Community Comment

I was excited to join the Mayor’s Mural Crew last week as they celebrated their 25th anniversary of beautifying our city. I picked up a paintbrush, and colored in a mural of ballet dancers on the wall of the performing arts center on Blue Hill Avenue.... Read more

The overriding consideration in this year’s presidential election is the character of the candidates. The integrity, capacity, and judgment of the next president will determine the nation’s direction. With erratic and unreliable leadership, the center... Read more

As a mediator, I am often surprised when people raise objections “as a matter of principle” on issues far removed from things I would consider of such overwhelming importance to invoke that noble standard. Defined as “a moral rule or belief that helps... Read more

People eagerly await the days until they can enjoy the beautiful summer weather and now the season is in full swing with a month to go before Labor Day. However, before hitting the trails, the water, the court, or the beach this month, remember to... Read more

To the Editor:

As long term active residents of the Greater Bowdoin/Geneva section of Dorchester, we were none the less largely shut out of the BRA led “dialogue” about the enormous Dot Block project even though our area will be... Read more

When I was a young woman, my mother told me I would be attending a charter school when I entered sixth grade. Like any kid, I just wanted to do what my friends were doing, but my mother had other plans for me, and I’m so grateful she did. Now, years... Read more

Last Monday and Tuesday night, I visited neighborhoods across Boston, from Hyde Park to Brighton, from Mattapan to East Boston, for “National Night Out” with members of the Boston Police Department and Commissioner William Evans. We spent time with... Read more

To the Editor:
As a long time teacher in the public school system I was very disappointed to learn about Governor Baker’s recent budget that guts early education funding and doesn’t come close to reimbursing district schools for... Read more

It is time to replace the word “racist” with its more accurate predecessor, “bigot.”

The word “bigot” derives from 16th century Europe’s clash of Gauls and Visigoths. “Racist” is a passive Latinism, which George Orwell in 1946 derided as “a kind... Read more

Dear Families and Friends of Boston Public Schools (BPS):
It is important that our students, parents, teachers, staff, and community partners receive accurate information about the work that is being done throughout the district to achieve the... Read more

The recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, have once again drawn national attention to the tension between law enforcement and communities of color. Here in Boston,... Read more

Girls in Dorchester have been playing softball for generations, but participation in the sport had waned until a committed group of community members and elected officials pulled together in recent years to support the softball program of the All... Read more

Earlier this month, I was excited to announce this year’s City of Boston Scholars with my Education cabinet and the city’s Scholarship Committee. We recognized 35 students from our high schools and neighborhoods, and welcomed back 70 returning scholars... Read more

To the Editor:

I am happy that Ms. Weekes Tullock’s daughters have found academic success at their charter school as detailed in her June 28 article in the Dorchester Reporter. Many young people educated in BPS district schools... Read more

Last Friday was one of the darkest days for our country following the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa.

The day before, after the... Read more