Monthly Archives: June 2014

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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Iraq: Hell no, we shouldn’t go

President Obama said Friday the United States will not be sending American troops back into Iraq. That was firmer than his earlier comment that every possible response to the sectarian war was on the table.  The difference is a important.  Insanity, we are told, is … Continue reading

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Eric Cantor’s House of Cards falls

I always thought that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was the brat, the youngish sharp-elbowed, supercilious, conservative Congressman assumed to be John Boehner’s heir apparent as Speaker of the House. Bookish. Dogmatic. So determined was he to be the ideological antidote to … Continue reading

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Smart People, smart play

Smart People, Lydia Diamond’s new play at the Huntington Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, is a smart, funny, profound and highly polished play that I don’t hesitate to recommend.  Diamond, whose award-winning play Stick Fly played at the … Continue reading

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