With surprise proposals on alcohol rules by the License Commission and the undermining of First Amendment rights by the City Council, city government continues to show how far it has to go before citizens feel truly heard and and respected in Cambridge.
If our City Council had a theme for its current term, it would most likely be “missed opportunities” – prominently on display in its process for choosing a new city manager and deciding to send a lobbying ordinance to committee rather than to the city manager.
Massachusetts residents have the ability to make a difference by calling for a $525 million increase in funding to President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Any single phone call could tip the scale.
There is a fiscal crisis looming over Massachusetts’ state prisons and county jails. The inmate population is aging, and the cost of providing health care to older inmates, particularly those who are suffering from terminal ailments, is beginning to strain budgets.
The school department won a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award last year from the United States-Canada Government Finance Officers Association. This is a well-deserved award.
Remember when then-vice president Dick Cheney (among others) said “The American way of life is nonnegotiable?” It helps explains the current popularity of Bernie Sanders among left-wingers and Donald Trump among the right – but solves nothing.
We need to make sure we’ve learned the lesson of lighting at the Zinc luxury apartment building by ensuring that its display stay off and that whatever ordinance is passed prevents such lighting anywhere in the city.
Republicans used to be the party of big business, and Democrats the party of the middle and working classes. Now the Democrats are the party of big business and Republicans the party of extreme social or religious conservatism. Nobody speaks for the rest of us.
We are building a cultivation facility and dispensary in Milford, and have proposed locating an additional dispensary in Cambridge, and we would like to ask for your help.
Cambridge can do a better job of meeting children’s needs for unstructured, outdoor play and exercise. If more money is needed to make this possible, we ask that money be allotted for this purpose in the budget.