a few reasons to be hopeful that the two parties may be able to negotiate a solution to the fiscal crisis, the so-called fiscal cliff that looms ahead. House Speaker John Boehner has … Continue reading

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John Tierney: snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

Just as the Boston Herald was unable to sway voters with  obsessively demeaning Elizabeth Warren as an affirmative action princess “Fauxcohontas,”  so too did the Boston Globe fail to run John Tierney out of office, using barrels and barrels of ink … Continue reading

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Warren victory a high point

Massachusetts finally did it!  It elected a woman to the U.S. Senate.  And what a woman she is!  After a miserable campaign start, in which she turned off even her supporters by appearing too prim, preachy, professorial and sometimes suffocatingly earnest, Elizabeth … Continue reading

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