Community Comment

Boston families eagerly awaited a new plan to assign our children more equitably to seats in the public schools. The three-zone system had too many shortcomings, including no assurance that a child would be assigned to a high quality school in his or... Read more

Pope Francis has his work cut out for him. In a secular world, how does he reconcile Christian orthodoxy – more particularly Catholicism – with democracy, capitalism, gay rights, women’s rights, abortion, and a culture that sometimes seems obsessed... Read more

To the Editor:

Perhaps some headway is being made with respect to civil rights when at least two candidates for public office dare to raise the issue of gays and lesbians historically being denied the right to march in the St. Patrick’s Day... Read more

‘Appalled’ by exclusion stance

To the Editor:
Thank you for your Page One article entitled “Southie parade inclusion issue is state Senate campaign opener.”

As the wife of a Vietnam Veteran, I am appalled that the... Read more

In the fall of 1960, Father Ambrose J. Mahoney, S.J., the principal of Boston College High School, offered Brian Donaher a junior-year homeroom teacher position at the school. The curriculum was straightforward: Latin, Greek, English, and Religion.... Read more

I am not a resident of the Dorchester community portrayed in the recent Boston Globe series. I know and respect Lew Finfer and Ed Cooke who penned columns in the Reporter decrying the Globe coverage.  I, too, agree that most of the residents in the... Read more

Longfellow Street can be described in several different ways.

It is in Precinct 7 of Ward 15. It is on the side of Meetinghouse Hill facing away from the harbor. It’s below Ronan Park, in St. Peter’s Parish, behind Fields Corner.

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Everyone left dissatisfied.

The scene was a meeting on Feb. 13 of Boston Globe reporters and editors with about 75 individuals, most of them residents of the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester; the purpose of the gathering at Cesaria’s... Read more

The following are excerpts from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, delivered in Congress on Tues., Feb. 12.

Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but... Read more

By Tom Mulvoy
Associate Editor

This is the time of year when a ring of falsity fills the air hereabouts: As storm clouds move up the coast and the winds shift to the north and east, the phony word “nor’easter” is on far too many lips,... Read more

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