Walt (“I celebrate myself, and sing myself”) Whitman would love the Boston Herald today.
The feisty local tabloid devotes Page One to . . . itself!
Via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages:
Inside there’s a big takeout on unemployment reform:
The state labor chief — caught off-guard last spring by a series of Herald exposes that showed retired cops, vacationing teachers, election officials and others pocketing unemployment pay — is vowing to close loopholes and push a new law to stop city and town workers from “gaming the system.”
“To taxpayers, we have a message that we hear your concerns. We share that you should be paying only (unemployment) costs for those individuals who are entitled to it,” state labor secretary Joanne Goldstein told the Herald yesterday.
And there’s also this priceless paragraph:
“We appreciate the Herald bringing this to our attention so that we can look at the whole system … to lower (unemployment) costs for municipalities,” Goldstein said. “It’s a good example of the power of the press to the extent that you were able to raise awareness of this issue.”
But wait – there’s more: A handy clip ‘n’ save chart/timeline:
Somewhere beyond the grave, Walt is smiling.