Community Comment

One promise stood high from the Boston Public Library (BPL) management during last spring’s budget process: Cuts in personnel and branch closures would secure the stability – even the improvement – of library services citywide. We recently learned... Read more

Most voters know about the race for Governor. And many of us have heard or read something about other races. But how many of us know about the three ballot questions that threaten our communities? They may be flying under the radar but they are,... Read more

It’s all so familiar: Senseless shootings in those area of Dorchester where the most vulnerable live. Will it ever end or are the poor condemned to live in fear on the streets where danger seems ever present?

I was a judge in Dorchester District... Read more

I just don’t get it! On 9/11, a handful of bad Muslims attacked the homeland.

But in 1991, we and some good Muslims kicked out some bad Iraqi Muslims who had occupied Kuwait. Instead of toppling the Iraq regime at that time, we left the bad... Read more

I first started to feel the itch while on the phone with my mother a couple of weeks ago. I was lying on my bed, listening to Mom relate how she had been reading an article about bed bugs. Disgusting, aren’t they? And they’re not just plaguing... Read more

I am running for State Representative in the 6th Suffolk District as a Democrat.  I have lived in this district for most of my adult life.  I have been very active in local organizations and initiatives that aim to address pressing community concerns,... Read more

My candidacy can best be described as bringing accountability and job creation to all residents who live in the Fifth Suffolk District. I am running on my own accomplishments not like my three opponents who have never been elected to a public office. I... Read more

Our community is facing tough challenges. We are living through the worst economic crisis in a generation.  At the same time, our neighborhoods have seen a resurgence of street violence. And as our families struggle to make ends meet, many of us are... Read more

Politics has been imbedded in me from a child. Growing up with my grandmother I was exposed to listening to political debates and helping with political gatherings. Upon arriving to this country I was very curious about the American political system... Read more

It took a 7.0 earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters in history, for the Obama Administration to grant Haitians Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which commentators long before said was merited due to four storms which devastated Haiti in 2008... Read more

The huddled masses of the People’s Chamber gathered last Thursday in the Omni Parker House Hotel, discussing reelection strategies and, to borrow a phrase, the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how... Read more

My name is  Divo Rodrigues Monteiro. I was born in Cape Verde Islands. First of all, there is a large Capeverdean community in Boston; and   I now  believe it is time for us to have our own voice at  State House. Secondly, I want to run because I want... Read more

In early February, when I was contemplating a run to be your state representative, Allstate Insurance ran an ad that asked the following question: “Years from now, how will we look back on today, as the Great Recession or the Recession that made us... Read more

Some months ago, the television producer of a house-hunting program contacted me.  She wanted to know if I could help pique the interest of prospects for the show.  Candidates would need to be searching for their first home and live in the greater... Read more

Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat – and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout – will cast one of their most important ballots ever.
The levels of crime, poverty, and... Read more

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