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Nuclear Failure

When safe enough doesn't cut it
"Most people today," writes political philosopher John Gray, "think they belong to a species that can be master of its destiny. This is faith, not science. The unfolding disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station sorely strains that faith, as did the 1979 crisis at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear plant and the 1986 catastrophe at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 18, 2011

John Reinstein

Freedom's Foot Soldier

Plus, Why Romney, Brown and Kerry are wrong
No one has labored with more love and assiduity to keep those liberties established by John Adams secure than John Reinstein, who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 16, 2011


District 7 endorsement: Vote Tito

Plus, sex ed and race in Boston’s schools
Thirty-five-year-old Tito Jackson, a former economic development official in Governor Deval Patrick's administration, is the candidate most deserving of District 7's votes.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 04, 2011

To your health

Gubernatorial Scorecard
Here's our second Gubernatorial Scorecard, in which we score Governor Paul LePage on political savvy, and on whether what he's trying to do is good policy. Note the running total.
By: EDITORIAL  |  March 02, 2011


Scott Brown's dilemma

Now that he has revealed his sexual abuse, will he confront his party's rape deniers?
During his first year in Washington, Brown proved to be a steadfast Republican. But on four high-profile issues — jobs, financial reform, gays in the military, and nuclear arms control — Brown joined a handful of Republican free-thinkers who broke ranks with their reactionary party.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 23, 2011

Phoenix wins NENPA honors

At the New England Newspaper and Press Association awards banquet earlier this month, Portland Phoenix writers earned several awards in the weekly newspaper category.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 23, 2011


Sarah Palin wilts as Glenn Beck self-destructs

Trouble on the right
Common sense has bloomed among right wingers — not once, but twice. And while these episodes are unlikely to become regular events, we should enjoy them while we can.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 10, 2011


What's gotten into Egypt?

Plus, Republicans for same-sex marriage, and trying to kill health-care reform
Being a dictator is a tough business. Just ask Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
By: EDITORIAL  |  February 03, 2011


Obama’s State of the Union explained

A Massachusetts moment?
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech left many commentators scratching their heads. In their view, Obama was admirably long on uplift but mysteriously short on specifics.  
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 27, 2011


Understanding the legacy of John F. Kennedy

'Ask not . . .'
January 20, 1961. On this day 50 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy began his presidential odyssey.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 19, 2011


American psycho

And the American psychosis
It will be unclear for some time whether alleged Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner will qualify for an insanity defense. But one need not be a practicing psychiatrist to see that the 22 year old is a disturbed individual.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011


Governor Fuzzy: Has Deval Patrick lost his edge — already?

Plus, Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy.
Some folks — including this newspaper — who supported Governor Deval Patrick's re-election and wish him well as he wrestles with the daunting task of steering Massachusetts through the next four years are scratching their heads.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 05, 2011


Careful carving: Keep politics out of redistricting

Plus, Scott Brown and 'DADT.'
The news last week from the US Census Bureau was as expected: Massachusetts is losing one of its 10 congressional districts.
By: EDITORIAL  |  January 12, 2011


Strong-arming the First Amendment

Plus activist judges and fat versus gay
President Barack Obama is a bright guy. In fact, he's a former constitutional-law professor.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 15, 2010


Wiki paradoxes

Plus, kudos to Council and DeLeo
Trust us: It is only a matter of time before Hollywood brings the saga of WikiLeaks impresario Julian Assange to the big screen.
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 08, 2010


What DeLeo and Murray should do

Why legislative leaders should act now to make the patronage scandal history
By: EDITORIAL  |  December 01, 2010


Patronage = corrpution

Plus, the Pope + condoms
The Massachusetts legislature is shocked — shocked! — that patronage is rife in the Probation Department! Shocked that it exists anywhere in state government! And it looks as if the both the House and the Senate will be damned if they are going to do anything about it.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 23, 2010


Mister Rogers

The MFA's impresario
Malcolm Rogers, top man at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, has managed to do at his institution what former Harvard president Larry Summers failed to do at his: curb internal self-indulgence and channel creative energy toward serving 21st-century needs.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 18, 2010


L'affaire Olbermann

Why Keith should lay off the campaign cash. Plus, Matt O'Malley for City Council.
Keith Olbermann's brief suspension from MSNBC for giving $2400 to each of three Democratic congressional candidates is an interesting case study.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 10, 2010


Reliving the nightmare

Massachusetts escapes, but much of the nation succumbs to the ravages of democracy
Somebody should thank Scott Brown.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 03, 2010


Boston Phoenix 2010 Endorsements: Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley, and Barney Frank

Plus, more endorsements and the ballot questions
Far too often, politics is the act of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. This election, voters have the unique chance of choosing a candidate who is a perfect fit for the office he seeks. That is why we endorse Democrat STEVE GROSSMAN for treasurer.
By: EDITORIAL  |  November 01, 2010

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