A tree died for this?
Thank goodness we are on the verge of a shield law that will enable reporters to protect their sources. Maybe we can get some journalism that merits those long overdue changes.
Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.
Almost 1,000 state jobs will be eliminated and another 1,000 are in jeopardy unless unions agree to concessions as the state moves to close a $600 million budget gap, Governor Deval Patrick's top fiscal aide said today.Take that Charlie and Tim. You too Christy.
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“If one knew 12 months ago the scale of this, it would have been best to make a series of cuts all at once,’’ Widmer said. “Revenues dropped more dramatically than anybody had forecast. It would have been difficult to foresee the extent of the problem. It has been the same in state after state. Massachusetts has acquitted itself better than other states.’’People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones Timmie. You have a record that doesn't exactly reflect glory.
“There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves,” the opinion article stated. “By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.”The remarks are actually authored by two Republican Party county chairman, in a letter to the editor that, in their twisted minds, was congratulating DeMint with frugality. To their discredit -- and frankly that of the editor of the paper -- that age-old insult was supposed to be a compliment.
The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., reported that Mr. Ulmer had e-mailed a statement explaining that the comment was one he had “heard many times in my life, truly in admiration for a method of bettering one’s lot in life.I'm sure he heard it many times. But if he thought it was a statement of admiration, he obviously never read Shakespeare.
"Generally the best reception occurs when the clock is located near a window and, if possible, facing the direction of Fort Collins, Colorado."Those helpful directions are located inside the clock package, available only after you buy it. They also cheerily inform you that you should should "not place in a metal of concrete building unless close to a window with the curtains or other window treatments open."
"Poor signal reception may occur due to close proximity to mountains, tall buildings, power lines, airports, traffic lights and electrical storms between your location and Fort Collins, Colorado."Glad those digital clocks aren't going anywhere.
"If your clock does not immediately receive the time signal do not be alarmed. That is probably due to poor reception and normally this is a temporary condition. Generally the best reception is during the nighttime hours when normal interference with the radio signal is minimal. If the clock does not receive the signal within 24 hours, you may need to relocate the clock to a position with better signal reception."Or take the tin foil helmet off your head.
“This is a breathtakingly bad picture. They’re putting additional taxes on employers, and we are seeing our jobs erode. It’s devastating in terms of the state’s competitiveness.’’Well maybe not. Because no one else is really competitive these days.
“We’re obviously in a fiscal morass, and we’re all going to have to come together to figure out how to get through this. He’s asking for further power, but we haven’t seen a plan.’’Or Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, with the 20-20 hindsight that comes when your party caucus can meet in a phone booth.
“Basic things like a hiring freeze or a wage freeze, or repeal of the antiprivatizing laws - those would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars,’’ Tisei said. “We’re always behind the eight ball on the budget crisis and can’t get ahead of it. It’s clear from listening to the governor that not only do we have a revenue problem, but we have a management problem in the state.’’Last I looked it took the Legislature to repeal a law. And as for wage freezes, well, there's the matter of binding union contracts. The House did have a management problem of sorts -- an indicted former speaker accused of extortion. But Dianne Wilkerson did have a novel idea for solving her cash crunch.
..."Treasurer Cahill is focused on solving problems, not disparaging his opponents in an attempt to raise more money from party insiders."Two words: Thomas Kelly. True, not a party insider because Treasurer Tim saw his political future outside the party. But people who live in glass houses...
“The best way to sustain all of the good things in Massachusetts, including a business climate, is to get the state’s finances in control, so people aren’t constantly wondering when the next bomb to fall off of Beacon Hill is going to come.’’One word: how? If taxes are off the table, where to you cut? As someone who knew the state's finances inside and out, it's appropriate to ask for specifics.
Is anyone really surprised that someone will be making out well during a steep downturn thanks to the efforts of lobbyists arguing their case to lawmakers in what in essence was outside of public scrutiny?
A corporate tax deduction, created last year as a sweetener for businesses in a tax-tightening measure, will cost the state at least $535 million over seven years, according to a new estimate by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
That projected loss of state revenue - and estimates that more than half of the $535 million would benefit just three corporations - comes at a time when state dollars are already stretched thin, prompting calls to rethink the wisdom of the deduction.
“I’ve asked the mayor to grant me a leave of absence until we get by this,’’ Kineavy said. “I’ve become a distraction, and that isn’t good for the mayor or the city so, until this straightens out, I won’t be a part of city government.’’To which Menino offered:
“It is unfortunate that these things happen during political times but we hope this time will allow Michael to clear his name,’’ Menino said in a statement last night. “The city will continue to seek out information of any deleted items from within Michael’s computers and will continue to work in cooperation with the secretary of state’s office in this effort.’’"During political times." Do Kineavy and Menino simply think this is a tactic authored by Michael Flaherty and his new worst enemy, Secretary of State Bill Galvin?
“There’s been nothing to indicate he hasn’t been up front,’’ Sinnott said.Oh really? Claiming to double-delete e-mails under subpoena before they turn up intact on another computer he didn't remember giving up because it ran slow?
But the issue is also the Internet’s ability to give cover to critics who don’t have to do what Carr does - own their opinions. The blogosphere opened up the public conversation to new, thoughtful voices, but it should not provide a shield to hide biases and private agendas.Ever read the comments section in Globe or the Herald Joan? Or listen to "Steve from Saugus" or wherever hold forth on Carr or Limbaugh or wherever.
I think it’s jobs for votes - telling Sam Yoon you have a job in my administration if I win. You don’t make appointments and deals during a political campaign.”If that's the case, so is negotiating lucrative public employee contracts (lucrative for the union that is) during an election year.
Ask any CEO out there: Who, once in a while, doesn’t have a little conversation with some of these people who work with them?’’ Menino said. “I think that’s healthy, because there are issues that are there. . . . I have no problem with that.’’The focus on these sidelights are good politics on Flaherty's part, scoring some points and getting under Menino's notoriously thin skin. But they should not be the focal point of the race. Education and public safety should.
So now one of the nation's leading newspapers is publishing stories that sources decline to deny something?
NBC Universal executives declined to deny a report Wednesday night that Comcast, the cable giant, is in talks to buy the television and movie company from General Electric.
Comcast also did not deny the report that bankers for the two sides discussed a possible deal Tuesday in New York.
Such talks often lead nowhere, but rumors have circulated for months that GE might be looking to unload the news and entertainment company. NBC is stuck in fourth place among broadcast networks, and Universal Studios is enduring a rough movie season.But it didn't seem all that long ago that the Washington Post excelled in pinning down hard facts with two sources. And I do seem to recall it was those efforts by a couple of cop reporters named Woodward and Bernstein that spawned an entire generation of reporters taught to get it first -- but get it right.