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The Mayflower Compact and the seeds of American democracy

November 21, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

DRIVEN FAR OFF COURSE by gales and rough seas as they crossed the Atlantic in the fall of 1620, the Mayflower's 102 passengers made landfall at a spot much farther north than they had planned. They anchored at the tip of Cape Cod in what is now Provincetown, hundreds of miles from the Virginia territory they'd been aiming for — and well beyond the jurisdiction of the Virginia Company of London, which had issued the patent authorizing them to build a settlement. It was a setback, but not enough to weaken the resolve of the ship's Protestant Separatists, who had come to America to create a community true to their religious beliefs and who would stick together no matter what.

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Trump is wrong on terror and the green-card lottery

November 5, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

WHEN A FIREARM is used in a terrible killing or terrorism, the reaction on the left is invariably an emotional attack on America's gun culture. With visceral predictability, liberals cry out for lawmakers to ban more weapons, block more buyers, or otherwise "make it stop."

But when an immigrant is involved in a terrible killing or terrorism, the Pavlovian reaction comes from the right. Conservative Republicans slam America's immigrant culture, insisting furiously that immigration leads to terror, demanding that refugees be barred, or decrying the failure to deport more aliens.

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Tolls on the highways? Repeal the gas tax first

November 1, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

All-electronic tolling came to the Massachusetts Turnpike late last fall, liberating drivers at long last – at very long last – from the hassle of toll booths and collectors.

In a column 16 years ago, I explained what toll collection could be like if only Massachusetts would modernize its system. "As cars enter and exit the highway, they'll pass under a span that will communicate with the transponder on their windshield and automatically assess the applicable toll," I wrote. That wasn't far-seeing clairvoyance, much as I wish I could claim otherwise. It was merely description: Such a system was already in place on Ontario's Highway 407.

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Life is annoying. Don't make it worse

October 29, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

I WAS HEADING home on the T the other day, gazing out of the window as the Green Line train pulled into Longwood. Across the tracks sat a young woman, presumably waiting for the next inbound train, which was 15 minutes away. As I watched, she reached into her handbag and took out what looked like a large sandwich wrapped in wax paper. She pulled off the wrapping, took a bite, and casually tossed the wax paper behind the bench on which she was sitting.

There was a trash barrel less than 3 feet away. She never glanced at it.

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Spain clamors for a 'two-state solution' — but not in Catalonia

October 25, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

IN AN Oct. 1 referendum, the people of Catalonia voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Spain, the nation that has occupied their homeland for generations. Madrid did everything it could to prevent Catalonia from legitimizing its quest for independence by ballot, including sending thousands of troops to block polling places. In the ensuing violence, voters were beaten with clubs, dragged by their hair, and shot with rubber bullets. Nearly 900 civilians were treated for injuries.

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