JOAN VENNOCHI

With Wynn casino license award, gaming commission actions deserve scrutiny

Did the gaming commission violate state law in granting a casino license to Steve Wynn?

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Allow young offenders a clean slate

The stigma of a criminal record — even for a nonviolent offense — can fester long into adulthood.

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Overzealous US-Canada border security hurts both countries

Since 9/11, the 5,525-mile-long border has been transformed from the world’s friendliest to a high security zone.

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Police departments don’t need military equipment

Imposing some order on the system is a reasonable way to reset the process.

National Grid sees only a limited role for LNG

“There’s a limited role for imported LNG to offset price spikes, but it’s no panacea.” — Marcy Reed

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Old rule against Senate-written tax legislation is without purpose

When originally written in the late 1700s, the state constitution envisioned the House and Senate working much differently than they do today.

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Mass. Senate’s budget brings relief for working poor into sight

The chamber and Senate President Stan Rosenberg deserve credit for taking up the governor’s challenge.

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NOAA’s unfunded mandate hurts fishermen

If the agency truly cannot handle the cost of at-sea monitors, it should instead bolster dockside monitoring.

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Public records law subverted by high fees

Bureaucrats are interpreting the law in the most prohibitive way possible.

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Boston’s state senators should get behind MBTA reforms

The city’s delegation needs to speak up for their constituents as the Senate emerges as a key battleground.

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Back off on Faneuil Hall street performer fees

The property’s management should recognize that asking unsalaried artists to pay to perform strikes many as a shakedown.

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Boston’s tourism services need an Olympic upgrade

The city’s tourism industry has fallen behind in some respects, a victim of its own success.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentence delays the closure Boston deserves

Federal death sentences lead to endless legal appeals, which will afford Tsarnaev a platform for years to come.

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Boston’s housing woes should spur Olympic effort on Fairmount Line

Since 1987, the 9.2-mile corridor has broken the hearts of a generation of urban planners.

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Mitch McConnell’s lopsided leadership legacy

The Kentucky Republican’s period of delay and obstruction is the larger part of his record as a top Senate leader.

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Long Island needs a new mission

Boston’s Olympic boosters talk up the bid as a chance to tackle the region’s challenges. Turning Long Island into a real asset fits the bill.

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Technology shift should not block access to court records

The media and the public have been blocked from accessing basic information for many cases.

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Judge Curran’s well-deserved award

Superior Court Judge Dennis J. Curran has worked to revamp the way juries are selected in Superior Court in Massachusetts.

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Olympic bid could leave a legacy in Franklin Park

Even if Boston doesn’t get the Olympics, a planning process that incorporates the park’s needs will help guide the park into the 21st century.

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Brian Joyce allegations expose weak disclosure laws

The state senator’s public duties and his private law practice seem to be suspiciously intertwined.

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Tom Brady, Patriots send a poor message about sportsmanship

Setting the example of a win-at-any-cost attitude can have repercussions well beyond the football field.

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David Cameron’s party should embrace EU after strong showing

Britian’s exit from the European Union would be a disaster.

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Baltimore prosecutor tries to force broader change

The aggressive charges seem aimed at sending a broader message about how police have been doing their jobs.

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Boston’s Olympic bid could lead to swimmable Mystic River

In its current state, the Mystic is not exactly the face that Greater Boston wants to showcase to the wider world.

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Boston police mediation program with Harvard Law shows promise

With this initiative, the police department is showing that it is committed to more open, transparent relationships in the community.