Until Monday night, every mayor of the city of Boston — all 54 of them— has been white and male. At 9:01 p.m., a Black woman raised in Roxbury became the first of her gender and race to lead our city. Kim Janey, elected to the city council in 2018 and... Read more
The murder of 32-year-old Brandon D. Williams, who was shot to death by an unknown assailant outside his family home on Evans Street on Feb. 4, continues to roil his neighborhood. Unfortunately, too much of the outrage stirred by the atrocity has... Read more
Should Boston hold a special election this summer to replace Mayor Walsh when he leaves City Hall to become Labor Secretary? The consensus answer, judging by the public debate surrounding a home rule petition against holding one proposed by City... Read more
Four years ago, we posed this question in the days after the presidential election: “Is the American experiment in democracy equipped to survive a Trump presidency?” Our conclusion: “The American experiment in democracy will be tested, perhaps to its... Read more
Tuesday night’s address by the mayor wasn’t just a State of the City speech, it was a farewell, of sorts. Marty Walsh is rooted here in this neighborhood and that’s not going to change. Yes, once confirmed by the US Senate — probably next month— he’ll... Read more
Against the backdrop of a still-rampaging, mutating virus and the menace of an 11th-hour insurrection mounted by Trumpist collaborators in Congress, many of us lurched into the new year with great anxiety and even a deepening sense of dread.
But... Read more
Our mayor, Martin J. Walsh, is on the super short-list of potential picks for Secretary of Labor in the Biden-Harris administration. The job would be very hard to pass up. Sources familiar with the mayor’s thinking about it say he is likely to accept... Read more
With this Christmas issue, we’re pleased to display on our front page an original work by the wonderful Irish-born artist Vincent Crotty. The Reporter newspapers commissioned Vincent to create in this time of social distancing an original painting of... Read more
The public health menace of the coronavirus will eventually subside, thanks to the marvels of medical science and, hopefully, a competent, federally led vaccine campaign under the new Biden-Harris administration. But how much more damage can our nation... Read more
The Trump circus is finally starting to strike its tattered tent, but just how many dung piles and muddy craters will these deranged elephants leave on their way out as the big top collapses? “Too many” is the correct answer.
Trumpist dead-... Read more
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last Friday at age 88, lies in state this week in Washington, D.C. Her death may turn out to be a seminal moment in the nation’s history and not just because of the loss of a renowned jurist and transformational... Read more
Less than a week has passed since we dispensed of the state primary election and we are already looking ahead to… September 2021?
The Boston Globe this week reported that City Councillor Michelle Wu called Mayor Martin Walsh on Sunday... Read more
We have not wasted much ink in this space detailing the day-to-day outrages, depravities, and lies of the Trump administration over the last 44 months. Such an exercise would leave precious little room for the steady diet of local coverage to which... Read more
William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States under Donald Trump, visited Boston for a few hours last Thursday, purportedly to meet face-to-face with our police commissioner, William Gross, in his office. The meeting included a photo... Read more
We are still in the middle of an unfolding public health emergency the likes of which very few alive have ever witnessed. And, we’re simultaneously experiencing an epochal civil rights reckoning while also attempting to navigate through what could be a... Read more