Category Archives: History

Always Taxes

At the latest Alcohol Task Force sub-committee excise taxes came up again as an issue. The lone public health person strongly encouraged the committee to think about raising the state excise tax on liquor which hasn’t been increased since the … Continue reading

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Beer Festivals and Economic Development

This Saturday, in Hartford there will be the Small State Great Beer festival. This is the second for the event and they expected more than thirty-five brewers to participate. The beer festival was the idea of three young people with … Continue reading

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The Art of the Deal

I consider myself a fairly astute political observer but I will confess I am extremely puzzled and concerned by the deal Trump and Democrats struck over raising the debt ceiling. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would result in the … Continue reading

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Back to School Report

September always feels like the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. I am not in school anymore, but September still feels like the start of something new. Given that, here is an update on my social … Continue reading

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World’s Fair

One of my goals for 2017 was to work more regularly on my book on faculty wives. Recently I have been able to do that and I have run across an interesting subject. Various World’s Fairs have come up in … Continue reading

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How to Behave at an Academic Conference

I recently attended the ADHS 2017 conference. I have attended many conferences over the years and chaired many panels. These are my observations about how to have a successful panel at an academic conference. As chair you have to keep … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force

Tuesday I attended a public hearing of the Massachusetts Alcohol Task Force. Deb Goldberg, the State Treasurer, created the task force to look at the laws and regulations governing the alcohol beverage industry. About fifteen people were present and about … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Democratic State Convention

Today I am going to the Massachusetts Democratic State Convention. I was elected as an alternate but I will actually be serving as a delegate because some of the elected delegates are not going. In 1992 I went to the … Continue reading

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Colorado Beer

Every day I get alerts from Google about beer. Recently an item about  an event in Texas caught my eye.  A beer store was having a tasting of Colorado beer from Left Hand Brewing.  The notice reminded me that Left … Continue reading

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Are We Rome?

We are currently in a period where macro brewers are buying craft brewers in an attempt to capture some portion of that market. Heineken becoming the sole owner of Lagunitas is a recent example. Heineken is the second largest brewer … Continue reading

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