Community Comment

When you elected me as your Governor, I promised to be the governor of the whole Commonwealth. That means getting out of the State House and its sometimes inward-looking focus, and staying connected to you in your own neighborhood. It means hearing... Read more

I am always shocked when I meet someone from Boston who says, “ Dorchester has beaches?” Even more shocking is when this is uttered from a Dorchesterite, because Dorchester has several beautiful, sandy beaches on Boston Harbor.
Obviously,... Read more

In her bi-weekly column for the Reporter called B-3 BOLO - short for "Be On the Lookout"- Annie Wilcox gives us a unique break-down on the policing tactics on the district that covers Mattapan and nearly half of Dorchester. There's good news on... Read more

Eleanor Jane Murphy, who died down in Weymouth this week at age 86, was one of a number of mothers, ladies all, who made the upper end of Lonsdale Street in Dorchester a special place in the dozen or so years after World War II.

In the late... Read more

The U.S. House of Representatives has proclaimed July as “Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.” The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn (D- MD) and co-sponsored by a large bipartisan group, including NAMI... Read more

As you read this, I am on my way to Gaza – a tiny, crowded patch of Palestinian land where 1.5 million impoverished people live under siege by Israel. About the size of Outer Cape Cod, the Gaza Strip has been called the world’s largest open-air... Read more

The mania we have witnessed surrounding the tragic death if Michael Jackson is an example of our distorted sense of values. On balance, the life of this talented yet disturbed celebrity is deserving of sympathy rather than adulation.

His talent... Read more

In my last column, I offered some figures to illustrate that almost twelve percent of Dorchester’s land area is protected open space; most if it banked by the State’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Although we are only a... Read more

The skill of a good magician is to set the trick in motion before the audience arrives, and distract the viewers with unrelated activities while it appears to be happening before their eyes.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) runs a great... Read more

There is a lot to dislike about talk radio, but I admit to being a fan of Marjorie Egan and Jim Braude. Their blend of whimsy, self-deprecation, and just plain nonsense is a delight and a welcome relief from the two-fisted, in-your-face style of many... Read more

One of the greatest challenges for Captain Claiborne in the Dorchester/Mattapan area is to educate public opinion. With public support, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. A grave concern in District B-3 is violence against and among... Read more

Some may wonder why I normally don’t write about current events; the goings on in city, state and national politics. It’s not that I’m disinterested but everybody is writing about those topics.

Rather than focus on the drama, I prefer to... Read more

Much has been made in the daily news media about the need for Beacon Hill to clean house before asking Massachusetts residents to contribute more in taxes to help solve our state’s budget crisis. To be sure, this is exactly the right order of things... Read more

At the time of Sputnik - first space orbit - the cosmonaut hailed as a hero by many blatantly observed that in his travels, he did not find "heaven." It would seem that technology proved that heaven was a myth. Some discussion took place. However, this... Read more

The month of May has not been a good one so far for District B-3. Bullets have been flying through the air like soccer balls and the officers needed a pooper-scooper to pick up all the ballistics evidence found in the street. Since May 1, three... Read more