Community Comment

Dear Neighbor,

As we enter a new year and a new legislative session I am honored to represent the most diverse district and neighborhoods not just in Boston or Massachusetts but nation-wide.

Entering my second term, my commitment... Read more

As a parent and grandparent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and outrage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint December 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the ... Read more

Mary Casey Forry’s writing was often at its best when she wrote about the special occasions whose peculiarities make family life entertaining. Below, a reprint of her 1984 post-Yuletide “Urban Gardener” column.

December 26,... Read more

 The definition of a first responder is a person whose job entails being the first on the scene of an emergency, such as a firefighter, policeman, emergency medical technician (EMT).

There is, though, another first responder we don’t readily... Read more

On a recent afternoon, I had the privilege and opportunity via a magazine assignment to sit down for an hour and engage in conversation in his Belmont home with a man who was 10 years old when Johnny came marching home from World War I. He will be 105... Read more


“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before... Read more

Since the fiscal cliff threat does not appear to be working, I propose we combine the best elements of the Grover Norquist no-tax pledge with an even more devastating consequence – the physical cliff.

Here’s the way it works: Members of Congress... Read more

For readers who view Joseph P. Kennedy as a bootlegging, womanizing, election-stealing, Nazi-loving villain, “The Patriarch” is not their book. For readers who see Kennedy as a man whose good outweighed the considerable bad, the book is a mixed bag.... Read more

Thanksgiving reminds me of a parable from Luke’s Gospel known as the “Great Banquet.” Contemporary scholars consider this parable to speak clearly in the voice of Jesus. A person of some wealth is holding a banquet and has invited several of his... Read more

In the January 2010 special election between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley, I handed out poll cards for Coakley outside the Kenny School in Ward 16, Precinct 9 in the Pope’s Hill section of Dorchester. I was pessimistic about her chances at that point... Read more

This is school choice season for the Boston public schools and over the next month we will be welcoming parents to a series of school showcases to help them explore their options for next year.

Additionally, between now and early January every... Read more

The current Boston school assignment plan which buses students long distances in 3 zones is unsustainable. From this educator’s perspective, Boston city leaders need to craft a plan which remedies the following daily problems.

Too many... Read more

For many of us, history as a concept is made up of events we have lived through, can recall easily, and can compare with the present. Everything else is safely tucked away in a book, frames of reference from long ago for historians to conjure with.... Read more

Last week, college students across America were glued to their dorm room televisions once again, hanging on every word that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney said in their third presidential campaign debate, and hoping they would hear a phrase... Read more

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