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The spirit of hack holidays lives on in Boston

The Boston City Council may be statutorily weak but it has the power to do away with the outworn tradition of not meeting on the Wednesday following a Monday holiday. The practice appears downright moldy in the case of so-called “hack holidays” — Evacuation Day (March 17) and Bunker Hill Day (June 17).

Even the hard-to-embarrass state Legislature saw the light in 2010 and passed a law requiring government offices in Suffolk County to remain open for business on Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day. Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy couldn’t override the Legislature, so he apparently did the next best thing this week by not scheduling the usual Wednesday council meeting. It was a sorry display.

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