Category Archives: Politics

News media are not “enemies of the people”

I ask you: do I look like an enemy of the people?  Given my 30+ years in journalism (including Boston Phoenix, WGBH-TV, WCVB-TV) and nearly a decade more as a blogger, Donald Trump would probably say yes. Journalism is certainly … Continue reading

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Summer reading part two: non-fiction

The following are suggestions from when I wasn’t fleeing the daily news into real fiction, as noted in my previous blog. I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey behind the Lines of Jihad,  a memoir by Washington Post national security … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren: tribune for the downtrodden or capitalist to the bones?

“I’m a capitalist to my bones,” Senator Elizabeth Warren this week told a New England Council audience of business leaders, adding, “We have to make markets strong so everyone can do better.” Addressing an arcane and often dry subject, she … Continue reading

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Civility and indignation can go together

Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her Lexington, Virginia restaurant , declaring it a moral issue.  Wilkinson said her request was in the name of upholding “certain standards, like honesty, compassion and cooperation.” Some of … Continue reading

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Trump a candidate for Nobel Appease Prize?

Remember Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown was about to kick it? Imagine if Charlie Brown,  instead of being dejected,  ran around the field with his arms stretched high shouting  that he had just kicked the winning … Continue reading

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Hand-held cell phone ban for drivers long overdue

I had the right-of-way at 12:30 one day last week, protected by a Yield sign facing cars entering the main road.  Already I can hear you laughing, as in, c’mon, girl. Do you really trust Yield signs? Well, no. But … Continue reading

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Gonzalez brings liberal gubernatorial campaign to Newton

The nickname for any Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance is “Deputy Governor.”  Jay Gonzalez, A & F Secretary under Governor Deval Patrick, wants to remove the “deputy.”   He’s working hard to defeat lifelong activist and minister Bob Massie in … Continue reading

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