Editorials

The Urban Standoff and Triangles of Dysfunction

December 9, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone The scene: a narrow street in the downtown neighborhoods that will remain nameless. Cars park on both sides, and the path is narrow for two-way traffic; but it’s the way it’s been for years. It always “worked” though because fire hydrant spaces provide “dip-in” room to allow passage for all...
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Trump and the Vote

December 9, 2016
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We love how many of the national commentators and pundits always point out that while Donald Trump won the presidency, he didn’t get the popular vote. Well, it’s clear Donald Trump’s strategy was to reach the 270 electoral votes he needed to become the President of the United States. And that’s what he did,...
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A Vinyl Record and the Lost Spirit of Boston Rock

December 2, 2016
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Thanksgiving weekend at my house has been about cleaning up and clearing out for as long as I can remember. As a kid, it wasn’t long after the turkey hit our stomachs that our mother came in with a laundry list of laundry for us to do. The long weekend – though my dad...
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The Secret Weapon to Ending America’s Health Crisis: Schools

December 2, 2016
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By Kenneth Thorpe America has a big, fat problem. A whopping 13 million American children are obese  — and millions more are about to join their ranks. By 2025, according to a report in Pediatric Obesity, the nation will house 17 million obese kids. This is alarming. Obesity can lead to a slew of...
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Let’s Stay Cool and Calm on Legal Marijuana

December 2, 2016
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If recent news reports are to be believed, some in our state are hyperventilating about the imminent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts which was approved by voters in the recent election. Their opposition primarily is two-fold: First, that more under-age youth (under 21) will begin to use marijuana, and second, that there will be...
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Turkeys Celebrate An Early December, #DontForgetThanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone Somewhere on the vast farms in the vast open space where turkeys are raised for our Thanksgiving tables, those very turkeys have heard that Christmas trees have been stationed in the front of Home Depot, and in unison, they are gobbling sweet victory. It was barely mid-November and the leaves...
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Remember Those in Need

November 24, 2016
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For the vast majority of Americans, Thanksgiving and the holiday season is a joyous time when the abundance that life offers is most apparent in a wealthy nation such as ours. But the sad reality for many of our fellow citizens is that the holiday season brings little, if any, joy. Those who are...
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Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving is the ultimate family-centered holiday. Thanksgiving has no religious connotations, no national-celebration connotations, and no required gift-giving. It asks nothing more from each of us than just showing up (other than for the person who is doing all the cooking) and enjoying the company of our family and friends and then having a...
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Friendly Faces Yield to Transponders and Kiosks

November 18, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone In another blow to human interaction, the toll takers at the various stops and starts throughout Boston have passed into the past – and with little to no fanfare. Most have applauded the change and prefer to be able cruise through with the illusion that it costs nothing, when in...
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Why Were the Presidential Polls Wrong?

November 18, 2016
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By Dr. Gary Welton The election-night coverage of the 2016 vote began with images of the Clinton campaign team gathering in the Javits Center—under the symbolic glass ceiling. Hillary Clinton supporters were enthusiastic, upbeat, and expectant. The polls gave them every reason to expect that America was electing her as the country’s first female...
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