Martin Meehan is the President of the University of Massachusetts. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007 as the Representative for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district.

Donald Trump brought deception to a new level, in part through his ability to communicate directly with millions of Americans by way of social media. In this photo, then-President Trump speaks during a rally protesting the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as president in Washington, D.C., on Jan 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Martin T. Meehan
Our elected officials are failing us, elevating artful pandering and dishonesty over real solutions, writes Marty Meehan in an essay adapted from his speech to a Vatican conference on the media.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters ahead of a health care vote July 27 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (CNS photo/Aaron P. Bernstein, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyLast Take
Martin T. Meehan
Never sacrifice your dignity or integrity for short-term gain.