Thank you for reaching out about the many projects planned for the Red Line over the next few years. At the outset, I apologize for the length of my response, but I feel it is important to express my thoughts, concerns, and hopes for these projects.
My father passed away back in 2013. Today he would have turned 91. He was a newspaper mailer who worked at the Boston Herald. Shortly after he died, the demolition of the Herald building, sandwiched between Harrison Ave and the Expressway, began in earnest, to give way to a mixed use development that now buffers … Continue reading Herald the Man.
“I wish they wouldn’t call it methadone mile,” says the security guard, “there’s more going on around here than that.” Methadone Mile. That is what some call the area around the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. Within a few short blocks of the intersection there are many social service agencies, including a … Continue reading Miles to go…
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released preliminary figures for the number of opioid overdose deaths in 2016: 1,465 confirmed overdose deaths, and an estimated total of 1,979, a startling increase of 228 over the 2015 figure. The Commonwealth has been leading the fight against the opioid epidemic, passing first in the nation laws … Continue reading The Opiate Crisis: Past Steps and Next Steps
Let me start where I hope it does not end - Copley Square, January 29, 2017, with thousands of others gathered in protest of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” Earlier that day I dropped my youngest son at his school for a basketball practice. I … Continue reading Let me start where I hope it does not end…
I wrote the following three years ago for the Patriot Ledger on the 50th observance of the death of President Kennedy. This morning, I am reminded of it, and reminded that America can be transcendent. The Real Kennedy Legacy - America Can Be Transcendent We know the story. As told in too simple a narrative, … Continue reading The belief that America can be transcendent.
Just a few quick observations and thoughts. Last week was busy, and some things stick out. On Tuesday, my wife Jeanne and I met up with some of my college roommates, friends and spouses. We keep in fairly regular contact, but occasionally life gets in the way, and the time between seeing each other sometimes … Continue reading Just a few quick observations and thoughts.