Thursday, August 15, 2019

Seniors Face Big Decisions by Steven A. Levy

High School seniors who are barely adults have to make some serious financial decisions. College degrees do not guarantee a happy financial future. These decisions can burden young people with a mountain of debt. There are many forces at work urging students to make decisions that will limit their life options. Things like owning a home, getting married and having children become hard when all your spare money is used to pay school loans.

When I entered senior year in 1964, life in some ways was simpler. There was the Draft. But, compared to what students face today it was easy. Out of 450 graduates in my high school class, only about 50 went to college. Many of my friends went to work for Automotive. They would say to me "Why work so hard to get a degree in engineering. We will make more assembling cars." Things have changed. Many of those jobs no longer exist. Automation has eliminated them. Automation will eliminate more good jobs in the future.

What you do and where you live is important. If you want to maintain suburban homes, the Northshore, might be good. If you want to be a TV producer, NYC would be a better choice. Housing is more expensive than it was in the middle of the 20th century. What you do and what you can afford becomes a challenging two sided question. A four year degree might not be necessary to get your first good job. It is possible to finish in night school while you work. Living at home may sound awful, but think how you will feel paying for your "exciting college years" for decades after you graduate.

Education can be very helpful. It does not guarantee success. Before making life altering financial commitments, think it over. Get some advice from people who have made both good and bad financial decisions. Everyone likes a good listener.

Steven A. Levy; (781) 771-2779;, 26 Sagamore Road, Marblehead, MA. 
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Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Solution to the Traffic Problem

Boston Globe Article "Traffic congestion has reached a ‘tipping point’ in Massachusetts, state officials say" By Kellen Browning and Emily Sweeney.

If  you were a Martian what would you say looking at our congestion problem? Why do you need a  3,000 pound vehicle to move one 135 pound human? Why is there only one person in the car? Why is everyone going to work at the same time? If you worked together you could easily solve this problem. What is stopping you? What's more important, your community or your own needs? To solve this problem, we all must put community needs ahead of our own.

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Pioneer Institute, Kochs and Charlie Baker
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
PI is a "partner organization" in the Charles Koch Institute's Liberty@Work program.
Former PI Executive Director Charlie Baker Takes Office as Governor of Massachusetts.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Politically-Driven, Koch-Backed Campaign to Undermine Boston Transit

The Politically-Driven, Koch-Backed Campaign to Undermine Boston Transit"MBTA has its flaws, the charges against it don’t stem from a good government campaign so much as an ideologically-driven assault, filled with exaggerations and lies and backed by groups affiliated with the Koch brothers"

Transportation for Massachusetts

Transportation for Massachusetts

  • diverse coalition of more than 70 member and partner organizations with a stake in improving transportation across the Commonwealth. 
  • advocates at the state, federal, and local levels for transportation 
  • policies that are innovative, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. 
  • We want a transportation system that strengthens our economy and our communities, 
  • safer, healthier, more affordable and reliable.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Gov. Baker was an executive director of PI

Former PI Executive Director Charlie Baker Takes Office as Governor of Massachusetts

On January 8, 2015, Charlie Baker (R) was inaugurated as Governor of the state of Massachusetts.[11] Gov. Baker was an executive director of PI for many years and the organization highlighted this on its website on the day he assumed office, "Our confidence stems in part from the fact that the new Governor was one of this organization’s first executive directors, and played a role in a number of research initiatives since that time. Our founder, the late Lovett C. “Pete” Peters, is surely smiling down on today’s Inauguration with a great deal of pride."[11]
Well that's pretty obvious.

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