Community Comment

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By Lew Finfer

For thousands of households across Dorchester, there’s a dog or a cat... Read more

After reading as much as I could about the 150 Centre St. proposal, talking to neighbors, Boston Planning and Development Agency officials, and attending community presentations, one thing is clear. The same facts can touch different chords in... Read more

I attended the public information meeting at The Murphy School on 9/27/22 to hear about a proposed partnership between Pine Street Inn (PSI) and The Community Builders (TCB) to convert the Comfort Inn at 900 Morrissey Blvd. into 104 affordable studio... Read more

The Boston City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights heard testimony on Tuesday regarding reparations for slavery in the city of Boston. Following are excerpts from testimony by Tammy Tai, deputy director of King Boston, a non-profit that works... Read more

by Lew Finfer, Special to the Reporter

Last Friday at about 1 p.m., I was driving along Southampton Street between Atkinson and Bradston streets just before it links up with Mass Ave. at its intersection with Melnea Cass Boulevard near both the... Read more

By Jeff Klein

Veteran Day, the holiday we marked this week, was originally called “Armistice Day,” commemorating the end of the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918. The slaughter of 1914-1918 was then called “the war to end all wars” and when the... Read more

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a Census that is aimed at counting every person living in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and the five US territories. This is more than just a head count; the Census... Read more

By Stefanie O'Shea

This is Marathon Week, and as the president of the Dorchester Running Club, it is like homecoming for us. In a typical year, we would head to Hopkinton or Copley together on Marathon Monday to joyously run for Martin or watch... Read more

By Sean Cahill

Everyone is at risk of infection in the COVID-19 pandemic, but history shows that people who are marginalized, including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV, will suffer more than the general population.

Due to the... Read more

To the Editor:

Election Day registration simply is not new as states like Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin have used it since the 1970s and it is now the law in 21 states, plus D.C. We know that EDR works, and is easy to... Read more

To the Editor:

In order to protect the safety of all residents of the Commonwealth no matter where they are from, we need to pass the Safe Communities Act (SCA). This legislation will ensure that all of us in Massachusetts... Read more

By Laura Everett
Special to WBUR

“HowYaDoinNow?” he said, as if all one word. “Doin’ alright, thanks” I answered. We kept on walking in opposite directions.
Then it happened again, each interaction a variation on a theme: a friendly... Read more

By James T. Brett

Compassionate medical care and end of life considerations are some of the most complex and difficult issues facing families, and society in general. It is a reality that may only intensify against a backdrop of an aging... Read more

By Lawrence S. DiCara
Special to the Reporter

We are about to complete the first two decades of the 21st century, yet I remain a captive of the 20th century. This essay was initiated by my speaking into a Sony Dictaphone. I own a... Read more

By Bill Walczak
Special to the Reporter

A few years ago, I decided that I would only purchase Christmas gifts that were made in Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan. It wasn’t an ideological decision, just one in which I decided that gifts... Read more