Saturday, May 11, 2013
"You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror."
Saturday, May 11
A letter from Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino: Dear Selectman Llodra, On behalf of the people of Boston I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support. All of us were very moved by this kind and thoughtful gesture. As such, we have proudly displayed the banner in the lobby of Boston City Hall for all to see and appreciate. In the aftermath of the attack at the Boston Marathon, our city has been flooded with offers of support and prayers from around the world. None of them, however, meant as much as the banner you sent from Newtown. You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror. Your community…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to close the loophole that allows individuals on terror watch list lists to legally purchase weapons.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wants to know how one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was able to get a weapon, despite being on a federal terror watch list. "Right now there are thousands of people on terror watch lists who are considered too dangerous to fly on a plane, but when it comes to buying an assault weapon — no problem. It’s crazy,” said Menino to the Boston Herald. Menino, one of the co-founders of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said there are glaring loopholes in our federal gun laws, calling it the "Terror Gap", which enabled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to get his hands on weapons. Menino said current loopholes allow individuals on terror watch lists to pass background checks to purchase guns legally. But some detractors do point …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Thomas Menino is the longest-serving mayor in Boston history. But does his reign deserve inclusion among the city's greatest?
Mayor Thomas Menino will not seek a sixth term, according to at-large Boston politics journalist David Bernstein. Menino reportedly told Fox 25 this morning that it was a tough decision to make. So ends the longest mayorship in Boston history, and one of the longest in American history (To give you some perspective, long-time Chicago Mayor and political boss Richard J. Daley served 21 years and his son Richard M. Daley has currently served 24 years). But does a long career guarantee a spot in the Boston mayoral Hall of Fame, like Carlton Fisk's long career landed him in Cooperstown? Or has Mayor Menino's accomplishments guaranteed him a slot on the short list of Boston's greatest mayors? There are 53 elected mayors in the city's history, …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
City Councilor John Connolly on Tuesday announced his campaign for mayor. Current Mayor Tom Menino, meanwhile, has remained mum about whether he'll run for another term. If these two Boston powerhouses were matched up in the fall, who'd get your vote?
At the very least, it'll be interesting. Boston City Councilor John Connolly threw his hat into the ring Tuesday and announced his candidacy for mayor. Connolly, a city councilor since 2007, has been raising money at an accelerated clip, according to the Globe. That money haul and speculative tweet made this the worst kept secret in the city. Menino, on the other hand, is no shrinking violet, either. A prolonged illness late last year led to speculation that the longest-serving mayor in city history would step down at the end of this term. The Globe notes, however, that a return to health has led to whispers among the cognoscenti that Menino will run again. What do you think? Should Menino run again? Does Connolly have the political …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Did Mayor Thomas Menino's speech hit the mark? Do you think the speech's tone signals his intent to run for another term?
Mayor Thomas Menino delivered an optimistic and ambitious state of the city address Tuesday night, offering broad outlines for improving schools, achieving py equity for women and workforce development through partnerships between MIT, Harvard University and city community centers. What did you think of the speech? Did the Mayor address your concerns? Do you think the themes presented offer a blueprint for the city's future, or was it too broad and general? And don't forget your crystal ball: Many political observers hoped Menino would give some sign about his future plans. Given the speech (which you can watch on the city website), do you think the mayor laid out his platform for another term, or was it his valedictory after 20 years in …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino offered several broad outlines for the coming year.
An aggressive approach to school improvement and pay equity for Boston’s women were two pillars of Mayor Thomas Menino’s 2013 State of the City address. “Our progress is real, our future is bright. The state of our city is striking, sound and strong,” he said. Walking slowly with a cane and with a chair positioned behind his lectern, Menino told the assembled crowd his administration would push to convert more than 1 million square feet of city property into affordable housing for families. Menino was met by a thunderous and sustained ovation as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” played during his entrance and he tried, in vain, to start the speech on time. “You don’t want to hear my words of wisdom, do you?” joked Menino as the cheering …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino writes about taking action against gun violence in the U.S.
Wednesday, January 2
The following was submitted by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's office: As a parent and grandparent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and outrage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint December 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the families impacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has seen too many lives forever altered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Now is the time for that action. Each day in the United States, 33 people are murdered by guns. Our nation has been brought to a tipping point. Now is the time for a real dialogue on national gun…
Thursday, October 18, 2012
City personnel have asked the Trojan condom company's marketing firm to find an alternative site - something with not as many young families.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino does not want the famed Trojan condom company handing out sex toys at City Hall Plaza. The city's properties chief, Michael Galvin, has written to Massivemedia, the marketing firm for the condom company, asking them find a more suitable place for their giveaway. No date has been proposed for the sex toy giveaway, as the company is still looking for a location in Boston. "I am told the public nature of the plaza affords you legal protection to distribute these products should you insist against our objections, but I would tell you in the strongest terms allowable that I feel this is an inappropriate and irresponsible use for the plaza," wrote Galvin in the letter. Trojan's Bruce Weiss, vice president of marketing …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Boston Public Schools will release five alternative plans for school choice. What would you like to see the school system do to improve school assignments for kids?
Boston Public Schools will host a meeting 6 p.m. Monday night to announce five alternative school choice plans. The five alternatives were designed to improve local school access while preserving a parent's ability to choose the best school for their child, according to Superintendent Carol Johnson. Johnson made her remarks to WBUR. The schools have been mum on the details of the plan, preferring to present them Monday night at the Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester. From there, the department plans more public meetings to present and vet the alternatives, which will also be examined by an advisory committee appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, according to boston.com. What do you think? What kind of changes should the school …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Congressman Barney Frank and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are also scheduled to speak tonight.
Similar to the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Massachusetts will be in full force on the second night. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Congressman Barney Frank and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren are all scheduled to speak during tonight’s session. Menino is scheduled to speak in the 5 p.m. hour, Frank will speak in the 8 p.m. hour and Warren will speak in the 10 p.m. hour. Warren will speak shortly before Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and President Bill Clinton. Gov. Deval Patrick and Congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III spoke during the first night of the DNC. Patrick gave a fiery speech in which he criticized his predessor, Mitt Romney, and praised President Barack Obama. Let us know here what you …