Author Archives: aronsbarron

Political wheeling and dealing flirts with criminal

You scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours has always been one of the rules of the political road in Boston.  Behaviors can be very subtle but still powerful, their meaning clear.  As alderman, state rep and state senator, Martin Lomasney … Continue reading

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Trump on gun violence: judge him by his actions

In a speech prepared for him to read from the Oval Office, President Trump has condemned the shootings in Dayton and El Paso, calling for unity in opposing hatred, white supremacists, violence, especially on the internet and social media, and … Continue reading

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Summer reading and escape from Donald Trump

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer demand relief from the news, and summer reading could be just the antidote.  The following are some suggestions: Non-Fiction: Tara Westover’s memoir Educated is one of the most gripping books I have read … Continue reading

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An open letter to Democrats (and debate moderators)

Behold the flaming liberal, which devours its own if it strays too far from the nest!  Right now, the best thing Donald Trump has going for him is the divided Democratic Party.  The most left-leaning could hold sway in the … Continue reading

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Ireland has something for everyone

Massachusetts is officially the most Irish state in the country, with nearly 22 percent of residents being of Irish ancestry.  Considering how many of the politicians I’ve covered are “Irish,” it is surprising that only recently did I travel to … Continue reading

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Make it to the zoo this summer

Franklin Park Zoo isn’t my grandfather’s  zoo, or the one my father took me to eons ago.  It isn’t even the zoo I took my children and grandchildren to.  It’s becoming a jewel of a zoo, with animal attractions for … Continue reading

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Bloodshed continues in Northern Ireland despite Peace Accords; could worsen

July 12th is a day to watch in Northern Ireland. The annual Orange Order parade– the highlight of a months-long marching season– commemorates the 1690 Battle of Boyne defeat of forces of Catholic King James II by those of Protestant … Continue reading

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