Editorials

Payin’ the Piper

October 4, 2018
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I have an old buddy whose been obsessing about his undertaking over the last year. He keeps telling me he wants to “go out” in a good way. Since he can’t preside over the comings and goings at his own funeral, he’s taken to putting together the particulars ahead of time. “Why do you...
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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Boston

October 4, 2018
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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, hundreds of people from Boston’s Latino community joined me on City Hall Plaza to come together for this nationwide celebration of Latin ancestry and culture. Boston is home to a strong, proud Latino population, and it’s hard to overstate what an incredible impact it’s had on our city. For...
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The Candidate’s Kiss of Death

September 27, 2018
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Mayor Walsh enjoys a good wave of popularity these days. Kids love him. The elderly enjoy his visits, and he seems to be able to move amongst many different communities with success. But if you’re a candidate for office, I dare say you might want to avoid hizzoner. Mayor Walsh has had the kiss...
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Recovery is Personal to Me – and to All of Us

September 27, 2018
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Early on in my first campaign for mayor, I realized I had to be open about my recovery from alcoholism. I had been working on addiction prevention and recovery issues for my entire 16 years in the State Legislature, and I knew I wanted to make it a priority for the city if I...
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A Possible Harbinger

September 20, 2018
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The aftermath of Hurricane Florence on the Carolinas is another wakeup call for our communities.  Even though many preparations were made by local officials, there was still the loss of life and millions of dollars in damage. While the wind was not as severe as originally forecasted, having been downgraded from a category four...
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The Undoing of Johnny Jingles

September 14, 2018
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Quarters are a dying breed. No one carries quarters around as much as they used to in the city due to the new technology that basically has taken over the parking meters. Those who use it love it. I still use the quarters or sometimes the credit card, but I understand the convenience of...
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Don’t Trash Recycling. If We All Do Our Part, We Can Make It Work

September 14, 2018
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People throughout Massachusetts are committed to recycling and want to do their part to protect our environment. But we may not always be aware that some things need to stay out of our curbside recycling bins. While we may think, “I’ll throw it in with the recycling and someone will sort it all out...
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Massachusetts Needs Gov Charlie Baker

September 14, 2018
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With the state primary election now concluded, the ballot for the state election in November has been set, providing voters with the opportunity to see how the candidates match up for the various offices. Many of these contests feature either newcomers to the political scene or candidates for higher office who have not been...
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Back to School

September 7, 2018
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September is one of my favorite months. The weather is getting cooler, football is back in season, and students like yourselves are heading back to school. You might not know it, but it takes a village to prepare for the first day of school. Your teachers, principals, and custodians have spent the summer getting...
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Hot, Hot, Hot

September 7, 2018
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News reports about the hot weather and all of the records for high and highest-low temperatures that have been set this month in our region have become so commonplace that it is all-too-easy to read the headlines and move on to other news. But the reality is this: Global warming and the attendant climate...
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