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This week's column from G. Michael Dobbs

Each week, managing editor G. Michael Dobbs looks at issues in the Pioneer Valley that affect our readers.





WSU, HCC agreement a game-changer for local higher education

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

When I was a mere boy and beardless youth the concept that you could work your way through college was still a very obtainable goal. Of course, that’s when dinosaurs ruled the earth.Today, the concept of being a traditional full-time student pursuing a four-year degree and earning your own w...
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Local policymakers should watch Boston’s bar closing time debate

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Here’s a homework assignment I’d like someone to undertake: are there more bar-related criminal incidences in communities where the closing time for pouring establishments is later than 2 a.m. or earlier than 2 a.m.?Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh is proposing once again a change in state law tha...
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Boston’s Olympic aspirations don’t jive with state’s real needs

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

I would like to have a sunnier outlook on the following subject. I would like to write that even though I’m not a sports fan I recognize how hosting an Olympics in Massachusetts would be a great thing, elevating our state onto the world stage, pumping millions of tourism dollars into our Commonwealt...
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Saying goodbye to Patrick and hello to Baker

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

An open letter to Gov. Deval Patrick:I had hoped to wish you the best in person, but unfortunately that opportunity did not avail itself. So this missive is the next best thing.By the way, I am the fat grey bearded new...
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New Year brings with it a sense of hope for the Pioneer Valley

G. Michael Dobbs
news@thereminder.com

Although I normally feel pretty cynical about many matters, I have reasons to think that 2015 might be a good one here in the Valley. Springfield will see three projects continue and advance through the construction phase: <a href="http://www.thereminder.com/Localnews/springfield/unionstatio...
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