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Peter Maldoof April 16, 2014 at 05:43 pm
@DennisN......LOL! You made my day! Everything I said was 100% True. For some reason the People ofRead More Mass will vote Democrat even if its not a Good choice. They did surprise me with some Republican Governors though. 1972 Mass goes for McGovern. Only State in the Union. Nixon paid us back by closing several bases. I'm sure your a big Obama fan as well. I promise you he will go down in history as the worst President in Modern times and maybe even All Time. Mass will always be home for me Dennis, sorry. We will just have to agree to disagree. I can do that. I don't think you can. By reading your post to me and others I can tell your pretty impressed with yourself. I'm not. How do you think Mary Jo Kopecknys family felt when Mass kept electing the guy who killed their daughter. 6 hours of missing time Teddy couldn't explain. Or how about the families of those underage boys felt when Men in their 50s were having sex with their kid? Not a day in jail. Then, Barney and Gerry kept getting reelected. Its not up to the US Government to control every aspect of our life Dennis. Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Harry Reid are all criminals hiding the truth from the American People. Agree To Disagree if you want but sometimes the truth hurts. PS I am not a Republican either
Joe Veno April 17, 2014 at 07:41 am
Why does Patrick think he can do what ever he want to do? OOPs sorry I forgot he lovesRead More Obama....question answered !!
BH April 17, 2014 at 08:11 am
Frank makes me laugh, literally nobody listens or cares what you say because you present it in suchRead More a conspiracy theory like way. Why don't you paint a nice water color sign and take a drive to the state house today.
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MikeA April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
"But the GOP caucus did raise a fuss about the Democrats' move to exclude any debate aboutRead More certain local aid levels or welfare reform when the bill hits the floor April 28." Here in North Andover, one of the reasons some members of the school committee didn't support Republican Jim Lyons in the last election was that he "didn't support increased local aid". It appears that they were wrong (and the voters weren't fooled).
Joe Viglione April 14, 2014 at 01:30 pm
How many people on Beacon Hill are fleeing? Notice the pattern? Something is up.
Ken B. April 14, 2014 at 06:01 pm
Of course you can't have amendments regarding welfare reform ! How embarrassing it would be to theRead More demo leadership for their majority to vote with the EBT crowd instead of the taxpayer. Wait until after the May deadline for filing to run when it's "safe" for them to keep the layabouts happy.
Governor Patrick is joined by Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert to DeLeo to sign the Line of Duty Act. Photo Credit: Spencer Crispino/Governor's Office
BH April 12, 2014 at 07:37 am
I hate police and fire being treated as royalty and more important than other people, we are allRead More humans, they get fairly compensated for their time and they chose their profession, they weren't forced. Why they get special treatment, I'll never know, people get killed at their jobs everyday. I'm also positive most have life insurance for their families, dumb if they don't.
Bjean April 12, 2014 at 02:26 pm
Wow, you posters are truly hateful! Because firemen and women are running into a burning building toRead More rescue you and your families when you need help! And because the police would be willing to put themsrlves in harms way to keep you and the public safe and out of harms way! Show a little compassion for the first responders and the families left behind when they die in a burning building or take a bullet trying to help YOU!
BH April 12, 2014 at 03:11 pm
Oh please, so there are no other professions that risk their lives for your benefit? Power lineRead More workers, rescue pilots, highway workers, steel workers? They face far more danger on a daily basis for the benefit of the public. There is also never talk of procedural investigations when police or firemen die. It's just "they are heroes" maybe so, but were they justified, was it procedure to enter that building or pull their weapon? Everything is glossed over based on the glorification of the position.
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Joe Viglione April 11, 2014 at 11:31 am
Cash only at MBTA garages. And how do we get a proper accounting of the monies? Will we hearRead More about another "computer glitch" ? What is the point of cash only on Marathon Monday?
Jim April 11, 2014 at 12:07 pm
They justify cash only / pay on entry because of volume. They anticipate too many people will beRead More exiting at the same time and they don't want to have lines / people getting stuck because they don't have enough money. I suspect they don't want to deal with the people who "lost" their tickets also. I do wonder how well they keep track of the funds though...
Southender April 12, 2014 at 03:36 pm
When they say Copley and Arlington stations will be closed all day does that mean from Midnight toRead More Midnight?? Not clear.
Jared Remy in court. Photo credit: WHDH/7-News
andipandi April 10, 2014 at 03:18 pm
If you were referring to an increase in same-sex marriage domestic violence, and if this caseRead More involved a same-sex married couple, you might have a point Virginia... but I suspect you are just connecting two very different dots that have nothing to do with this. Remy is straight, he and Martell were not married, he's just a steroid thug and his violence cannot be blamed on gay people.
Unknown April 10, 2014 at 03:24 pm
If you choose to connect dots that I didn't mention that's what you read Andipandi. The vicitm's orRead More the pepertrator's situation is not for me to get involved with neither is the use of calling someone a steroid thug. I have no responses to make to any other persons comments. I live in this world as everyone else does as do you also.
kdemers1 April 10, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Why has it taken so long to pass this type of legislation to protect victims from their abusers? IfRead More it were not for the high profile REMY case which was grossly mismanaged by the courts and law enforcement resulting in the death of a young mother I doubt this bill would be proceeding this quickly. Hopefully WE as a society have heard enough of these tragic endings to continue protective legislation that really works. Restraining orders sadly does little to protect these victims .
A screenshot from DrugFree.org about Zohydro ER. Credit: DrugFree.org
Vincent DiRico April 10, 2014 at 11:41 am
I'll admit "tamper resistant safeguards" (aren't just the bottles they come in) are aRead More pleasant surprise to me, thanks for that info. ---> 10% abuse seems like a very high number but I agree the people who need this help should not be kept from getting it.
Julia Simmons April 11, 2014 at 08:58 pm
Here is an email I sent to my Attorney General when I found out he had joined in on the hysteria: IRead More was very upset today when I heard that my State's Attorney General was joining the fight against the FDA's approval of Zohydro Er. I have been living with the pain of severe Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 15. Despite my enthusiasm for school and good grades, I was in too much pain to achieve the goals I wanted for myself. Then in 2008, I found a compassionate doctor who was willing to prescribe opiates and everything changed. I have been able to work two jobs, enjoy my old hobbies, buy a beautiful home, and I plan to continue my education this fall...There is just one problem. My doctors recently discovered that my liver was enlarged from RA involvement and I will not be able to continue taking the daily doses of acetaminophen that are forced on me in the name of abuse prevention. Unfortunately this is an all too common dilemma, as many of the conditions that cause chronic pain also cause liver damage. Without a Hydrocodone only alternative, like Zohydro, I will soon have to stop the treatment that has given me my life back. If you succeed in your efforts, you will be forcing me back into a life of pain. I may loose my job, my house, and all the progress I have made. Why should I be made to suffer to protect those who would choose to abuse opiates? I did not CHOOSE my misfortune. Is the wellbeing of the drug abuser inherently more valuable than mine? I appreciate you taking the time to hear my arguments. I beg you to please reconsider your stance on this issue and to put your faith in the doctors and regulators of the FDA. Please help your constituents to understand the needs of the patients. Surely you can agree that the rights of the law abiding citizen out weight concerns for the criminal, no matter what the consequences. Fiat justitia ruat caelum
AHM April 12, 2014 at 07:09 am
On your side Julia. I am in 24/7 pain also. I take as little pain medication as possible. I seeRead More these problem as being in the doctors hands solely. They have to use wise judgment on handing these out based on a persons needs and condition. Too many are just handing them out freely. Many of us patients are responsible too and should not be made to suffer from the abuse of a few doctors handing them out like candy. And it is not up to the state government to know what is best for us. Enough of this nanny government crap.
Ted Kennedy Jr., son of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy is expected to announce run for state senate in Connecticut.  Credit: Patch file photo
Mr. Lyn Levens April 9, 2014 at 02:22 pm
Here are the same Ten Commandments in the New Testament.Read More http://godmadeus.com/tencommand/tencommandments.php Repubs are not perfect-but there does seem to be more fundamental Christians Repub. and more liberal Catholics. Please listen to my song-copy and paste. I thank you for a more peasant rebuttal.
Tyler Jozefowicz April 11, 2014 at 09:53 am
Glad to hear that Ted Kennedy Jr.,(D) is running for State Senator (CT). He could continue as aRead More corporate lawyer and make plenty of money , but has elected to serve his country and its people in the finest Democrat tradition. The usual , grumpy guys have responded in their name calling, anti-progressive fashion. Here's the real problem- anyone that is for civil rights and supports programs for low income and elderly are on their hit list. Republicans would privatize SS, give a voucher to Medicare recipients , then tell them they're on their own , repeal Obamacare ( because they already have their coverage), repress voter registration , repeal all guns laws in a minute. Why? Because they said they would. So the grumps complain about socialism , never thinking they will be touched. Ignorance is bliss.
Ken B. April 11, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Death Panel Boy's vivid imagination at play. Overmedicated or under ?.....so hard to tell.
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noahbabymom April 7, 2014 at 05:57 pm
2001-2008 was "ruled" by Bush. What was his vice again?
Steve Marino April 7, 2014 at 07:20 pm
Keeping taxes low so you could feed your children.
steve forte April 8, 2014 at 07:51 am
If your children are starving it is no ones fault but your own. Maybe you should have put yourselfRead More in a better financial position before having them.
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Disciple April 14, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Take a look at the Ryan budget. It looks like they are for hereditary oligarchy and against anyoneRead More who works for a living.
robbinsfarm April 14, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Long-shawks strikes again !! demonize anybody from GOP with a plan !!
robbinsfarm April 14, 2014 at 08:32 pm
A judge just sentenced someone to hard time !! Listening to Warren for 100 community hours. SomeRead More feel this is worse that water boarding !!!
Massachusetts State House. Credit: File photo.
mark April 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm
No way! Who are they to get benefits we the people don't receive! No disrespect to those who haveRead More passed on but someone in government- civil service should not be treated better than any other working person!
Dennis Naughton April 4, 2014 at 04:11 pm
@mark: If that is really how you feel about unfairness you should be addressing the nationalRead More unfairness that continues to be created by the US Supreme Court in undermining our election system----first by Citizens United, and more recently by McCutcheon. The USSC is assuring a strangle hold by corporate plutocracy and the elimination of popular democracy. Don't be, as so many are, sidetracked by the small stuff.
mark April 5, 2014 at 12:58 am
Corporations, Unions, banks, government are all evil!
Jared Remy in court. Photo credit: WHDH/7News
malcolm nichols April 3, 2014 at 11:20 am
It's not illegal to be illegal. As long as this is the belief of our AG then there is no hope.
HeyguySorinHey April 3, 2014 at 01:48 pm
This dude is such a boner....lets serve justice the old way..chop his peepee off that'll teach himRead More not to mess with the nWo....too sweeeet
nm April 3, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Can we stop talking about pit bulls for a second? Jeez. These are people actively and purposefullyRead More manipulating and harming other people. Domestic violence affects much more people each year than pit bulls attacks do.
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Prometheus March 28, 2014 at 07:48 am
Be responsible for your own security. In this state that prides itself on compassion and releasingRead More people serving life sentences.....it is the only option.
mark March 28, 2014 at 07:54 am
Judge Amy Gray? Are you a judge employed by the usurped Commonwealth of Massachusetts? If so I canRead More see why you drink the Kool-Aid of Massa Deval and The Illegally empowered to raise rates and fees D.O.T. I just love how people in government will sell out the human race for their government job and pension! When I get elected I will privatize almost all sectors of government and fire every hack that is stealing from the people!
Prometheus March 28, 2014 at 07:57 am
....and return kidnapped children to CT.
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J.B March 27, 2014 at 03:20 am
I wonder if his constituent asked him to jump off a bridge would he do that too?
Dani March 27, 2014 at 02:46 pm
The bill was filed on behalf of a constituent. It has nothing to do with being Rep. or Dem. There'sRead More a meme going around on facebook saying Ross filed a bill to prevent women from having sex if they were getting divorced. Total BS. But no one does any research these days to find the truth, and believe everything they read on fb, or elsewhere. This from Ross: "First and foremost, I believe in the democratic process and true representation of the people," said Ross. "For that reason, when a constituent requested that I file a free petition on his behalf, I did so." The point of the bill is to protect children. That said, how much gov't. do we want in our lives?
had_enuf March 29, 2014 at 10:05 am
It's clear that these liberal posters who are criticizing Ross and Republicans have no readingRead More comprehension skills, just an ability to engage in demagoguery. Pathetic but predictable. Liberalism really is a mental disorder.
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Saber Walsh March 25, 2014 at 09:58 am
Our Statehouse is a local mirror of Congress: neutered by a power hungry central government that isRead More poised for total control. We should at least get some money back out of the system by renting the State House for legal offices, historical tours ("this is what American democracy used to look like"), and maybe rent some space to the local YMCA so they can put a pool in. Otherwise it's not worth heating that space anymore.
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Rob C March 29, 2014 at 02:38 pm
Maybe Charles is the exception that proves the rule when it comes to party and IQ. But then again,Read More the voters of a party that for 40 years continuously elected a womanizing, alcoholic, murderer to the Senate and then canonize this same person as a role model in the women’s rights department aren’t really that bright, so I think that the whole “study” is flawed from the beginning.
Ken B. March 29, 2014 at 07:27 pm
Beyond the fact his claim has no merit, demos like Charles like to preach equality, but are theRead More first to throw those on the south side of his magical "divide" under the bus. It doesn't matter if those people paint his house, grow or prepare his food, deliver his heating oil, or were his father's "brothers" at Normandy, or in the Leyte Gulf or Korea or Vietnam.....he is "better" than them.
John C. March 30, 2014 at 09:08 am
How about using your some common sense to vote for the person regardless of the party, who you thinkRead More will do the best job for the community. I know there doesn't appear to be much common sense behind many of the people that become elected and many times there aren't good choices but you have to go with what you have on your ballot and hope for the best.
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mark March 24, 2014 at 09:00 am
Also note the Catholic Church is also responsible for the changing ethnicity in this country. IfRead More they didn't have mass immigration of Haitians, Africans, Latinos, they wouldn't have no following and would be out of business because whites in this country ( except liberal politicians) realized what frauds they are!
Tyler Jozefowicz March 24, 2014 at 05:43 pm
DJ: thanks for pointing out the paid bloggers posting the same to multiple sites. Yes there is freeRead More speech but I like to know when it is paid free speech and paid by whom . Nothing like outing these dudes. same thing happens with the chain e-mails the "pass it on" stuff that starts with a half -truth , then goes into the lie brigade. when you see them using common language like - Nobama, Libtard, Moonbat, Dumbocrat- you know they are reading from the same screen and brain dead from the far right websites . The ones that amaze me are the ones claiming to be uncommitted, analytic- after all that research and reading they all swing to the right. then come the back slappers that know nothing about the subject , just who they like and who they hate. they're more phony than the pretenders. I'm a partisan Democrat; i don't have to pretend.
Steven Sadowski March 24, 2014 at 08:52 pm
Tyler (and Tyler's "recommending fan") you do realize you are exactly the persona youRead More criticize? You may not get paid to be a shill for the DNC (although I'm suspicious) but there isn't an ounce of skeptical reasoning in your DNA. Everything Dem= good, everything Republican = bad. We get it. You're as unpredictable as Chris Matthews. So please don't play the poor citizen-poet overwhelmed by the Koch Brothers' PAC's. You're simply part of the George Soros machine on some level. As for your quip about us uncommitted's, I know it hurts your brain to have to think about your adversaries' views in more than two dimensions, but it is possible to be a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. Tough to create strawman arguments against those types, but we do exist.
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mark patterson March 20, 2014 at 04:19 pm
The project will be paid for by stealing money from the registered and licensed drivers who onceRead More again will take it up the keester. Two years ago the Massachusetts Department of Transportation took $51 Million from inspection sticker fees from the registry and gave it to the MBTA. Now they are raising the stickers from $29 to $35 and jacking up license renewals from $50 to $60. The taxpayers already subsidize the T. Why do we have to take another hit. The roads and bridges are falling apart, gas taxes were raised, and the state took in an extra $500 Million. Let the MBTA be self-sufficient or can it! Privatization would work well. A private company wouldn't pay fare collectors $80,000 + benefits and a 100% retirement at 40 years old!
K. March 20, 2014 at 05:14 pm
I'm sure this project will finish ontime and within budget. I'm kidding. I anticipate at least aRead More 100% overrun.
joseph mcgruff March 21, 2014 at 09:14 am
It's not like their building the Empire State Building...I mean geez, that took a year and 45Read More days...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Credit: Courtesy Photo, Sen. Warren.
Anna Bucciarelli March 23, 2014 at 09:46 am
No one is "smarter" than anyone else, we all see things as we see them and the facts oftenRead More speak for themselves. Some of us have facts down pat, other of us dream a little dream, while one is delusional and simply a sniper, always ready with nasty comments and name calling.
Anna Bucciarelli March 23, 2014 at 10:04 am
... and, some people live by coincidences that occur, giving them the illusion of hope and change.
Jerry Chase April 1, 2014 at 01:06 pm
I suppose that there could be an eventual toilet paper shortage.
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AHM March 19, 2014 at 10:31 am
Maybe I don't know all the answers but it would seem this is a problem of dispensing. It has it'sRead More place and maybe some health professionals are not using it for it's intended use. Maybe if they prescribe a certain amount it would require them to answer for why they should be giving out so much. Rather than getting rid of a drug that may help some people who are suffering.
Cori Ryan March 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Hydrocodone is already prescribed today so this is pointless. Vicodin has hydrocodone in it, and ifRead More you have ever taken Vicodin for something then this is not incredibly different. It appears Lynch does not understand the whole picture of addiction if he thinks this will solve anything rather than deprive someone of temporary treatment of pain after a serious medical procedure.
Amy March 19, 2014 at 04:06 pm
If the Massachusetts Congress members would leave this state we'd all have less pain.
Rob C March 19, 2014 at 11:14 pm
State had no choice but to switch to Obamcare. Fed trumps state. And even though they are supposedRead More to be the same i know people in ma that had plans cancelled because of it.
J. Parker March 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Exactly! So why are people calling Obamacare, Romneycare? You don't have to answer that.....
Tyler Jozefowicz March 20, 2014 at 04:26 pm
J. Parker: to answer your question, Obamacare like Romneycare allows you to go to an exchange andRead More select coverage. 99% of MA people are already covered . Nothing happen to them . Anyone else not covered and desiring to do so, can go to the exchange, or they can go to a private healthcare provider anytime they want. Federal exchanges are set up in states that refuse to provide their own exchange for their own citizens even though the feds pay 100% the first year and 90% for the next 3 years . The people complaining here already have insurance but hate Obama. Romney ran away from his own healthcare program because he was running for president and lost.
Scott Brown. Patch File Photo
Ron Swanson March 14, 2014 at 02:25 pm
I think everyone separates local and national politics. But interesting you vote for perhaps rightRead More leaning local politicians because you agree with their viewpoint but immediately dismiss any right leaning national politician as a joke. Isn't there a saying "you are the company you keep"?. Well, the Mayor you dislike very much is pals with Deval, Markey, and Liz, and Coakley....
Joe Viglione March 14, 2014 at 10:22 pm
I think you are smart enough "Ron" to know that the residents realize how in deepRead More McGlynn is with many of the regional "party leaders." Though I disagree that Deval is pals with McGlynn. Mike's alliance appeared to have been with Tim Murray. Do you know something we don't?
Silence DoBad March 15, 2014 at 09:18 pm
Ohhh No! well it is over, I just heard Jeane Shaheen claimed that her pappy was part Cherokee.Read More It is ovah!