Straight Talk will no longer be in Cambridge's Kendall Square, which is one of America's most active centers of business innovation and activity. Instead, it'll be at the other end of Cambridge, in the Fresh Pond area near the Alewife "T" station.
The new office is located be in a more convenient location where I can easily bike or walk to work, in addition to be reachable via a short drive. It's a place where I can contentrate on helping clients more fully.
The Globe chose to illustrate the letter with a photo by the European Press Photo Agency of President Obama and Vice President Biden listening to remarks by Mark Barden of Newtown, whose son lost his life on December 14, 2012. The photo was taken at the White House on April 17, after the Senate rejected the sensible gun safety measures favored by nine out of ten Americans.
Here's the letter with the photo selected by The Globe.
Path of pain: a drive through Sandy Hook, a stop at Boylston Street
TWO DAYS after the Boston Marathon bombings, I was in Fairfield County in Connecticut on business. I had plans to drive next to visit friends in the Hudson Valley. I was surprised to find my route would go right through Newtown and the village of Sandy Hook.
It was the afternoon that the Senate rejected sensible screenings of purchasers of guns. I was listening on the radio. I followed a bright yellow school bus in Newtown. Another bus passed going the other way on Connecticut Route 25. They were probably buses taking students home from after-school activities.
I had an urge to reach out and hug every student on those buses and tell them that we in New England will look out for them, more than ever before. But our Congress failed us that very day.
Twenty-four hours later, I was back in Boston heading to a professional meeting in the Back Bay, just outside the crime scene. I stopped at the memorial at the fence on Boylston Street at Hereford Street. At the time, the bombing suspects were still at large.
My heart was heavy with the sorrow New England has endured in a small town and in its largest city.
I want justice for the Boston Marathon victims in the courts. I want action for the Newtown victims in Congress. Without fail.
Last night, Marta and I (and a friend) viewed all three one-hour segments of Makers: Women Who Make America. It's a just-aired documentary on the amazing progress and sad setbacks in the fight for gender justice, civil rights, cultural equality, and protection from fear for women in America.
If you've got the time, it's a great documentary.
Makers covers the period from the 1950s to now, which means it covers my lifetime. The soundtrack is amazing, if you can hear it when you're not listening to Meryl Streep, who delivers the narration, and one amazing woman after another in recent American history. In their own way, even opponents of equal rights, like Phyllis Schafly, come off more respectable than ever before. I say this even though the show made me angry all over again that Schafly was smart enough to ignite today's culture wars by exploitng fears in America that nipped the Equal Rights Amendment just before it could be approved by the final few states needed to ratify it into the U.S. Constitution.
The counterpoint to Schlafly has to be the story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg working as an ACLU attorney for women's rights. We can be glad it is Ms. Ginsburg who is now on the Supreme Court!
The saddest part of the documentary -- which has a nifty free iPad app, by the way -- is how progress on public policy suddenly stopped when the ERA missed being ratified and when Roe v. Wade was adopted by the Supreme Court (it was 7-2 vote, by the way -- unthinkable now!). It's as if the movement went underground, succeeding in literature, in boardrooms, in families (some, at least), in pop culture, in offices, even in elective politics. But the legal advances seemed to sputter.
So it was a pleasure to discover the fight to protect women alive and well on the White House website this week. President Obama signed an extension of the Violence Against Women Act this week, and Vice President Biden, who championed the original bill 19 years ago in the Senate, made extensive and moving remarks to a remarkable crowd of men and women in the Interior Department building, because the crowd was too big for the White House.
I wish we heard from women themselves in this video, but we see a lot of hard-working women fighting for respect and protection under the law in the video. Joe Biden has never spoken better. Nineteen years later, he clearly remembers having his consciousness raised about violence against women. You can tell it in his voice and in the stories he tells.
A major advance in this iteration of the Violence Against Women Act concerns prosecutions of people (men, mostly) who batter and harm women on the reservations of Native Americans. The courts for indigienous tribes previously had no jurisdiction over non-Native Americans who commit crimes on the reservations. As of President Obama's signature to the law this week, that loophole is closed and men who endanger women on a reservation will now be subject to full prosecution, even if they are not members of the tribe on whose reservation they committed the crime.
Just read on Adam Auster's blog, Word on the Street, that the Town of Arlington and Cemusa have agreed to locate a new bus shelter at the Thorndike Street stop I used for inbound MBTA bus service to Cambridge. Great news. Left a comment on the blog.
And so the children come and so they have been coming.
No angels herald theur beginnings. No prophets predict their future courses. No wise men or women see a star to show where to find the babe that will save humankind. yet each night a child arrives is a holy night.
Fathers and mothers -- sitting beside their sleeping children's beds feel glory in the sight of new life beginning. They ask, Where and how will this new life end? Or will it ever end?
Each day a child arrives is a holy day. A time for singing, a time for wondering, a time for worshipping.
I wish I had more followers like the rapid-response -- and rabid-response -- gun crowd of Texas.
One little tweet about Texas' pro-gun atmosphere and the Texas gun enthusiasts are all over me for a few days. General sentiment: Stay away. Don't mess with Texas, dontcha know.
What happened? Well, I saw a tweet containing a picture of a "guns welcome here" sign purportedly for a Texas establishment along with a request that guns be holstered "unless need arises." In which case, by the way, "judiciopus marksmanship is appreciated." The photo was posted by Twitter user @TinaStullRacing.
So I made the perhaps indiscrete remark about the gun atmosphere of the Lone Star State and my antipathy for it. I used Tina Stull's Twitter handle in the tweet, which meant not only that she'd see it but also the people who watch her tweet feed would see it.
Usually when I tweet an opinion like this, I get zero response.
This time, several Texans responded. At least I know I'm being heard!
The total discussion appears below. To follow the time line, read up from the bottom.
The part that makes me question myself is Amado Delgado's comment that police don't carry weapons to protect the public; rather, police carry weapons to protect themselves. The suggestion is that citizens should carry weapons because police officers shoot only to protect themselves, not the public they are sworn to protect. I cannot bring myself to believe this statement has any truth to it.
I know it's all fiction, but in how many television dramas have we all watched police officers shoot the bad guys to protect a victim from harm or death?
The town I live in, Arlington, Massachusetts, has for many years been planning improvements to Massachusetts Avenue. "MassAve," as it is known to everyone, is the main east-west thoroughfare through the town.
The road has many problems. It is striped as a two-lane road, generally with one travel lane in each direction. But it's wide enough to be a runway for a small jet, and in practice it is used by cars and trucks, buses too, as a four-lane street. And fast travel, too -- maybe as fast as a jet on takeoff! It's wide because it used to have a pair of electrified trolley lines on it, leading to Harvard Square in Cambridge.
Bicycles, pedestrians, people waiting for buses, even dog walkers, have to contend with the vehicular traffic. More and more, motorists seem to think the road was built for them. But it wasn't. It's been around since colonial days. It's the route Paul Revere rode to warn in April 1775 that the British were coming. Reports say Revere and his companion, William Dawes, were riding on horses, not fast cars.
No, wait, that's not the question. The question is, “Shall the Town have four vehicular travel lanes on Massachusetts Avenue in East Arlington as now practiced?"
This is a question sure to divide the town and interrupt progress. So I spoke at this week's meeting of the Arlington Board of Selectmen against the request by Mr. Berger for an expensive town referendum that would be divisive, non-minding, and ultimately, rehash arguments already settled.
What I want to do here is present the text I read to the Board of Selectmen on Monday night. The outcome, by the way, was a 5-0 vote by the Selectmen to do nothing. That is, the request by Eric Berger for a referendum was denied. He has pledged to return with enough signatures from town voters to force a referendum. If he does, my stand in this statement will remain the same.