Character is something that’s not always easy to define, but
making the attempt does bring to mind what the late Supreme Court Justice
Potter Stewart famously said about pornography, “I know it when I see it.”
Well, when you look into the eyes
of Mitt Romney, you just know that a weak character resides beneath that smug
FreeForAll readers will want to check out my online piece for
The Boston Phoenix, in which I express some
skepticism over Attorney General Martha Coakley’s recent indictment of Powers Fasteners,
Inc., the Big Dig’s epoxy manufacturer, for involuntary manslaughter. I
theorize, based on what we know so far, that Coakley may have some ulterior
motives in bringing this indictment.
Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham had an
yesterday contrasting the bold architecture on MIT’s campus with Harvard’s many
recent architectural blunders. I think
you’ll find an explanation for the difference between Harvard and MIT
architecture by examining the cultures of the two schools.
A bridge collapses in Minnesota, with tragic
and deadly consequences. A
report shows hundreds of bridges across Massachusetts
are in similar need of repair.
Each year, education think tanks decry the chronic underfunding of many public
schools. Meanwhile, In a
desperate bid to refill depleted town coffers, the residents of a quiet little
town vote 2-1 to allow casino gambling – a decision that will change the face of the town forever and bring in its
wake a whole new world of social and other problems.
Don’t be fooled by all of the
partisan bickering. Congress’ recent debate over enacting a new federal wiretapping
statute boiled down to one very simple question: should Congress transfer the
authority to approve wiretaps from judges, whom the constitution specifically entrusts
with this power, to the intelligence agencies and the Department of Justice,
who conduct the surveillance?