Excerpts from the Globe’s opinion and news analysis blog at www.boston.com/theangle.
Much is made of how Menino can be gruff, or how he yells at people with whom he’s unhappy. I never understood this concern, perhaps because I have seen it from an up-front and close perspective.
We’ve all gotten angry or raised our voices with our kids. Why? It’s because we love them and disagree with what they’re doing.
It was always clear to me that if Tom Menino cared about you, he would occasionally get angry with you. Over the years, it has happened to a lot of us, but I never felt it was mean or personal, but rather, it reminded me that, as a Bostonian, I was a small part of what he considered his extended family.
Though many aspects of Mayor Tom Menino’s tenure will be evaluated and reevaluated, one that doesn’t get much attention is how often Menino has taken on the federal government’s security apparatus — no matter which political party is in charge. . . Menino hates the liquefied natural gas tankers that come into Boston Harbor, believing them to be a potential risk to the city. . . On immigration, Menino has pushed back at both the Bush and Obama administrations.
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