About Me: Retired business dean, professor and church development officer. Married, three children, six grandchildren.
Comment on: o grace in virtual communion - Opinion - The Boston Globe
Posted 11/29/2013 08:53:40 EST
Loved the editorial, and know that it was my gt. gt. grandfather, James Russell Lowell who wrote "Once to Every Man and Nation..." Gets dragged out at all descendents funerals.
Comment on: Ex-Brandeis president Reinharz landed college jobs with big pay, few responsibilities - Metro - The Boston Globe
Posted 11/17/2013 11:16:02 EST
When I rotated out as dean of a medium sized business school, I had pre-arranged a salary of 75% of my dean's salary as a full professor at the time I stepped down. People thought this was unusual, more »
Comment on: Mass. student opposes punishment for aiding friend - News Local Massachusetts - Boston.com
Posted 10/15/2013 01:51:34 EDT
Sadly the weakest performing students end up with degrees in education, as opposed to the sciences or engineering. This sort of decision is what I would expect from someone who goes by the letter of more »
Comment on: Pope Francis says Catholic Church has become unduly obsessed with contemningcondemning abortion and gay marriage - World - The Boston Globe
Posted 09/20/2013 08:32:10 EDT
A breath of fresh air, again! Looking down the road, it will be interesting to see who he appoints as bishop for the varous open dioceses. The way one used to get ahead in the Catholic Church was to more »
Comment on: 'Congress passes student loans, highway jobs bill'
Posted 06/29/2012 09:04:13 EDT
It's about time they worked together. more »
Comment on: 'Millionaires from Mass. join call to raise their tax rates'
Posted 04/16/2012 01:21:58 EDT
I fully support the Buffett rule. Symbolism is important, even if raising taxes on millionaires doesn't completely solve the deficit problem. Problem is, that Obama can't live up to his promises--we a more »
Comment on: 'Authors defend report blaming clergy sex abuse on culture of era'
Posted 05/19/2011 07:31:06 EDT
To blame the culture of permissiveness is an easy excuse for bad behavior. In the 50s we took responsibility for our own actions, and didn't blame the culture, inadequate toilet training or our parent more »
Comment on: The true history of the Koran in America - The Boston Globe
Posted 09/12/2010 05:49:21 EDT
This is a great article, and if one looks at the history of Christianity, it has gone through periods of strength and vitality, and periods of corruption--all denominations. Power goes to the heads of more »
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Posted 04/16/2010 03:17:24 EDT
Besides Frank McLaughlin's comments, which I agree with, how about an analysis of all of the financial support the 4 larger universities provide Boston? Additionally, some of the language that McGrory more »
Comment on: 'Piercing a papal shroud'
Posted 04/13/2010 12:20:04 EDT
Jesus spent his public ministry trying to get his community to be faithful, even if it meant upsetting the institution(s)(Pharisees, Sadduccees). More than occasionally, being faithful really means co more »
Posted 04/13/2010 09:49:38 EDT
Father Scahill understands what will turn the Vatican situation around: First, define "the church" as the "blessed company of all faithful people", not just the clergy or the hierarchy. Second, when l more »
Comment on: Donât look to Rome for the true Catholic voices - The Boston Globe
Posted 04/09/2010 05:13:55 EDT
This is a very good, if slightly dramatized op-ed piece. Two things will create change in the Catholic church. One is the withholding of finances, and second is having lay people find their voice and more »
Comment on: Rescue Catholicism from Vatican - The Boston Globe
Posted 04/05/2010 07:29:02 EDT
Sexual crimes are as much of a "helping profession" problem as they are a church problem--and all of the religious institutions have had bad actors in them; it is not limited to the Catholic church. W more »
Comment on: 'Anglican leader: Irish church lost all credibility'
Posted 04/03/2010 08:54:39 EDT
If one church reigned supreme, all kinds of things would be swept under the rug. Luther enabled the Western Roman Catholic Church to emerge as a less corrupt institution. The Archbishop of Canterbury' more »
Posted 04/03/2010 08:52:27 EDT
Comment on: 'More steps may be needed on economy: Geithner'
Posted 08/02/2009 01:45:04 EDT
At one point, it seems as though Obama will raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000--or at least won't veto a bill that congress may pass that has a lower threshold. I would give them about 3 more »
Comment on: 'Scandals cast shadow on state Democrats'
Posted 06/07/2009 11:37:56 EDT
In my life time (I'm 70), Massachusetts has had the choice between a Democratic party that seems to have more than its share of corruption, and a Republican party that much of the time seems to be out more »
Comment on: The%20tax%20no%20one%20wants%20to%20talk%20about
Posted 05/17/2009 10:55:18 EDT
What the legislators advocate, I also advocate. Massachusetts needs a progressive income tax, perhaps a piggy back tax on top of the Federal tax (so you don't have to figure out two sets of taxes). It more »
Comment on: 'Wayland Town Center project may be abandoned'
Posted 04/25/2009 07:37:22 EDT
Why am I not surprised? We lived in Wayland from '69-'78, and although the players were different, the culture was the same. Like the town we now live in in Maine, everyone has to have his/her oar in more »
Comment on: 'High-achieving Harvard students get low-down on failure'
Posted 04/21/2009 11:39:35 EDT
Failure is one of life's great learning experiences. Succeeding all the time, unfortunately, is not.Yale '61 more »
Comment on: 'Sides dig in on sales tax hike'
Posted 04/18/2009 08:59:24 EDT
Massachusetts would do well to adopt a piggy-back tax, keyed to the federal tax. First it would have to pass a progressive tax amendment for the Mass constitution, then tax whatever %age of the federa more »
Comment on: Democrats%20still%20ducking%20on%20guns%20and%20gays
Posted 04/18/2009 03:40:36 EDT
I expect that Obama will keep his promise on both issues, but not until they are winnable in Congress. This is where leadership comes in. Remember when Bush tried to privatize social security? It ende more »
Comment on: Virginia%20Deknatel%2C%20collector%20of%20art%2C%20museum%20benefactor
Posted 04/18/2009 11:02:18 EDT
Knew her slightly, knew her children with whom I went to grammar school and high school. She was the real thing and someone people could depend on. My mother ended up being a "Cambridge widow", and sa more »
Comment on: 'First family's search for church draws scrutiny'
Posted 04/12/2009 12:10:08 EDT
I agree with Ennui. In a very public person, one's religious preference matters only because of the "lens" he or she views the world through. What is going on in the Washington churches that have been more »
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