103 Blog Posts From the MASSACHUSETTS Tag


Practice makes imperfect

Practice makes imperfect

A few years ago an overzealous prosecutor put a Massachusetts man in prison for life after a high speed chase. He got the jury to call it murder when it was clearly negligent homicide or manslaughter. While that case was making its way through the system a more sympathetic jury on the other side of […]

The ghettos of Lincoln

The ghettos of Lincoln

Lincoln is one of the richest towns in Massachusetts but it has a ghetto too. As in some other states, towns here are legally required to permit affordable housing. Most residents don’t want anybody moving in, and especially those people. What to do? A compromise was reached. The dirty masses would be allowed to live […]

I can’t drive 30

I can’t drive 30

A government traffic engineer told me his team used to routinely review speed limits until they noticed nobody in authority was acting on staff reports. A key feature feature of California’s speed trap law is a requirement to review old speed limits. In New England speed traps don’t expire, they get seniority. Six months ago […]

Close to the edge

Close to the edge

The first eight miles are easy. And then the highway ends. Governor Sargent killed it in 1970. The remaining mile and a half to work is about the limit of my tolerance for urban commuting. They are paying me enough to put up with that much, but the east half of Cambridge might as well […]

Today’s the fourth of July

Today’s the fourth of July

“Today’s the Fourth of July. Another June has gone by. When they light up our town I just think what a waste of gunpowder and sky.” That was Aimee Mann. The opening of her song “4th of July” matches my holiday mood. It’s not a day of celebration for me. Where is our yellow vest […]

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