I grew up in Cambridge. I went to its public schools from kindergarten through high school. My parents still live in the same house. For the record, I have never called it the People’s Republic. That two young adults from Cambridge are suspected in the bombings at the Boston Marathon has caused me to think a lot about the city I love and claim as my hometown.
A lot has been written about the fact that the Tsarnaev brothers lived in what some deem the most tolerant and accepting place in the country. I have had a hard time with this, partly because, as anyone who is from here knows, there are all sorts of people in this small city. You get to know this especially well if you attend the public schools.