New Bedford Must Be Unified to Solve its Educational Issues

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The educational attainment of our citizens impacts every issue in our City.  All quality of life issues are tied to educational attainment. Future neighborhood stability, crime rates, economic development and the very health of our citizens are all dependent upon each of our children having the opportunity to receive an excellent education.  Everyone in New […] Read more »

Mothball the fleet and save the fishing families

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The human crisis in the ground fishing industry is a real crisis. It is not contrived, it is not looming, it is not a threat; it is here. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the New England Fisheries Management Council (NEFMC) have all realized, and admitted, that […] Read more »

Strong local media is the key to informed citizens

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Engaged citizens require reliable, quality local media institutions. Our area has been fortunate to have a locally oriented newspaper, The Standard-Times. Say what you will about its news coverage, or its Opinion Page, from accolades to criticism, our local newspaper is the life blood of the region’s participatory democracy, and helps establish our region’s agenda. […] Read more »

Governor’s Regulatory Reform Will Create a Strong Economic Future

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Appropriate, and carefully drafted government regulations create necessary parameters in all facets of our complex society.  Unfortunately, in many instances, regulations which are archaic, or not well-grounded, stunt economic development opportunities, resulting in job loss, and thwart new growth potential for our communities.  Fortunately though, business owners voice their specific concerns about onerous regulations, and […] Read more »

New Bedford’s Casino Prospects

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New Bedford has long been considered as a potential host site for a destination casino in southeastern Massachusetts. With the passage and signing of the casino bill into law in November, the possibility has become increasingly real. In New Bedford, we have two developers who have secured options on parcels on which a casino could […] Read more »

Time to Build the Commuter Rail

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For over thirty years, New Bedford has waited for the train- a commuter rail line that will link the city, along with Fall River, to Boston. Right now, we have a Governor who is a true friend of New Bedford. In fact, Governor Deval Patrick committed in 2007 that commuter rail service would run from […] Read more »

Using Public/Private Partnerships to Reduce our Carbon Footprint

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By Scott W. Lang Mayor of New Bedford, Mass. Energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly popular way for political leaders and local governments to find innovative solutions to deal with the impacts of global warming, rising energy costs and dwindling resources. But localities cannot do this on their own. Teaming up with partners in the […] Read more »

Out of reach ~ 3,000 denied diplomas because of MCAS

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June 8, 2010 (Published in The Boston Globe) PUBLIC HIGH school students across the state continue to suffer the collateral damage from MCAS. Almost 3,000 seniors will not graduate this month because they did not pass the science section of the test, a new hurdle imposed this year that students must pass, in addition to […] Read more »

Ed reform must move beyond MCAS

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This article first appeared in CommonWealth Magazine As Mayor of New Bedford, I rely upon the entire community to work together to move our city forward. So it alarms me to watch New Bedford’s best resources, our promising young people, deprived of an opportunity to fully participate in our society. The young people to whom […] Read more »