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National buzz on Newton's 'civic virtue'

Posted by smaas March 28, 2007 01:32 PM

NEWTON

A recent Boston Globe story about a plan in Newton that would give legal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections caught the eye of the New Republic blog "The Spine."

The magazine's editor-in-chief, Marty Peretz, notes in a March 2 entry that voting is a "primary expression of citizenship" and says he doesn't like the idea of giving that power to non-naturalized residents.

"This is another instance of the devaluing of civic virtue," Peretz wrote. "You can see this is the next step in the fight against the American nation."

-- Megan Woolhouse

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