Keller @ Large: Is Massachusetts The Best State?

July 11, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Is Massachusetts The Best State?
BOSTON (CBS) – The online magazine Slate has an article out with a provocative headline: “Why Massachusetts is the Best State in the Union.”

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" The author claims to be a native, although he now lives in New York, and his analysis, framed as a rebuke to Mitt Romney’s candidacy, shows signs of being written by someone who no longer lives here.

More on that in a moment.

But first, the good news – I don’t know if we live in the “best” state in the nation, but we certainly do live in a great state.

Aside from family and other roots and being something of a homeboy, I could choose to live somewhere else, but wouldn’t think of it (at least for now).

Massachusetts has great scenery, great tradition, great culture and food, great sports fans, and when the weather is like this, why would anyone prefer to be anywhere else?

That said, I find it hard to swallow the author’s assertion that Massachusetts is “an exceptionally successful state.”

We do not suffer from the widespread poverty and social dysfunction that afflicts some other, less affluent places "

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