Community Comment

By G. R. Peterson
Special to the Reporter

On Oct. 15, UMass Boston’s interim chancellor, Katherine Newman, held a Town Hall Forum at Lipke Auditorium on the Dorchester campus. Despite the meeting’s setting in one of the campus’s drafty... Read more

To the Editor:

Several weeks ago, I met Jay Gonzalez, the Democratic candidate for governor in next month’s election, at a fundraising breakfast and I was struck by how impressive, experienced, and empathetic he was, and... Read more

Dear “Magnificent Eleven,”

Having lived now almost 80 years, I thought it would be a good time to impart what wisdom I have accumulated in a long, happy, and productive life, the happiness being in no small part attributable to you. To tell the... Read more

By Roy Lincoln Karp
Special to the Reporter

I hope you don’t mind if I turn a bit meta-cognitive. This is a column about the process of writing a column, in particular the one I wrote two weeks ago about Question 1. After much... Read more

By Mike Prokosch
Special to the Reporter

Do you feel safe bringing gas into your home to fuel your furnace or your stove?

Five homes exploded in Lawrence in September and another 125 caught fire when a gas contractor re-connected... Read more

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Boston is going through a period of historic growth – the kind our city hasn’t seen in decades. More people are choosing to put down roots and start families here. More businesses are choosing to open their doors here.... Read more

While watching the Red Sox cavort around the bases 16 times at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the TBS broadcaster (and former major league pitcher) Ron Darling found cause to lament that the Bostonians were continuing to play aggressively despite... Read more

The professional and personal sides of longtime Boston broadcast standout Clark Booth were recalled on Tuesday night in St. Theresa’s Church in West Roxbury as part of a memorial Mass commemoration of his life and times.

Mr. Booth died in... Read more

By Roy Lincoln Karp
Special to the Reporter

Laws, it has been said, are like sausages. The more we know about how they are made, the less we respect them. As a voter, the ballot initiative process sometimes feels like watching sausages... Read more

To the Editor:

On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the Commonwealth of Dominica. The category 5 hurricane caused more than half a billion dollars in island-wide damage, killing at least 30 people, with some... Read more

By James W. Dolan
Special to the Reporter

In the rush to reform the criminal justice system by converting what some might view as petty offenses to civil infractions and dismissing cases to avoid the imposition of a criminal record, one... Read more

By Michael J. Pallamary
Special to the Reporter

I was in town recently, on vacation, visiting some friends and family. One Saturday morning, I stopped to grab a couple of things from College Hype. There were two cars in the 73-stall... Read more

By Roy Lincoln Karp
Special to the Reporter

High school students at Roxbury Prep Charter School have to eat lunch in their classrooms. Their school has no gym and no performing arts space. The student body is split into two parts located... Read more

By James Brett
Special to the Reporter

A proposal to achieve enhanced protection for some of our most vulnerable citizens – people with disabilities – could become reality if lawmakers advance the measure during its informal sessions.... Read more

Following are excerpts from Mayor Martin Walsh’s remarks at the Greater Boston Labor Council gathering on Monday:

Happy Labor Day everyone! I am proud to be mayor of the city with the strongest labor community in the country! This... Read more

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