Monthly Archives: July 2014

Probation convictions: business as usual?

The whole smarmy business makes you want to take a shower, but the racketeering and conspiracy trial of former Probation Commissioner Jack O’Brien and two top aides was more than just your garden variety patronage. As the Globe’s Tom Farragher put it, … Continue reading

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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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