A free route to economic opportunity

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We hear “free this” and “free that” being bandied about by certain progressive Democratic presidential candidates, without ever mentioning who’ll pick up the tab for their government largesse.

But in rare instances, sometimes something free can be the means to a greater end.

For example, the city of Lawrence announced in September it would pay the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority $225,000 from its free cash reserves to operate three bus routes free of charge for the next two years. It’s being pitched as a way to break down transportation barriers some residents experience in getting to jobs, medical appointments and other needs.

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