Americana: Dangers of Democracy

Unnerved by hazardous work? Then steer clear of government jobs in Boston. City Clerk Barry Hynes, 47, reports that he has "nightmares relating to city council meetings gone out of control." The rigors of his job are such that he suffers phobic reactions when he boards the subway to come to work and again when he gets in the city hall elevator. Hynes has applied for a lifetime disability pension of $28,800 annually. Government service has also taken a toll on Richard Sinnott, 55, the former city censor. In charge of issuing permits for rock concerts, Sinnott occasionally took...

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