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Editorial: To Save the Rule of Law, the Council Must Lawyer up…

…Everybody else is getting one, so why not? But seriously…The Springfield City Council thus far is the only organ of city government containing the conflagration spreading throughout city government without getting singed. The fires have raged at Pearl Street as l’affaire de Bigda and the

Editorial: On East-West Rail, the Legislature Still Must Speak…

Some time ago the Massachusetts Department of Transportation—or simply MassDOT—announced plans to replace an aging viaduct east of the former Allston Turnpike tolls in Boston. The agency will bring the Pike to ground and elevate the adjoining Soldier Fields Road. That decision was widely praised.

You Have One Job to Do: VOTE…

About five years ago this blog urged residents of our city, Springfield, to vote with their whole hearts, their whole minds, and their whole souls on the casino subject. Our preferred outcome lost, but the point was to call our fellow residents to speak at

Endorsements on Parade: Time for New Executive Decisions in Mass…

Many states lay claim to inventing America. Few get as close to that being true as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Not every pivotal event in American history happened in our state, but it is not an overstatement to suggest that revolutions—political, cultural, technological—common start here.

The Questions for New Authority in 2018…

The ballot questions on Bay Staters’ ballots this cycle are somewhat unlike those of previous years.  They are technical, complex, but also critical.  They could decide how healthcare is delivered, but these questions could also come to define whether Massachusetts has truly evolved into an

Endorsements on Parade: Warren, Again, Our One Hundredth…

From the moment of her first election, Elizabeth Warren was to stand astride history.  By beating incumbent Republican Scott Brown in that bruising 2012 campaign, she became the first woman to represent the commonwealth in the Senate. Yet, Warren did so in spectacular fashion, replacing

The Primary Numbers: A New Secretary of State of Mind…

To some, the race for the Democratic nomination for Secretary of the Commonwealth could be the most hotly contested statewide race on the primary. Certainly, this blog thinks so. It pits the current Secretary, William Galvin, who has served since 1995, against Josh Zakim, a