A city official was stirred by presidential election results to break the format of a standard municipal agenda Nov. 16 and offer a statement about civic engagement.
This presidential election didn’t reflect the America I love nor the values with which I was raised. But I’m not moving to Canada. I’m staying right here and fighting for the progressive values that I have always fought for.
Last week, those of us worried about Trump’s election were told “Don’t worry; Trump didn’t mean all those racist things he said while campaigning!” Now it’s “Don’t worry; Trump won’t listen to the white nationalist whom he named White House chief strategist!”
I drive. I don’t bike. Although I have voted in favor of every bike safety plan except one, I won’t claim to be the “bicycle councillor.” I won’t claim to be a bicycle expert. I admit that I’m arriving late to the discussion – but I have arrived.
Tuesday’s election results didn’t just upset the plans of Democrats and progressives.
Allowing parents of excluded 4-year-olds to enroll this winter in district schools with empty junior kindergarten and kindergarten seats will show Cambridge wants to be a city that’s affordable for low- and-moderate income families.
As committed educators in the Cambridge Public Schools, we ask you to vote no on Question 2 on Nov. 8. Some of the many reasons the $11.5 million being diverted from the city to charter schools, and the possibility of 12 new charter schools per year in perpetuity.
In terms of bicycle and transportation safety, Cambridge has regressed, even while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to build a better cycle system. Maybe we ought to ask the people who have already done it.
Sadly, this is the second time in a little over three months that we have to talk about the hazardous and sometimes fatal state of cycling in Cambridge, Boston and the surrounding areas – after two fatalities in squares that have been long-known areas of concern.
In further evidence the job of city manager was always Louis A. DePasquale’s to lose, one of his two competitors dropped out Wednesday. So Cambridge can expect more of the same in leadership, and that’s generally a good thing – generally.