State of the State House coverage

Letters to the Boston editor, July 10, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 8, 2009

Adam Reilly made an erroneous assumption when he bemoaned the loss of State House news coverage with the downsizing of the Boston Globe. Fortunately, Boston is still a two-newspaper town.

Truth is, the Boston Herald stirs the State House pot more frequently than the Globe on a daily basis. On the publication day of Mr. Reilly’s article, the Herald led with a story on the politicians who fought for the Bunker Hill holiday, but ignored its civic ceremonies.

Look for the Herald’s circulation to increase in proportion to the Globe’s downsizing.

Bill Meyer
Charlestown

ADAM REILLY RESPONDS As Bill Meyer suggests, the Herald is still an important source of State House news. But the paper currently has just one full-time staffer — Hillary Chabot — inside the building. As the Herald and other outlets have pulled journalists from Beacon Hill, the Globe has been a welcome exception, which is why the paper’s uncertain prospects are especially worrisome.

Why no rights isn’t always wrong
With respect to your “Benign Neglect?” editorial, which tackles President Barack Obama’s failure as yet to advance the cause of civil rights for gays and lesbians: sure, we’re still in the back of the bus waiting for what Republicans used to call “special” rights to trickle on down. And we’ve made tremendous progress from the horror stories of what happened in the 1950s and ’60s. But why are we fighting for the right to be drafted in the next big war?

Jim Mileski
North Quincy

Planning the future of the BRA
Sam Yoon’s proposal to dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority and replace it with a City Department of Community Development and Planning is a very good idea. There are too many stalled and politicized development projects in this city. I’m interested in a candidate for mayor who recognizes the need for long-term vision and planning to make this city the greatest. Yoon’s background as a community organizer and developer is also appealing — we need to include community input in development projects. Getting rid of the BRA is a great first step.
Jessica Taubner
Jamaica Plain

Sounds like Sam Yoon is definitely going to win my vote for mayor. He’s the only person doing anything at City Hall! It’s about time to make Mayor Tom Menino’s cronies accountable to the public. I’m sick of the people of this city going unheard. It’s about time Menino had a real challenge. Good luck, Sam. It’s rare good ideas are heard at City Hall!

Jessica Leonard
Boston

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