Hurtful words

Hurtful words

If you call an accident a crash, does it hurt more? According to Denver police the answer is yes. The number of fatal “crashes” in 2018 was higher than the number of fatal “accidents” in any of the previous 12 years. To the surprise of police, politicians, and federal bureacrats, changing the name did not […]

Is the coverup a crime?

Is the coverup a crime?

Obstruction of justice. The phrase is in the air recently. Two incidents, one reported in the press and one not, straddle the line between bad record keeping and a crime. The Massachusetts State Police destroyed evidence of its corruption. Massachusetts RMV hid evidence of police misconduct. Obstruction of justice? Maybe not. The recent string of […]

Three felonies a shift

Three felonies a shift

It’s hard to commit just one crime. Voluminous indictments are routine in the federal system. A single act can be many crimes and a continuing crime can be divided into discrete events. So Judge Mark Wolf was skeptical when corrupt police officers were allowed to plead guilty to just one minor crime. The Massachusetts State […]

The game of life

The game of life

We have another episode of “signs as toys.” The city of Medford, Massachusetts earned a lot of media attention by putting school children in charge of traffic control. A picture shows a row of children standing behind a row of ramps. As I see it, drivers are supposed to hit the ramps and fly over […]

Jumping to conclusions

Jumping to conclusions

“Flashing lights have boosted intersection safety,” proclaimed the headline on the local news site. After four months, flashing red lights on stop signs were declared successful. I was immediately suspicious. In Lincoln signs are for public relations and nobody understands intersection safety. It’s not impossible that a flashing light on top of a stop sign […]