As a newlywed in 1973, during a pretty deep recession, I got a job as a spray painter at the Raytheon factory in Waltham. At one point during the job-orientation process, the personnel clerk asked me, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of... Read more
Derek Hunt says that the ABCD summer jobs program – which he has participated in since 2004 – has saved his life. “It’s kept me off the streets,’ he said. “The counselors encouraged me to stay in school. I saw what it meant to put in a day’s work and... Read more
April is National Minority Health month, and as the high from the passage of national health care reform begins to wind down and we are able to more clearly process this historic accomplishment, I want to take this time to reflect on our past... Read more
In these hard times, it’s up to us, Dorchester’s residents and to our city councillors to save the Lower Mills Library and services at all our branches. We need to count on our two Dorchester Councillors, Maureen Feeney and Charles Yancey, and our... Read more
What will my church do to confront the continuing scandal associated with the sexual abuse of children? In an effort to avoid scandal, church leaders were complicit in efforts to cover up not only serious crimes but also grievous sins.
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Many constituents have contacted my office over the past few weeks, concerned about the possibility that branch libraries throughout the city might close. And rightly so. Our branch libraries are not just centers of learning, though that alone would... Read more
There is an interesting story told in the Gospel of Luke that many Biblical scholars think may be one of the first attempts among Jesus’s followers to come to terms with his death. In the story, two travelers are walking home from Jerusalem to a... Read more
By Mark O’Sullivan and Michael Roberts
One of the most celebrated rivalries in modern professional sports has momentarily and remarkably rejuvenated the memory of a deceased Dorchester native who is sorely missed as much for his... Read more
I started my walk on Sunday at the Dunkin Donuts and Dark Horse Antiques at 2297 Dorchester Avenue in Lower Mills. I had decided to walk the length of Dorchester’s part of Dot Ave and take it all in by foot. About one-and-half hours later, I reached... Read more
To grow up in Boston in the mid-20th century in an extended multi-neighborhood family, where an Irish cultural atmosphere dominated time spent away from school for the children and away from work for the adults, was to know that while the United... Read more
Faith is a crutch. It helps those of us who need it to cope with a world that is dangerous, confusing, unfair, and often cruel. We desperately cling to the notion that within what often appears to be chaos and disorder there is purpose and meaning.... Read more
The Vietnam War was tearing our country apart, many Dorchester youth were serving and dying, and an unlikely speaker was at the monthly Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association meeting one night in the early 1970s.
He was the historian Howard Zinn... Read more
This country is fast becoming dysfunctional. Government doesn’t seem to work, we’re accumulating huge deficits, the financial system is a mess, and unemployment has exploded.
There was a time not too long ago when we believed we could overcome... Read more
Late last year, a young man was shot and killed in broad daylight near the John Marshall Elementary School in Dorchester. This was just the latest example of violence in a city that has grown weary of seeing its schools become urban battlegrounds.... Read more
One in every five people in Bostonâ€™s minority communities is looking for work. In some areas, like the Blue Hill Avenue corridor, two in five are completely out of the workforce. And the city and state are in no position to help those people. They... Read more