Community Comment

To the Editor:

As a Boston resident, parent, and voter, I strongly support City Councilor Frank Baker’s home rule petition to replace the current Boston School Committee format with a hybrid system that would balance mayoral appointees with... Read more

“I’m Tommy Menino from Hyde Park.” Those were the most revealing words in Mayor Menino’s recent State of the City address. They captured the essence of the man who has ruled the city now for 20 years.

Before ascending to the office by chance... Read more

This is a year of historic commemorations and historic breakthroughs. We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day. Twenty days later, Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration coincided with the... Read more

A close friend of mine died recently. He had been sick for a while so it did not come as a complete surprise. As we aged, we would often talk of the inevitability of death and the importance of being prepared for it.

We joked we were in life’s... Read more

Anyone has the right to own a pet. But everyone has the right to be protected from other people’s pets - especially when what should be “Man’s Best Friend” turns into “Public Enemy Number One.”

In the City of Boston, we continue to have... Read more

With your support, in the coming weeks we will achieve meaningful education reforms that will benefit an entire generation of students and the broader community. Today I am asking for your help so we can move forward together.

For nearly 25... Read more

The following is one person’s response to a five-part Boston Globe series on the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood and to a... Read more

In the aftermath of the horror of the Newtown massacre and the nation’s reaction to it, one notices the contrast between the grief and resolve evident after this unspeakable crime and the apathy that prevails when “collateral damage” includes the... Read more

To the Editor:

The primary function of a firearm is to kill people. Killing people is what most guns are specifically designed to do. This fact begs the following questions:

Since the 30,000 gun deaths per year in the United States are... Read more

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