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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Forbidding Political Lies

What is it about a lie, especially a political lie, that gives it Constitutional protection (Even misleading speech shouldn't be banned, Boston Globe, February 4, 2015: A14)?

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Friday, January 30, 2015

DeLeo's betrayal of the public on Term Limits

The Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives did a disservice to Democrats and democracy yesterday. By scheduling a vote on ending the Speaker's term limits without any time for public discussion, he disenfranchised the voters of Massachusetts.

We should remember that he is Speaker of the house. It is not the Speaker's House; it is the people's House.

Let us hope that, at the next election,  the primary voters in his district remember this betrayal and oust Mr. De Leo from the legislature.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Process versus Content in Education

Mr. Beall (Letter, New York Times, Jan 21st. 2015: A18) claims that  "the capacity for creative invention and entrepreneurship (grit), not the ability to memorize procedures and algorithms and recall facts" is what sets America apart and contributed to our innovation and economic successes in the 20th century.

He is wrong. First those he extols were the recipients of the traditional education that he despises. Second, innovation and entrepeneurship need to be built upon a solid foundation of knowledge. One needs to know what is possible before one can attempt the impossible.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Groupthink & Hagel

Here is a piece occasioned by the firing of Chuck Hagel

 Metrowest Daily News

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cautionary tale about voter suppression

At MetroWest Daily News

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Globe Editors must have a very short memory.

In the dim and distant part, an attractive Republican with known managerial experience and progressive social values presented himself as a candidate for governor. He was elected and reelected for a second term.

However during his second term he developed national ambitions and shifted from his pro-choice, pro-gay position to the opposite end of the spectrum so as to appeal to  Republican voters in Red states..

Does the Globe really want the risk of history repeating itself.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

CEO Compensation

The best way to close the divide between CEO pay and that of ordinary workers (Efforts to regulate CEO pay gain traction. Boston Globe, October 25th., 2014. G1, G3)  is to share the bonuses. After all, every employee from janitor to CEO has contributed to the firm's success, so they should all share the rewards.

Set up a salary system with appropriate differences between each level in the organization then, at year's end, give everyone the same percent of salary as bonus. CEO's will still get more money than janitors but all will get a compensation boost.

We don't need legislation; his is the fair way to do it.

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