The cost of war

March 19, 2007

Today’s Metro has a listing of MA soldiers killed in Iraq since the start of the war.

48 out of 3200: maybe a bit below the state’s proportion of the US population but not outrageously so. Of the 48, three are from Boston: again, not outrageously below average. Indeed raise that to 4, I just noticed one listed as “Dorchester.”

However I didn’t see one name on the list from: Cambridge, Watertown, Somerville, Arlington, Newton, Brookline, Waltham, Wellesley, Medford; one from Malden.

There’s a Pittsfield, a Springfield or two… a couple of New Bedford/Fall Rivers, a Lynn – it would be interesting to plot them out on a map, run them through that Demographic Guide to the Commonwealth I’m pretty sure I know where to find. And that story the Globe ran a few weeks ago on 11 old industrial cities that have emphatically not shared in the state’s economic growth.

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