Can you hear that noise in the background? A consistent drone, more often shrill than muffled; a public spectacle that cannot be avoided. It’s the campaign, what we call the democratic process at work. Sure, democracy can be messy, but does it have to... Read more
The other morning, US Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, submitted to questioning by a group of political junkies of all stripes on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.
Jumping out of the box... Read more
I’ve always thought hitting streaks are one of the more over-rated achievements in sports. They just feel kind of fluky. I don’t understand why the public has such a fixation with an arbitrary sequencing of hits. Case in point: Ted Williams actually... Read more
We’re entering into one of the most beautiful times of the year: early summer, when Boston’s citizens congregate outside to enjoy the warming weather and celebrate the start of the summer season. That’s why last month Boston’s community came together... Read more
The corner of Hancock Street and Payson Avenue has a dismal history that stretches back many years. District C-11 regularly reported that 33 Hancock St. was the site of more 911 calls than any other address in the district.
Whether... Read more
Although the long-awaited Boston Creates Cultural Plan will be released officially next month, a draft of the founding document was put on line earlier this month, on May 10. Reading it has made me, and others, uneasy.
The goal of... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh’s recommended General Fund operating budget for fiscal 2017, starting July 1, totals $2.97 billion, an increase of $114.8 million, or 4.0 percent, over the prior year’s budget. This is a more thoughtful budget after two years in... Read more
In November there will likely be a referendum question on the state ballot proposing to lift the cap on charter schools. I believe that approval of this referendum will bleed our public schools dry and can only hurt the great majority of families in... Read more
President Trump announced today that his long-promised plan for a huge wall along the United States-Mexico border now appears more costly than he expected and he was having difficulty getting Mexico to pay for it. Instead, he proposed a simpler... Read more