As Deval Patrick begins his term as governor, state civic leaders and policy experts offer their advice on healthcare, transportation, crime and other issues confronting Massachusetts.
The Mass. Appeals series called on policy experts to offer the new governor advice on key state issues. Here is a sample of readers' views from postings that appeared on boston.com message boards.
(By Robert J. Haynes and William J. Tinti)
How's the labor market? If you ask most business executives or working people that question, the answer would probably be "not good." The worker would tell you about how hard it is to find a job that pays a living wage, and the employer would talk about how difficult it is to find workers with the skills his business needs.
(By Stuart H. Altman)
As Governor-elect Deval Patrick and his new team contemplate a legislative strategy, reducing the cost of private health insurance for Massachusetts's employers and employees should be high on the list of priorities. Comprehensive family coverage in this state often exceeds $12,000 per year.
(By David Tebaldi)
Deval Patrick deserves commendation for making civic engagement a centerpiece of his candidacy -- and for practicing what he preaches by convening 15 working groups that organized public hearings on critical issues during his transition.
(By Mary Kelley and Martha Barry McKenna)
During his election campaign, Governor-elect Deval Patrick spoke of innovation as the engine of growth in the state's economy, and the need for continued innovation in school reform. As he prepares to take office, Patrick has a unique opportunity to create a vital nexus between these two goals by developing a more comprehensive policy to support Massachusetts' creative economy.
Recent Mass. Appeals columns:
ANNE CARRABINO AND NIKKI FLIONIS: What to do about youth violence (Boston Globe, 12/27/06)
JIM STERGIOS: Remember the urban children (Boston Globe, 12/26/06)
ROCÍO SÁENZ: Protect the rights of immigrants (Boston Globe, 12/22/06)
ANTHONY FLINT: Agencies working together (Boston Globe, 12/19/06)
PETER GAGLIARDI: Reviving run-down areas (Boston Globe, 12/18/06)
JOSEPH KRIESBERG: Creating communities (Boston Globe, 12/14/06)
EDWARD L. GLAESER: Free roads are anything but free (Boston Globe, 12/11/06)
REINSTEIN AND AMBROSINO: Patrick should rage for the machines (Boston Globe, 12/7/06)
CHARLES D. BAKER: Making healthcare reform work (Boston Globe, 12/4/06)
More Globe Op-ed political commentary:
GLOBE EDITORIAL: 'Let's reach for that' ()
CHARLES FRIED: Patrick's 'oath' ()
SCOT LEHIGH: Change and challenges ()
DERRICK Z. JACKSON: Black 'saints' cannot deliver whites from racial inertia (Boston Globe, 12/23/06)
GLOBE EDITORIAL: Patrick's party (Boston Globe, 12/12/06)
JOAN VENNOCHI: Hope and cynicism collide (By Joan Vennochi, 12/14/06)
NICHOLAS RETSINAS: Housing on the wish list (Boston Globe, 12/6/06)
STEVEN A. CAMAROTA: Romney, the consumer (Boston Globe, 12/6/06)
GLOBE EDITORIAL: The wrong man for the job (Boston Globe, 12/5/06)
JOAN VENNOCHI: Beacon Hill honeymooners (Boston Globe, 11/16/06)
GLOBE EDITORIAL: Patrick's talent pool (Boston Globe, 11/12/06)
W. DAVID STEPHENSON: A Web strategy for better state government (Boston Globe, 11/11/06)