T troubles from the can kicked down the road by Marjorie Arons-Barron

The entry below is being cross posted from Marjorie Arons-Barron’s own blog. In Mumbai, train service was once so slow passengers rioted and burned train stations.  In Bangkok, a one-way commute can take four hours.  Manila’s public transport relies on Jeepneys, modeled on WW II jeeps and hazardous to passenger comfort and safety.  But…

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The “Gerrymander” Made Law in Massachusetts ~ February 11, 1812

There is much about politics for which Massachusetts is well-known.  An infamous historical note rests with Governor Elbridge Gerry and his redistricting method known ever since as “Gerrymandering.” Cartoonists memorialized his efforts in a “Gerrymander” creature that  resembled that of a salamander-like monster. From the archive: Infamous “Gerrymander” Made Massachusetts Law ~…

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“Of those to whom much is given, much is required.” ~ January 9, 1961 ~ JFK’s Farewell to the Massachusetts Legislature

Yesterday in his Inaugural Address, newly-sworn-in Governor Charlie Baker reminded us that on that rostrum in that Chamber, John F. Kennedy addressed the  Legislature and the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as he took his leave to become the 35th President of the United States. He noted ~ “Decades…

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