Posted inPolitics, Transportation

Lawmakers skeptical of MBTA control board plan

Can the Baker administration address the MBTA’s problems using the tools that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation already has? That was the question that the Joint Committee on Transportation wrestled with as Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and members of Gov. Charlie Baker’s special MBTA panel fielded questions about its recent report on T operations, management, […]

Posted inHealth Care, Politics

Charting postpartum depression

WHENEVER SHE PICKED UP a knife, Jamie Zahlaway Belsito thought about stabbing herself. The thought intruded so often that the mother-to-be thought it was a sign that having a baby was a mistake. The dark-haired, vivacious former Philips executive used to jet back and forth between Boston and the technology company’s headquarters in the Netherlands. Belsito […]

Posted inOlympics

Zimbalist torches Olympics bid

At a recent public meeting on Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympic bid, an Allston resident cited the work of Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College economist, on cost overruns that host cities can rack up preparing for the Games and wondered who would be held responsible for potential deficits. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged that the city […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Economy, Politics

Gun advocates protest billboards

A war of words over words erupted this week as gun rights advocates checkmated Boston developer John Rosenthal’s effort to spread his anti-gun violence message across Massachusetts via billboards. The billboards, which say “We’re Not Anti-Gun. We’re Pro-Life. Massachusetts Gun Laws Save Lives,” feature a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle with a white surrender flag in […]

Posted inTransportation

Tackling MBTA’s debt problem

THE MBTA’S EFFORTS to spare Boston-area riders fare increases and service cuts by restructuring its debt service payments made a bad financial situation worse, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business watchdog group. The winter storms of 2015 brought two related issues into sharp focus: the transit system’s debt of […]

Posted inPolitics

Boston’s African American leaders

PHOTOJOURNALIST DON WEST teamed up with former Boston Globe national editor Ken Cooper on Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership to document the careers of Boston-area African American leaders who have distinguished themselves in fields from arts to politics. The book is a photographic journey through the stories of more than 100 black men […]