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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…

Friday, July 5th, 2013 @ 9:06PM

Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts; driving while on the phone is not

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), consumer fireworks in 2011 caused 17,800 fires in the United States which “resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths.” Two things stand out in this factoid: 1) Like guns, cars and kitchen knives, fireworks generally do not injure or kill people…

Monday, May 27th, 2013 @ 9:10PM

2013 Town of Sandwich Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration

I was pleased to be asked by the American Legion to speak at this year’s Memorial Day Parade and Commemoration. It was a perfect weather day and we had a great turn out. Fred Sozio, Korean War Veteran, was the parade marshal. He received a long and loud applause when…

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 @ 9:13PM

Private sales of firearms in Massachusetts are closely regulated

The common perception about private sales of firearms in Massachusetts is that they skirt around the requirement to have a background check. Most people believe there is no control over these transactions, resulting in the often misunderstood “gun show loophole.” First of all, the lion’s share of sales at gun…

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 @ 12:20PM

Drilling down to the true motivation

Let’s conjecture about two neighboring states, Vermont and Massachusetts, that have populations which consume a common product, maple syrup. Vermont is king of maple syrup in the United States, producing far more than its residents can eat (drink?). In fact, more than one million gallons are output annually, from single-owner…