Editorials

To Cut Drug Prices, Start with the Facts

March 23, 2018
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Americans are paying too much for prescription medicines. State lawmakers are fed up with Washington’s apathy towards high pharmacy bills. So they’re taking matters into their own hands and pushing forward with several bills Their proposals are well-intentioned — but they’re doomed to backfire and hurt patients. Why? The bills are based on false...
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Suffolk Downs Moving Forward

March 23, 2018
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For residents of Revere, Boston, and surrounding communities, the “potential” for the full development of Suffolk Downs has been just that — potential — for more than 30 years. Ideas for the transformation of the Suffolk Downs site have ranged from a sports megaplex (that would have housed the Patriots and the Red Sox)...
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Gov Baker Comes Through — Again

March 23, 2018
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The recent presentation by Gov. Charlie Baker of a $2 million MassWorks grant to the city marks yet another step forward toward the overhaul of the Shirley Avenue business district. Funding from the grant specifically is earmarked for infrastructure improvements that will enhance business development along Shirley Avenue, which now is part of the...
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The Suffolk Downs Master Plan Looks Promising

March 16, 2018
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The Suffolk Downs Master Plan proposal by the HYM Investment Group, the new owners of the huge site, holds enormous promise for the East Boston and Revere communities to dramatically enhance the quality of life of their 100,000 residents. The HYM proposal would transform Suffolk Downs into a 161-acre, mixed-use development that would generate...
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Let’s Not Even Think about Spring

March 16, 2018
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Spring has sprung, The grass is riz. I wonder where, The flowers is?    Springtime in eastern New England — now that’s an oxymoron if ever there was one. This Tuesday, March 20, will mark the official start of the 2018 spring season. In view of the trio of nor’easters that have pummeled us...
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Offshore Resources: Digging up the Facts

March 10, 2018
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling has set off a bipartisan uproar among politicians and pundits from coastal states. Critics paint pictures of black beaches, tar balls, and wildlife slicked with oil. They point to the damage done from the wreck of the Exxon Valdez and the...
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Is This Our New Normal?

March 10, 2018
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The intense havoc wreaked by this past weekend’s storm, coming on the heels of the storm of January that similarly brought devastation to many areas throughout the state, has left all of us wondering whether this is the new normal for our sliver of the planet. We read somewhere that both of these storms...
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Proposed HHS Rule Would Save Seniors Money

March 1, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just proposed a rule that could dramatically lower seniors’ out-of-pocket drug spending. Lobbyists for the nation’s largest “pharmacy benefits managers” are sure to fight the proposal tooth and nail. These PBMs, which effectively set drug prices for the entire country, want to continue overcharging the 42...
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Ask Rusty – Working Internationally and Social Security

March 1, 2018
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Dear Rusty: For a number of years I lived and worked in Germany.  I paid into their version of Social Security.  As far as I know I will be eligible to receive German benefits either in a lump sum or monthly amount when I reach the age of 65.  If that happens can you...
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Dan Conley Will Be Missed

March 1, 2018
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The surprise announcement by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley that he will not be seeking re-election in the fall came as a shock to his constituents in Suffolk County. For the past 16 years, Dan Conley has held what is perhaps the highest-profile job in the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. Yet despite...
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Letter to the Editor

February 21, 2018
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Just Follow the Ash Plume Dear Editor, I would like to comment on Ms. Loretta LaCentra letter of Jan. 24 on the expansion of the Wheelabrator ash landfill. Ms. Loretta LaCentra is absolutely in the right for seeking additional testing for the ash landfill. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provisional decision on Wheelabrator’s...
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Another Landmark is Gone

February 21, 2018
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The spectacular fire over the weekend that destroyed the landmark Sozio appliance store on Squire Road has removed yet another iconic business from our cityscape. For almost 70 years, Sozio’s served Revere and surrounding communities. Long before Walmart and the big-box stores arrived on the scene, the Revere Sozio’s, which was the first among...
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Thank You, Lt Gov Polito

February 21, 2018
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We wish to offer a brief, “Thank you,” to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for coming to City Hall last week to personally deliver a check for a $50,000 grant earmarked for the Revere arm of The Neighborhood Developers that will establish workforce development services in Revere to assist local residents in finding newly created...
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Ask Rusty – One Word to Get Extra Benefits in Social Security

February 15, 2018
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Dear Rusty:   I keep receiving emails from different investor groups about “The one word that will get you an extra $570 per month in Social Security”, which I could use.  Of course they want you to buy all sorts of monthly newsletters in order to get their answer.  Is there truly a way...
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What Do You Say to Your Children

February 15, 2018
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Children are sponges for knowledge and information.  They are born a virtual blank slate.  They pay attention to everything you say to them.  You are the purveyor of all knowledge.  Children can’t distinguish between when you are serious and when you say something impulsively, without thinking.  A single comment can stay with a child...
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The Future of Transportation Isn’t Just Self-Driving Cars, It’s Public Transit

February 9, 2018
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Fiat Chrysler and BMW just announced plans to jointly develop self-driving cars. The move puts the automakers in competition with Google, Apple, and other car manufacturers that are also working on driverless vehicles. The question is when, not if, this is going to be commonplace. Self-driving cars might seem to render public transportation obsolete....
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Letters to the Editor

February 9, 2018
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SEAPLANES IN REVERE A WIN-WIN Dear Editor: Amazon thinking about seaplanes in Boston Harbor in creating its new Headquarters 2, has caused quite a stir among East Boston residents and some of our elected officials( Possibility of seaplanes in harbor being touted as part of amazon bid, East Boston Times, Jan. 31). For many...
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A Deserving Appointment for Senator Boncore

February 9, 2018
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We wish to make note of the appointment of Sen. Joseph Boncore of Winthrop as the new chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee by acting Senate President Harriette Chandler. Although Sen. Boncore is only in his first full term, his appointment is recognition of the high-esteem with which he he is held by his...
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The Blizzard of ’78 Changed Revere Beach — and Our City — Forever

February 9, 2018
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For those of us who remember vividly the Blizzard of ’78, it is something that we never will forget. For four days, the city stepped backwards in time by almost a century. Our way of life that depended on the automobile ceased to exist. People just walked down Broadway or around their neighborhoods, often...
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It Was a Bad Idea Before, It’s a Terrible Idea Now

February 2, 2018
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The intense coastal blizzard of Jan. 4, 2018, devastated many communities across the state, including mine.  As I watched the storm progress, and saw the tides get higher and higher, I started receiving many calls, emails, and videos from frantic neighbors in Revere and Saugus asking me for help.  As I heard their cries...
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