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One newspaper page offers a clinic on ineffective state government

The Massachusetts State House and demonstrators who gathered outside were reflected on a car that was part of a caravan of other protesters in December 2022.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

For all the energy expended on politics in this Commonwealth, we seem to get relatively unimpressive government. See, for example, a pair of stories on the front page of the Nov. 30 Metro section (“Officials vow, once again, to fix Morrissey Boulevard” and “With much still on hold, Legislature dallies”).

Adequate roads have been a government responsibility at least since the Roman Empire. Another commission meeting to discuss Morrissey Boulevard doesn’t make me optimistic that travel in Dorchester will rise to Roman standards any time soon.

Similarly, a state Senate spokesperson is “confident we will have a productive 2024 as we continue to address the most pressing issues before us.” Is that confidence shared by those who need action on these pressing issues, not just the continued “addressing” of them?


Another story on the same page (“YMCA opens doors to migrants”) stood in contrast. Faced with an acute problem and a plausible solution, David Shapiro, president of YMCA of Greater Boston, said, “We’re just doing it,” and families who would be on the street now have a safe place to be.

No one wants an impulsive government — we’ve seen what that can be like — but perhaps a little less talk and a little more action?

Tom Elliott