82 Blog Posts From the MASSACHUSETTS Tag

Maintain radio silence

Did you remember to turn on airplane mode on your phone when driving through Belmont, Massachusetts? Town officials want to ban nonresidents from town roads. Part of their plan is to track your phone to catch you trespassing. Phones and tablets are very talkative. Even when you’re not using them they’re transmitting signals to see […]

Share the wealth

Following overtime fraud and persistent failure to meet ticket quota, Governor Baker disbanded Massachusetts State Police Troop E. About 20 officers have retired or been suspended. They took overtime speed trap shifts and didn’t write speeding tickets. The rest, who made quota or didn’t get caught, will be reassigned to other troops. Some editorials called […]

Vehicle Emissions Standards—Now What?

Vehicle Emissions Standards—Now What?

The long awaited but not too surprising ruling by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week on turning back the Obama era CAFÉ Standards seems to have confused the issue even more. At issue: by 2025, automakers who want to sell new cars to American consumers must boost a corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) to […]

The airheads of Troop E

The other shoe dropped in the Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal. A closet full of shoes. Twenty-one officers are in trouble for not making ticket quota. Twenty years ago the euphemism was “quality violations.” Quality meant dollars. Officers who didn’t bring in enough revenue would lose overtime. Leadership put that in writing and learned a […]

Sticks and stones

Recent news reminds us that politically incorrect speech is worse than murder. Police rounded up a gang of rogue ATV riders. In the struggle one rider was shot in the foot. And then the system went off script. A Massachusetts State Police officer could face charges for the shooting. He’s already suspended without pay. Not […]