With bicycle and motor vehicle crashes all-too common on the Boston University campus this semester, the focus now shifts from Commonwealth Avenue to Massachusetts Avenue. A slew of pedestrian accidents along Mass. Ave. near the new BU School of Public Health facilities has raised questions about the safety of the thoroughfare for the thousands of students and faculty who use it each day.
Over this last semester, I have periodically pushed the not-especially controversial idea that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were two of the finest Americans who ever lived ‘-’- men who led by example during the most tumultuous times in the history of the republic, and who could teach contemporary leaders something.
What an apt title for Christopher Santarelli’s column (‘A City Upon a Hill No More,’ Dec. 1, p. 5). The United States will certainly never claim this Winthropian title again if we pursue the kind of foreign policy Santarelli proposes.
With over a month to go before President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, the media are focusing on his cabinet picks. With the term ‘team of rivals’ ‘-’- a notion coined during President Abraham Lincoln’s administration, which relied on a contentious cabinet full of old foes ‘-’- being used to describe the new Obama administration, it seems the next executive may lead less on his own and more by consensus.
As the Hub deals with a worldwide financial crisis, budget cuts are causing pain for many city and state services. Despite this penny-saving attitude, the City Council Committee on the Boston Common is busy taking research trips to New York City and looking into new additions to the Boston green space.