Community Comment

I recently attended the Gasparilla Festival while visiting my son in Tampa. It’s a huge Mardi Gras-like event held since 1904 to commemorate the capture of the city, so the legend says, in the late 1700s by a Spanish pirate named Jose Gaspar and his... Read more

To the Editor:

Friday (Feb. 12) is the deadline for public comment on the MBTA’s two options to increase fares. I urge Reporter readers to speak up.
An affordable and accessible public transportation system is a measure of equity in a... Read more

Have you been following the news on the proposed MBTA fare hikes? While there seems to be an overwhelming amount of disapproval based on economics, the environment, and public health impacts, I think we are missing a critical framing on the issue. At... Read more

Last week, the University of Massachusetts confirmed what has been clear for several years now: They are moving ahead with a plan to build a 1,000 bed dormitory complex on the Dorchester campus of UMass Boston. The Columbia Point campus is growing with... Read more

Do you know what a “middle-skill job” is? It is any aspect of work that requires some type of training or education beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree.

Do you know which country is having the most difficulty placing... Read more

No matter how hard we try, the Bowdoin/Geneva (B/G) neighborhood in Dorchester can’t seem to get ahead. Whether it’s the business district or the residential area, it seems that what is the norm elsewhere does not hold true here. For this article, I... Read more

Sometimes I think I need a girlfriend; not a new wife, just a companion, a friend with whom to share the lonely hours. At other times, I think that would be disloyal. It would suggest that someone could replace my late wife. I don’t want to convey the... Read more

Last year in Boston, 25.4 percent of eligible parents made no choice at all when it came to selecting a public school for their kids entering sixth grade for the critical middle school years.

That’s not a good thing; those students ended up... Read more

Without pain you do not legally get access to narcotic pain medication. For those predisposed to addiction, a complaint of severe pain is often enough. Maintaining a continuing supply or getting off the medication is more difficult. Drug companies and... Read more

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester, has recommended closing Dorchester Collegiate Academy (DCA) based on his assessment that DCA did not make “significant and sustained academic improvement” on English Language Arts (ELA) and... Read more

Facing a possibly dangerous situation when I was still young, I wrote a letter to my parents to be read posthumously. (How the young are attracted to drama!) In that letter I explained to my parents that I was going to an event where I might die and... Read more

I was out to dinner recently with a friend who said he agreed with Donald Trump’s views but was uncomfortable with the way he expressed them. Perhaps what he should have said is: “I used to agree with his views until I heard them expressed.” To harbor... Read more

Current events don’t seem as interesting after the death of a loved one. Much of the news of the day, viewed in the broader perspective of life’s fragility, seem trivial and inconsequential. The larger issues of the how and why of existence tend to get... Read more