An upcoming vote might add child care at all budget hearings, review the need for spoken or signed language interpreters, hold at least one hearing on a Saturday in the community and guarantee live streaming and video archiving of discussion.
Trees could protect Cambridge from the worst effects of climate change. New data show we’re losing them.
During this latest municipal election season, we saw divisive behavior that pitted candidates against each other instead of bringing people together to address the issues. Two years ago it was “Who’s corrupt?” this year it was “Who’s more progressive?”
Our lack of 24-hour or even late-night culture continues to baffle: We have four major institutions of higher learning full of students who need to study and be social, not to mention packed with entrepreneurs and innovators. Is everyone in bed by midnight?
We desperately need candidates for City Council who understand the obvious: There’s a massive problem with the way people ride their bikes in this city. But it doesn’t look like we’re going to get them this election.
The past City Council term was an improvement for collegiality, but not so much that there aren’t plenty of candidates touting their collegiality; and it saw big steps for affordable housing, but not so much that every candidate isn’t still talking about that too.
If you care about how money is spent and who takes care of the city’s children, you should vote. The term has been a bit of a mess, but the Nov. 7 election can put the School Committee back on track.
Most people understand that money in politics is a worsening problem even though it seems to be happening far away. In fact it affects us directly, and local reform is critical.
A city can only be great if it has a great public school system. That requires a School Committee whose members work hard, understand the issues and want to move the district forward without needless delay.
MacArthur is quick to point out that the opportunities he had in Cambridge Public Schools, whether they come in the form of a recommendation for an honors class or the time to engage in an extracurricular activity, are distributed unequally across the district.