Current Events

United Kingdom stays united

The BBC is reporting that the Scottish Independence Referendum lost with 55% voting no and 45% voting yes.  My interest in this process increased as election day grew near, not because I was committed to one side or the other but because of the rare phenomenon of a country (possibly)…

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In Scotland, what’s really under those kilts? by Marjorie Arons-Barron

The entry below is being cross posted from Marjorie Arons-Barron’s own blog. The domino theory, used by the United States to justify military intervention in Vietnam, has always been fallible. In Southeast Asia, neighboring Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy. Thailand is a parliamentary (if unstable) democracy.  The Indonesian archipelago is a republic.   But…

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Lowell Week in Review: September 14, 2014

18th Middlesex Representative Race Shortly after 9 am yesterday Erik Gitschier, Lowell’s new water department head and until two weeks ago a member of the Greater Lowell  Regional School Committee appeared on my front porch to leave a flyer for Fred Bahou, the unenrolled candidate for the 18th Middlesex Representative…

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“Happy?” by John Edward

John Edward teaches economics at Bentley and UMass Lowell. He’s a frequent contributor of columns on economic issues.  The gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our…

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