The commissioner’s condescension didn’t end with the dismissal of citizen engagement.
Regardless of some blessed future prospect, the temporary truth is that the closing of Long Island is a nightmare.
As the weather cools, it's more important than ever to keep up on the plight of Boston's homeless, many of whom relied on services provided at the Long Island Shelter, which has now been closed for more than a month due to bridge infrastructure issues.
The day after thousands waited in the snow and cold for one last glimpse of Mayor Tom Menino, many more returned to Faneuil Hall for his Hizzonner's final send-off. As the media waited for the casket to be carried out, Bostonians scrambled for the few "Thank You Mayor Menino" signs available and rapped with dozens of police getting the route ready.
Sometimes you just have to suspend the fantasy that we live in a Utopian democracy, and bow to the king. Even if that king felt passionately that every individual should play a special role in their community.
Yesterday was such a time. Everyone who flocked to Faneuil Hall for the memorial service ...
I covered his administration. I would often stalk him by his black SUV in the horseshoe driveway in back of City Hall to press him on the news of the day. Some days, he’d be furious with me about something I had written. Other times, he’d shrug the hit off with a snarky quip. The man was not short on wit.
Menino presents a version of the past four decades of local politics that's absolutely entertaining, but should be taken with a pound of salt.
“They’re asserting a general police power to capture anybody’s image and process it for law enforcement purposes just in case they later turn out to be guilty of something. That’s not OK.”