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Rob C April 18, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Ironically the problem is probably caused by one of the idiotic laws passed by Barrett and thoseRead More like him in the first place. Enough with over legislation already. We need less laws and regulations. Not more.
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 08:18 am
Ditto!
Rob C January 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm
All for early voting, will help get more people to the polls and vote that want to. Why a task forceRead More for studying it? That is just a huge waste of time and money (something MA government is great at). Simply walk into town hall and cast your vote same as you would for an absentee ballot. No extra cost would be incurred since the staff is already there. “Secure online voter registration” Will this website also be designed by the same Canadian company that did the rather inept and exceptionally expensive faulty redesign of our states healthcare website which by the way is full of holes. Online voting? no thanks, keep it all on paper. No such thing as a secure online anything. I fail to see any reason to allow pre-registering to vote. You can register easily enough by walking into town hall any time after 18 to register to vote and also do it through the DMV when getting a license. If they are too lazy to make a one-time walk into town hall to register, do you really think they will make that same walk a couple times a year to actually vote? For campaign finance reform, All ads I have seen say who is sponsoring them. Politicians always say that they are for reform but it never gets anywhere. If they meant what they said, and had the courage, they would take the symbolic step of voluntarily only accepting donations from PEOPLE that live in their district, not accept ANY money from corporations or unions, refuse all PAC money from lobbyists and strongly advise outside entities from running ads during the campaign. However no politician has the stones to do that so nothing will ever change. I see no valid reason why a politician that is supposed to represent the people of MA to be at a fundraiser in NYC or LA, or why an in state politician representing Springfield should be at a fundraiser in Cambridge.
Tara Dactyl January 26, 2014 at 01:01 pm
“Citizens United has allowed our elections to be flooded by ads without letting us knowRead More who’s footing the bill,” Barrett says. Too bad Barrett isn't as torqued about the half-million dollar anonymous television ad by the national teachers union that helped sway the Boston mayoral race to a former union leader.
Pat Mullen January 31, 2014 at 03:10 pm
Someone should check in on Mr. Barrett. Doctors are noting a steep rise in Pre-Cirrohtic SyndromeRead More diagnosis's and warning of the danger involved in the MSNBC apology drinking game.
Anna Bucciarelli January 13, 2014 at 02:27 pm
That judge, if what you say is true, ought to walk in the shoes of these "poor women".Read More Seems to me to be a too broad statement on his part and, besides, what has it to do with the quality of service we should expect and hope for from human service agencies? Nothing, I'll submit.
Laurie Merrigan January 29, 2014 at 06:25 pm
Robbinsfarm...i'm not a poor welfare mom but that shouldnt matter. there ARE bad apples in DCF andRead More they should be held accountable. A domestic violence specialist should not attack a woman who went to him for help that is what happened to me.
robbinsfarm January 30, 2014 at 09:21 am
post level 1 and 2 sex offenders on the internet, simple as that !!
Iron Mike November 11, 2013 at 06:39 am
Yet another piece of FEEL-GOOD legislation from Lexington's premier Socialist. Mike Barrett isn'tRead More impressed with himself – much... He authors a piece in the Patch – and quotes himself in the 3rd Person. The feel-good bill – like all liberal bills – puts the responsibility on private employers – to grant time off 'with or without pay'. Where does it grant the private employer the right to be rid of an employee who brings too many personal/family problems into the workplace – INCLUDING the ongoing threat of a violent visit by a violent spouse? If ONLY the taxpaying CITIZENS had protection from the insidious violence being wrought by socialists like Barrett!
Anna Bucciarelli November 12, 2013 at 09:54 am
I'm sort of with you on this ... I think it's a bit much to ask employers to become involved inRead More their employees' personal lives and could become a danger not only to the individual, but to the employer and other employees. It IS just a feel-good legislation and I don't understand why it should involve businesses. That said, I do understand the need to be helpful to victims of domestic violence ... just not this way.
Anna Bucciarelli August 6, 2013 at 02:42 pm
I don't know where you come by your information Bill. Providers of services (non-profits as youRead More call them) are subject to very strict auditing and it is rarely found that one is negligent in providing more than adequate services. The rate for overhead, in other words administrative costs, is 10 perc
Anna Bucciarelli August 6, 2013 at 03:04 pm
Oops ... my computer is playing games on me. To continue, admin. costs are dictated by the humanRead More service agency providing the funding and is usually 10 percent of the total contract cost, and that is no more than any Gov't. contract to my knowledge, tho I believe some military contracts can exact more, perhaps 20 percent and others as high as 25 or 30 percent, but never human services. It is pure conjecture to assume that waste is prevalent and, further, should not be assumed that the occasional newsworthy case of abuse is the norm. In the end, when it is considered how much money is spent throughout this commonwealth for so many unworthy and unviable causes, what are we talking about here? A few sheckles, a drop in the bucket ... not really all that much dollar-wise and it certainly can make a difference in the lives of those served and the servers whose salaries are despicably low in comparison to even a fast-food server.
Hieronymous Cock August 10, 2013 at 09:48 am
Oops, big layoffs and cutbacks at the Patch nationwide. Hopefully the Lexington site survives, andRead More with it Barrett's propaganda outlet.
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