OH MY GOD!
Friday, September 23, 2011
Yes, that was my reaction when I read the small editorial
in this morning’s Boston Globe
about a small Catholic university in Pennsylvania rescinding its invitation to syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman
to lecture on campus because of her support for abortion rights. Ironically, Goodman, a former Globe
columnist, was planning to speak about civility, not abortion.
“After careful consideration, the university feels that the body of your work has reflected statements that are not in close enough alignment with some Catholic teachings and with the values and mission of the university as required for an event of this stature,” Saint Francis University Provost Wayne Powell
wrote to Goodman.
The Cardinal Newman Society, which alerted Saint Francis to Goodman’s past transgressions, praised the college
, calling the disinvite “a courageous step in favor of its Catholic identity.” Goodman’s reaction? “Imagine my disappointment at having my plea for civility returned with a pie in the face,” she said.Michael Sean Winters
in the National Catholic Reporter
, said he personally wouldn’t pay two cents to hear Goodman speak, but he wouldn’t stop her from speaking. “The folks at the Cardinal Newman Society would prefer Catholic colleges that never invite anyone who disagrees with anything the church teaches, which is to say they see universities not as places where knowledge is acquired but as places where propaganda is disseminated,” he wrote.
A blogger on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
website said the university’s action was Taliban-like
. “The handmaiden of civility is a sophisticated tolerance of others,” he wrote. “It is, after all, easy to be civil with those we agree with – the civilized trick is to tolerate people who do not share our views.” --BRUCE MOHL BEACON HILL
A federal grand jury in Worcester is looking into the Probation Department hiring scandal
, CommonWealth reports
. Among those who have been called to appear before the panel, according to a source: former House speaker Tom Finneran
and Kathleen Petrolati
, a Probation Department employee and the wife of Ludlow state Rep. Tom Petrolati
Casino legislation will pour a huge amount of money
into programs to treat the gambling addiction problems
that the arrival of casinos and slots would create.
Pillow fight? Dorchester Reporter
managing editor Bill Forry says
casino legislation must be amended to allow for a citywide vote on the siting of any casino in a municipality. The editorial comes a week after Forry’s wife, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry
, was one of 10 Boston legislators
who voted for the bill despite its provision limiting local approval in larger cities to residents of the ward where a casino is being proposed.
The Berkshire Eagle editorializes
in favor of stronger public records laws.USA Today analyzes
how state lawmakers pump up their pensions.
A federal judge tosses
a lawsuit brought by Rep. Steve Howitt
’s former police chief. MUNICIPAL MATTERS
A simmering battle is brewing between Boston
with state Rep. Bruce Ayers filing a bill for the state to close the Moon Island causeway
, a dilapidated bridge that is the only road running from the Squantum section of Quincy to Boston-owned Long Island.
The Methuen City Council
approved a plan to borrow $2.3 million to purchase new public safety vehicles and related equipment. The borrowing will cost the city $873,850 in interest over the life of the loan, the Eagle-Tribune reports
Thievery at Boston community gardens
is on the rise, the Globe reports
.NATIONAL POLITICS/WASHINGTONA report on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps
finds one in five alumni have worked primarily in the nonprofit sector since returning from their service and 58 percent say they volunteer “a great deal” in their community. Via Chronicle of Philanthropy
The New York Times
looks at the missed warning signs
of turmoil at Solyndra
, aka America’s Evergreen Solar
House Speaker John Boehner regrets
allowing his members to think for themselves.ELECTION 2012Romney
and Perry pummel away
, each citing the other’s book as flip-flop charges fly in both directions
. Slate dubs
former New Mexico
Gov. Gary Johnson
the night’s unlikeliest star. The Atlantic says
the debate continued to show a subtle shift in momentum, from Perry to Romney.
US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
of Michigan has withdrawn
from the Republican presidential race and endorsed Romney. Umm, OK then.
You don’t think Democratic state Rep. Tom Conroy
has a prayer in the US Senate race? He wants to have a word with you
on Blue Mass Group.National Review
editor Rich Lowry calls Elizabeth Warren
the “Left’s great populist hope now that John Edwards has retired from the field,” and takes her to task for echoing President Obama
’s plan to tax the rich. Paul Krugman
lifts the class warfare accusation from Warren, and ties it to US Rep. Paul Ryan
The Berkshire Eagle interviews Alan Khazei
, who claims that it is too early to label Elizabeth Warren
a frontrunner. State Senate President Therese Murray
tells the Herald
she can’t decide
which Warren - Elizabeth or Setti
- to back. Rick Santorum
is looking to Google
to fix his search engine problem, but the company isn’t budging
A federal report on the first year of the controversial sector management
of the fishing industry found groundfish landings and revenues were down
as were job opportunities for crew members.BUSINESS/ECONOMY
Another brutal day
on Wall Street -- and on exchanges worldwide.
H-P sacks another CEO and replaces him with Meg Whitman
, the former CEO of eBay and unsuccessful candidate for governor of California, The Daily Beast reports
Standing on the Weymouth
side of the “temporary” Fore River Bridge
built nine years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick urged support of President Obama’s jobs bill
which would provide 80 percent of the $285 million cost for a permanent structure and widening of the channel.
The MetroWest Daily News rounds up
opinions from local economic experts about what to expect out of the Congressional supercommittee
charged with cutting the deficit.EDUCATION
school bus driver was fired after failing to see a sleeping kindergartner
and leaving the bus after dropping students off at school.
Initial tests at Fall River’s Talbot Middle School
, closed down after PCB
s were found in window caulking, found exposure levels of the chemical far below the maximum
allowed under EPA
President Obama plans to waive key elements of the No Child Left Behind law
if states adopt certain education reforms he favors, the Washington Post reports
The Cape Cod Times talks to
Cape school superintendents about the No Child Left Behind Act
, and finds support for the parts of the law that raise standards, but criticism for the way it measures school performance.HEALTH CAREWBUR’s CommonHealth blog reports
that at least 23 hospitals are facing financial penalties because they are readmitting too many patients for problems that could have been prevented.TRANSPORTATION
The CEO of Jet Blue
, which is already the dominant carrier at Logan Airport, says
the airline is eyeing Providence
and possibly Worcester
as it expands routes.
No more free ride
for T workers and retirees?ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT A state board voted against
letting the owners of a proposed Brockton
power plant use 2 million gallons of the city’s water a day for the plant’s cooling stacks, a move that could kill the project.
The Lowell City Council
considers a sharp increase in the fine for illegal dumping of furniture and other items on city streets, the Lowell Sun reports
After backing off an ambitious effort to regulate ozone
, the EPA settles on enforcing
a Bush-era ozone standard. Business lobbies remain unhappy. CRIMINAL JUSTICE
A Wayland man was arraigned
on motor vehicle homicide charges yesterday following the death of the state trooper he hit when driving drunk 8 years ago.
A North Andover man
is sentenced to 14 years in state custody after pleading guilty to stabbing his psychotherapist to death in 2008, the Eagle-Tribune reports
A man arrested by Boston police
for recording them with his cellphone making an arrest talks with Greater Boston
about his civil rights lawsuit
against the city and challenge of the statute.COMMUNAL ANGST Keller@Large
has one word of advice for stressed-out Red Sox
fans: chill. Easy for him to say
.MEDIAJacob Weisberg, writing
says he doesn’t believe the reporting in Ron Suskind’s
book Confidence Men.
“There’s no journalist who sets off my bullshit alarm like Ron Suskind,” he says.