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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A crumbling Commonwealth

(Former) Gov. Mitt Romney's drop-by the tell us the sky is falling (or at least the ceiling of the Sumner Tunnel) represents yet another example of the Romney-Healey administration and its GOP predecessors being asleep at the switch.

Republicans -- whether the name is Romney, Healey, Swift, Cellucci or Weld -- or Amorello or Buckingham -- have been in charge of the state's executive branch and have made critical appointments -- for the last 16 years.

If the Sumner and Callahan tunnels are in as bad shape at the newer construction on the Mass Turnpike the question is: where has the oversight been? Who has been in charge? And if there's no "undue risk" -- why the dramatic announcement with flags and podiums in the middle of a campaign?

It's not easy to dismiss this as Matt's fault. There is a systemic problem here that goes back four gubernatorial generations. Who's responsible? And should be continue to let them have the keys when they mess up so badly?


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