Author Archive | Melissa Tingley

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The Lessons of Boston Mayor Tom Menino

Boston’s longest serving mayor, Tom Menino, died last week at the age of 71. Menino was mayor of the city for 20 years before health problems forced him to decline another run. Though clearly disappointed, he remained active and involved until just a week before his death. His passing, so soon after he announced he […]

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It’s Time to Stop Answering the “Balance” Questions

It’s becoming routine. Another media figure has asked another high-profile woman that question that no man is ever asked. Can you balance the demands of your career with being a good mother? The latest is Matt Lauer claiming to want to “tread lightly” with Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Clearly he knows these questions […]

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Scott Brown Goes to Iowa. Wait, What?

You remember Scott Brown, right? He stunned the country a couple of years ago by beating Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley for the “people’s seat” held for more than 40 years by Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell hailed him as “41,” the key to Republican obstructionism, and their great hope for […]

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Spitzer, Weiner, and the Privilege of Second Chances

The return of former U. S. Representative Anthony Weiner and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to the political spotlight in New York City is sure to keep tabloid writers and comedians busy for the next several months. The punster in me is loving this (“Anthony Mayor Weiner,” “Eliot’s Mess,” I could go on all […]

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Michele Bachmann’s Bizzare and Dangerous Legacy

When you pay as much attention to politics as I do, you know that not a week goes by without some elected official, national candidate, or one of their staff members making some outlandish statement that shocks us, embarrasses us, or at least has us spewing coffee all over our keyboards. It’s only gotten worse, […]

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The Spirit of Boston

The neighborhood where I work is now a crime scene. I wasn’t even in the city on Monday because our office is so close to the finish line of the marathon that the company gives us the day off. I’ve walked the stretch of Boylston Street, where the bombs went off, countless times. I’ve shopped […]

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Romney, We Hardly Knew Ye

  It’s not a surprise that Mitt Romney will not win his “home” state of Massachusetts. He was the last of a long string of Republican governors here who took the job with an eye on the next big thing. Like those before him, he started out as a relative moderate and gradually sharpened his […]

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