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Week In Review: Bridgewater, Fiber Optics, Diversity At City Hall

Jason Bryer, left, and Jeremy Pafundi watches the USA play Canada in a Sochi Olympics semifinal match at the Cask 'n Flagon Restaurant and Sports Bar in Marshfield, Mass., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP)

Jason Bryer, left, and Jeremy Pafundi watches the USA play Canada in a Sochi Olympics semifinal match at the Cask ‘n Flagon Restaurant and Sports Bar in Marshfield, Mass., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk this week about the lack of high speed fiber optic internet service in Boston; Governor Deval Patrick’s call for accountability after a death at Bridgewater State Hospital; the rash of heroin overdoses; and efforts at diversity at City Hall.

Guests

Mike Ross, former city councilor, attorney with Prince Lobel.

Dante Ramos, deputy editorial page editor, The Boston Globe.

 


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  • Kathy

    This is the game for FIOS, Google Fiber, etc. Cherry pick the dense wealthy areas and leave the rest stranded. I’m sure if Boston agreed to only let them wire rich people, FIOS would be glad to do so.

    • J__o__h__n

      Densely populated areas should be able to take advantage of the fact that it is cheaper to provide it. We pay much higher housing costs, don’t pay less for internet, and subsidize internet for rural areas.

  • Kelley McCormick

    On the Bridgewater issue, the great failing was the loss of hospitals such as Mass Mental Health Center. Under the guise of “community care” and privatization, they lost one of the best resources for caring for the long term mentally ill. This was a legislative decision that caused many clients to be dumped into nursing homes or onto the street. Bridgewater was designed to secure the most violent and uncontrollable mental health patients. It was never designed to be the hospital of first resort for care and custody. They have both the criminal side and the civilly committed side of the campus (at least they used to). I have seen many of my former clients in shelters or out on the street, even after all these years. In closing out levels of care at MMHC, they also lost some of the best, most dedicated staffing in the mental health world.

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