Cambridge Public Schools officials have taken a couple of good half steps toward transparency on calling snow days, but the two half steps don’t quite equal taking a whole step forward. It looks more like shuffling uncertainly.
Several recent City Council meetings have seen clashing orders proposed, or discoveries that one councillor has been preparing to act on an issue, some other member has gone ahead and begun intensive research. There’s probably a simple solution for this confusion.
In high-income towns such as Winchester, Concord and Carlisle, 80 percent to 90 percent of third-graders score proficient on the MCAS reading test. In Cambridge, only 65 percent of all students score proficient.
A cut in Pepfar funding would leave millions of HIV-positive people without the treatment they need to survive. It would also be a devastating setback for communities across the world who continue to be affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
More than four years after state voters welcomed medical marijuana, Sage Cannabis is about to open Cambridge’s first registered marijuana dispensary, noting “a legacy of stigmatization” leading to misunderstanding about the benefits of the plant.
A free, fair, open and affordable Internet for Cambridge is within grasp. All Cambridge needs to do is build one – and ensure its infrastructure reflects its own values and the needs of its residents, not the values and needs of Comcast, Verizon and Donald Trump.
I know what it means to be forcibly displaced from one’s home, but also how our country can be a beacon of hope for those who strive for freedom, opportunity and dignity. That is the American story. That is why I choose to see the goodness.
The commission should use its power to block the work of developer Equity One in Harvard Square, helping preserve our community while it grapples with larger political, economic and environmental challenges that are a part of its new reality.
With the inauguration of Donald Trump as president arriving Friday and the emotional effect likely to last all weekend, folks with dread of the coming four years may want to find a way to use their time productively or at least cathartically Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Can the School Committee manage to make it through a meeting acting like adults able to handle the responsibilities for which they’re paid by the taxpayers of Cambridge?