For Boston City Council

By EDITORIAL  |  October 31, 2007

We regret that Bostonians can only cast votes for four at-large councilors, because JohnConnolly would be a welcome addition. He has thought deeply about a host of urban issues, especially education and how schooling ripples through a municipality. If Phoenix readers looking for guidance in next week’s election disagree with one of our endorsements, we hope they will vote for Connolly.

In the hard-fought district race in Allston-Brighton, the Phoenix urges the election of MarkCiommo, a life-long resident of that neighborhood and the executive director of the Veronica Smith Senior Center. In the years to come, Allston-Brighton will have to cope with the continued growth of Boston College and the unprecedented expansion of Harvard University. During the campaign, Ciommo has made his mark as the candidate best able to fight for the interests of his neighbors while simultaneously engaging the educational powerhouses as potential allies.

Learning from the Sox
The Red Sox’ second World Series win in four years gives us an undeniable reason to rejoice, especially in a world in which there are too often too few reasons to do so. There is, of course, the sheer joy of having watched the Sox play with tremendous élan and great energy throughout the season: the wonder of powerful pitching wedded to powerful hitting. But, in addition to the almost boundless pleasure so many have garnered from the Sox, there is an important lesson to be learned. Not too long ago, the unimaginative stewards who guided the Sox before the new ownership took over were unable to conceive of a future for the team without seeking government handouts and tearing down Fenway Park. How wrong they were. The Red Sox of the 21st century are a testimony not only to superb skill, but also to how wit, imagination, and vision can lead to new and historic highs. It is a lesson that the city should try to emulate.

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