Posts Tagged ‘Lexi Salazar’

A New Source of State Revenue?

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

By Edward Donga and Lexi Salazar
The Boston University Statehouse Program

The term “green economy” could take on a new meaning with the Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law. State coffers may be enriched by administrative fees. New business opportunities could mean more jobs and tax income.

And that may only be the start. The numbers could get much larger if Massachusetts follows a future path to legalizing pot for recreational use.

“Certainly, some people will get jobs and there will be some revenue from the sale of marijuana,” said Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron, a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana. “Exactly how that works out, whether it’s a lot or a little, depends exactly on how it’s implemented.”

Tom Tierney 2012

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

By Lexi Salazar, Cape Cod Times

Confusion reigns with Question 1

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

By Lexi Salazar, Cape Cod Times

Voters have been getting mixed messages on whether they should vote for Question 1 — the right-to-repair bill — on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Earlier this fall, a coalition of auto repair shops that placed the question on the ballot joined with auto dealers who opposed the referendum to tell voters to ignore the proposal.

The “skip-it” message came after years of squabbling over a law to requires automobile manufacturers to make computer chip repair codes available to car owners and independent auto shops. But in July, a last-minute compromise was reached between proponents and opponents of the initiative, and the Legislature passed a bill acceptable to both sides.

Daughter: Parents’ suicide highlights a need for assisted suicide

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

By Lexi Salazar, Cape Cod Times

Betsy Van Dorn believes her parents would have lived longer if they had the option of legally taking their own lives.

“My mother became terrified that she’d be stuck in a hospital with no way to get out,” said Van Dorn, a Wellfleet summer resident whose parents committed suicide in 2002 when they were both in failing health.

Van Dorn is the daughter of Adm. Chester Nimitz Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran who served in two wars and was the son of the commander of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. She said her parents feared reaching a stage of helplessness and not being able to take action to end their lives when they wanted to.

‘Ethel’ premieres at JFK library

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

By Lexi Salazar, Cape Cod Times

BOSTON – Rory Kennedy resisted the idea of making a film about her family for a long time, and if it weren’t for the persistence of HBO, she may have never decided to make “Ethel,” her new documentary that premiered on Monday night at John F. Kennedy Library & Museum.

Rory Kennedy, co-founder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films, has directed or produced more than 35 documentaries, including “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” which won an Emmy award.
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Kennedy said Sheila Evans, her friend and president of HBO Documentary Films, had met her mother a number of times and insisted that she make a film about her.