Marijuana legalization in Mass. – high or low?

I've often thought that, for an adult, getting mildly exhilarated without the caloric intake of wine or other alcoholic beverage would be a good thing.  And doesn't the government already intrude either directly or indirectly in too many of our personal decisions?  So why not legalize marijuana, as a referendum on the Massachusetts ballot in November …

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Popular mayor not immune to criticism

The Boston Globe took Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to the woodshed this week. In a 3/4 page editorial (a sign of energy unusual for the paper's diminished  editorial page), the paper screamed "Enough."  It proceeded to lambaste the mayor for continuing his $1 million (to date) lawsuit to stop Steve Wynn's proposed casino in neighboring Everett. The …

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Fox Olympics debate more heat than light

A serious debate over the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston was a good idea.  What took place Thursday night wasn't. Promising a no-rules, informal format, the two moderators (the Boston Globe's Sasha Pfeiffer and Fox 25's Maria Stephanos) let the Boston 2024 supporters run roughshod over the opponents and the moderators themselves.  Five …

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From Selma to Ferguson to Boston

It's hard for millennials  to imagine that not so long ago, blacks, who Constitutionally had the right to vote since 1870, were routinely blocked from exercising that right.  But antagonistic county commissioners and viciously contrived regulatory barriers in the South routinely denied even the ability to register. In Selma, Alabama, a majority of the people were black, …

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Slaps and Claps

Claps for the Boston Sunday Globe's photojournalism spread by Mary Beth Meehan showing the pattern of violence in New Bedford against Mayan Guatemalans.  They fled the war in Guatamela and came here for peace and opportunity, but they're being beaten and robbed by African-Americans and Puerto Ricans. They live in constant fear.  Seems there's no end of viciousness that …

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Walsh celebrates community at swearing-in

New is good.  New is exciting.  New is full of promise.  That seemed the mood at Boston College today when Martin Joseph Walsh was sworn in as the 54th mayor of Boston, the  first new Boston mayor inaugurated in the 21st century. Public ceremonies like inaugurations are supposed to bind together in shared values all …

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Walsh moves from wannabe to will-be

Still-a-state rep Marty Walsh appeared yesterday on Channel Five's On the Record. The candidate who, in debates and interviews,  was unprepossessing at best, often awkward with rhetoric trending banal, is looking more and more mayoral.  His presentation was comfortable,  and he came across as focused and transparent even while skillfully avoiding being pinned down on specifics (as in, what …

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Boston mayoral race has a touch of class

Boston mayoral candidates Marty Walsh and John Connolly met in their first debate Tuesday and discussed issues to a draw. No surprise.  There's little that separates them on matters of policy.  Rep. Walsh did what he had to in proving himself engaged and comfortable on education.  Councillor Connolly, who has claimed ownership of that issue, …

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Mayoral musings bring greater clarity

Boston's mayoral election is still up for grabs, but the selections may be crystalizing. Four days with no computer has left me grappling impressionistically with the 12-person field, but things are looking slightly more clear.  Thanks to Davcoh Computer Services and a brand new computer, I can return to the task of sorting out this …

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