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A complete archive of opinions and analysis from
the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities

  

2010-04-07

The Truth about Casinos and Slot Machines
  

Casino and Slots Fact Sheet, compiled from Stop Predatory Gambling and United to Stop Slots

  

2010-03-11

Act now to eliminate private-benefit eminent domain
  

Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that has taken no action to restrain eminent domain after the Supreme Court’s 2005 Kelo decision finding eminent domain for private use constitutional. It seems self-evident that forcibly taking property from one owner and giving it to another for financial gain is unfair — even un-American. Yet our legislature seems reluctant to take up the Court’s suggestion that states may enact their own restrictions.

  

2010-03-11

Small Is Beautiful: Help promote small-plot farming in MA
  

The State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will soon make a decision on H715, the Small Plot Farming bill. Background information about the bill appears below. A hearing was held last June. Both the Mass Farm Bureau and the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources support the bill.

  

2010-02-23

The Speech President Obama Should Deliver… But Won’t
  

David Korten’s book Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth outlines an agenda to bring into being a new economy—locally based, community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all, not simply increasing profits. In this special excerpt, Korten summarizes his version of the economic address to the nation he wishes Barack Obama were able to deliver.

  

2009-05-28

Paul Hawken to the Graduates of 2009: This is your century
  

Paul Hawken to the Graduates of 2009: This is your century

  

2009-04-10

Democratizing Finance
  

Democratizing Finance

  

2009-02-06

Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency
  

Friends of the Earth report, reviewed by John Andrews

  

2008-12-03

Testimony to the Governor’s Task Force on Public Integr
  

by Shirley Kressel

  

2007-11-01

Relocalize: Balance Your World
  

Relocalize: Balance Your World

  

2007-03-29

Governor’s tilt toward real estate industry unnerves a forme
  

Governor’s tilt toward real estate industry unnerves a former supporter.

  

2005-03-20

Chapter 40B : Overview of a Failed Policy
  

The state law that is supposed to promote affordable housing isn’t getting the job done. What are we doing wrong?

  

2005-01-03

How the budget deficit can be solved
  



  

2005-01-01

FAQ
  

Frequently Asked Questions About Outside Section 548

  

2005-01-01

SECTION 548
  

SECTION 548 Outside Section to the FY04 Massachusetts State Budget

  

2005-01-01

Background on Outside Section 548
  

The Fate of Our Land

  

2004-12-23

Legislature’s Budget is Unwise and Unfair
  

MCHC’s response to the House budget

  

2003-12-31

A crisis in values, too
  

Boston Globe Op-Ed on the budget crisis

  

2003-11-03

Expanded Gambling: Think Twice
  

Are slot machines compatible with healthy communities?

  

2003-10-06

Action Against Homelessness
  

A homeless man from Boston tells how he decided to get active to improve things.

  

2003-09-18

Report from the Classroom
  

Students are back. But not all their teachers.

  

2003-08-23

Fair Taxes for All
  

Beware the fake citizen groups pushing tax cuts for the wealthy

  

2003-07-23

Remarks from the Statehouse 18 Rally
  

Remarks by speakers at the State House rally

  

2003-07-19

Campaign Donations Sway Votes
  

Votes and money are correlated in Congress

  

2003-07-10

Let’s Treat Workers Right!
  

When businesses cut employee benefits, we all suffer.

  

2003-07-05

Romney’s Vetoes Target Our Communities
  

What Romney chose to veto reveals his values.

  

2003-07-01

What the Cuts to Mental Health Mean
  

Personal observations on an impending human tragedy

  

2003-06-25

Speeches from the June 25 Rally
  

Remarks of Giovanna Negretti, David Noiles, and Peter Knowlton

  

2003-06-19

Handout for millionaires
  

In Congress, more tax breaks for the super-rich

  

2003-06-04

National Health Care (Anne Feeney Sings)
  

A song to honor Health Care Action Day (June 5)

  

2003-05-24

>>>> UNDERSTANDING TAXES <<<<
  

What’s wrong with our tax system? How can we fix it?

  

2003-05-23

State leaders not doing the job
  

Op-ed from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette

  

2003-05-06

>>>> OUR MAILBAG <<<<
  

Letters to the Editor, Reader’s Thoughts

  

2003-05-01

Are Taxes Good for the Economy?
  

Nobel-prize winning economist explains why cutting spending hurts the economy, and raising taxes is preferable.

  

2003-04-30

What is a healthy community?
  

What is your vision of a “healthy community”?

  

2003-04-28

The Fair Tax Solution
  

How fair taxes can solve the budget crisis.

  

2003-04-02

IRS Losing Battle with Tax Cheaters
  

Billions go uncollected while Congress looks the other way.

  

2003-03-27

Shaking down the blind
  

Do we have to hike fees for the blind and handicapped?

  

2003-03-18

GMO’s, the Path to Ruin
  

Basing our economy on GMO’s is a dead end.

  

2003-02-12

Study reveals an unfair tax system
  

Poor paying more than the rich in Massachusetts

  

2003-02-04

Understanding the Budget Debate
  

Some Q&A;’s on the budget process

  

2003-02-02

ISSUES – Legalized Gambling
  

Resources and quotes

  

2003-01-24

A good tax system
  

What would it look like?

  

2003-01-21

How do our taxes compare?
  

How do taxes in Massachusetts compare to other states?

  

2003-01-15

Corporate Taxes Dropping
  

As corporations pay less, average taxpayers pick up the tab

  

2003-01-10

What created the budget crisis?
  

Guest Opinion

  

2003-01-02

ISSUE: Health Care
  

Issues page for health care.

  

2002-01-10

ISSUE: Budget Cuts
  

Impacts of FY04 Budget Cuts


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