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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 @ 9:40AM

How to make an illegal immigration crisis worse: S1414

I have received many emails and phone calls asking me to vote against Massachusetts Senate Bill 1414. I agree with that sentiment and here’s why: S1414 is purported to make a “technical correction” to our state laws to allow our courts to determine whether a person who is 18 to…

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 @ 3:04PM

Massachusetts House adopts gun violence bill that misses the mark

People joke that making laws is like making sausage. I suppose that it’s a relevant metaphor for much of what we do, but one would hope that the sausage turns out to be delicious and doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste. Unfortunately, in spite of House 4278, An Act Relative to…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 @ 1:35PM

Minimum wage law will pass today: Here’s why I will vote for it

Argument against a minimum wage I have often argued that the minimum wage tends to repress pay for people at the bottom of the totem pole. I would argue that, in my representative district on Cape Cod, practically no one would be working for $8 an hour if not for…

Monday, May 26th, 2014 @ 12:17AM

Troops in the Spotlight 2014

The tenth annual Troops in the Spotlight was held from noon May 25 to noon May 26, 2014. A fundraiser for Cape Cod Cares for the Troops, the size of the event has grown consistently over the years. Honored groups included Cape Cod’s fallen soldiers and their Gold Star Families;…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 @ 1:38PM

Deval Patrick’s failed leadership and why it should inform the November election

It’s déjà vu all over again, it’s déjà vu all over again, its… Leaders lead. They don’t type every word of a regulation; they don’t make every decision; they don’t shoot the bullets in a war. Leaders lead by creating a vision, building an organization, setting goals, hiring the right…

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 @ 12:07PM

Hunt adds two important addiction/treatment related amendments to House budget

Two amendments put forward by Rep. Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) relative to substance abuse/addiction were adopted as part of the FY2015 House budget deliberations this week. 1) The Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention will be codified, meaning that its current status as a governor’s ad hoc committee will change…

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 6:28PM

Governor declares public health emergency

This is great news. I applaud the efforts of the Department of Public Health and especially Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett for rising to the occasion. As a member of the Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention, I look forward to the discussions we’ll have about bringing more treatment to the…

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 @ 11:30AM

Commissioner Roche cannot end DCF crisis

The disappearance of five-year-old Jeremiah Oliver sometime between September and December 2013 touched off a crisis at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). Criticism has been non-stop, much of it waged at DCF Commissioner Olga Roche but also at our seemingly lightly engaged governor and the state’s oversight…

Monday, March 10th, 2014 @ 12:15PM

Medical marijuana dispensaries will be cash cows

Christine Legere, reporter for the Cape Cod Times, looked into security challenges that an all-cash medical marijuana dispensary will face. She outlines some of the plans that Medical Marijuana of Massachusetts, former congressman Bill Delahunt’s enterprise, has for placing armed guards in each dispensary and making home deliveries in armored trucks……

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 @ 10:32AM

Can we have our money back? Pretty please?

Similar scenarios to that which is unfolding in the Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts, are happening around the commonwealth. Every town and city is in the same boat. On January 16, 2014, the select board listened to the Department of Public Works director lay out plans for dealing with the town’s…

Friday, January 3rd, 2014 @ 2:02PM

Jerry Madden, leading the way on crime reforms

I caught up with Jerry Madden, retired Texas state representative, in Dallas on November 27, 2013 to ask him how Texas became one of the first states to pass sweeping crime and justice reforms in decades. Texas, with its reputation for locking ’em up and throwing away the key, not…

Friday, November 1st, 2013 @ 2:10PM

Letter from a recovering addict

I received this letter from a Boston attorney who has been in recovery for many years and experienced the devastation that his addiction had on his health, family and firm. Representative Hunt: Thank you for taking the time to meet with me to discuss the substance abuse problem facing us as…

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 @ 12:15PM

Finding out what’s in ObamaCare

Listening to Paul Krugman on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, you’d believe that the measure of success for ObamaCare is someone being able to log into the insurance exchange and create an account. He assures us that these glitches will be resolved. Read more…

Friday, September 13th, 2013 @ 2:21PM

Addiction and Crime – A Way Forward

Serving on the Joint Committee for Mental Health and Substance Abuse as well as the Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention has given me a view into the problem of substance abuse that few people outside of the treatment arena are afforded. Three truths I have come to realize…

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 @ 9:01PM

Sagamore Bridge traffic can be a nightmare

After maddening events such as the gridlock created on Mother’s Day in 2012 or the 25-mile July 4th weekend backup this year, every amateur traffic engineer (including myself) gets to work at solving the problem of the Sagamore Bridge. Read more…