July 24, 2012
The Muppets are well within their rights to shun Chick-fil-A after the chain restaurant donated to anti-gay groups and its president, Dan Cathy, made statements implying a strong, biblically-based stand against same-sex marriage. They're private, um, puppets. But public officials have a responsibility to carry out their ministerial tasks fairly and evenhandedly - and to uphold the principle of free speech - whether or not they like a business executive's social or political stances. We disagree heartily with Cathy, but are far more troubled by the reaction of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who vowed to block Chick-fil-A's effort to open an outlet in that city.
July 26, 2004 |
His office is far from grand, and the most prominent object on his desk is a sign that decrees "No Whining." There are no silver-framed pictures of him with famous people, just a shelf filled with toys in case his five grandchildren drop by. Thomas M. Menino, 61, this city's Democratic mayor, is a man of few pretenses.
December 16, 2009
Gun control is one of those culture-wars issues on which liberals and conservatives often don't even seem to be speaking the same language, let alone coming to consensus. Gun owners -- especially the hard-core enthusiasts who belong to the National Rifle Assn. -- are often thought to oppose any restriction on their 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Except that, according to a recent poll, they don't. The gun-control debate is replete with suspect polls and fishy statistical analyses, so when Mayors Against Illegal Guns set out to survey gun owners, it knew it would be accused of putting a liberal slant on the questions.
January 6, 2002 |
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has vetoed a measure that would have banned the use of the word "minority" in city documents. The ordinance, which the City Council had approved unanimously, could undermine protections for blacks and others in contracting, hiring and delivery, Menino said. "I am gravely concerned this measure will have far-reaching unintended negative effects," he said in a statement. City Council President Charles C.
November 28, 2003 |
Sail Boston, a visit by tall ships that has drawn millions of spectators in the past, has been scuttled in 2004 so the city can focus on the Democratic National Convention. Sail Boston's board acceded to a request from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who was concerned that the event, planned for July 10-15, would be a drain on city services so close to the convention, set for July 26-29. Sail Boston said it plans to hold the event in a subsequent year at "a more appropriate time."
March 14, 1994 |
Organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will cancel it to protest a court order allowing gays and lesbians to march. "They're not going to shove something down our face that's not our traditional values," John (Wacko) Hurley, president of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, said at a news conference. Hurley said gay marchers will be excluded when the parade resumes next year. But Mayor Thomas M.