Super Tuesday: resolving the struggle between head and heart

It's time to play my role in Super Tuesday. I've joked that in November I'd vote for a ham sandwich over Donald Trump. Any of  the  remaining candidates could do a better job than the incumbent. Nevertheless, I have twisted and turned.  I used to scoff at voters who were still undecided days before an …

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Shrieks, howls, fur flying, blood drawn: meet the Democrats

Will Rogers famously said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party; I'm a Democrat." That boisterous, fractious, messy, irritating group was on full display in last night's debate.  Despite reminders that "there's more that unites us than divides us," all six candidates at some point attacked and drew blood in a way most …

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Deval Patrick: too little, too late or a ray of sunshine?

There is no better campaigner than Deval Patrick. He's charismatic, warm, visionary and inspirational.  He appeals to our better sides, and has the kind of personality that really could help to heal the searing wounds of division. That he is African-American indicates his potential appeal to a constituency whose enthusiasm is essential to a Democratic …

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America celebrates – despite Trump

Welcoming summer's glories with friends in Ogunquit, listening languidly to waves lapping the rock-strewn sandy beach, long walks on the Marginal Way, lobster and steamers - life's pleasures endure, despite the despicable political environment. Our nation's birthday is still a cause for celebration. Years ago, we were regulars on the Esplanade for the Boston Pops …

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Will Newtown be any different?

How many times after a tragic shooting have we heard politicians say, in the guise of respect for the victims. "this isn't the time" to talk about gun control.   White House spokesman Jay Carney used the same language on Friday.  “There is, I’m sure, will be, rather, discussion of the usual Washington policy debates, but I …

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Murdoch, Bloomberg call for GOP to have courage on immigration

News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Boston Tuesday to hail immigrants' contributions to our economic vitality.  Touting the findings of a report by the Partnership for a New American Economy, the two cited the shortage of skilled workers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, …

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Colorado shooting scares, saddens and stymies us

Shouting fire in a crowded theater is a terrible thing to do. Opening fire is a horror of a whole order of magnitude. Most of America is struggling to make sense out of 24-year-old neuroscience student James Holmes' rampage, which so far has resulted in the deaths of 12 people and injured 59 others, some of whom may …

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Bloomberg is for marijuana and against sugary drinks

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday urged the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana.  This follows on the heels of last week's move to ban the sale of sugary drinks in cups exceeding 16 ounces.  At first, this looks contradictory: pot's okay but not a big container of sugary beverage. Enough mayoral micromanaging! Still, let's look …

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Susan Komen Foundation blunder makes it a net loser

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s move to eliminate its financial support of Planned Parenthood is a real losing proposition, for the people being served and for the organization’s reputation. Planned Parenthood was threatened with the loss of nearly $700,000 to expand breast examinations, and the Komen Foundation lost a huge amount of credibility. This blunder …

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"The Mosque" near Ground Zero: a battle of the heart, head and gut

Sorting out my feelings about the so-called "Mosque" near Ground Zero has been an odyssey of heart, gut and head.  The journey has not been easy.Some 9/11 survivors are genuinely aghast at the location of this proposed Islamic community center. There’s precedent for this reaction. When Carmelite nuns sought to establish a convent near Auschwitz, protests …

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