Stephen Kaiser


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I have lived on Hamilton Street for 49 years, and attended MIT for almost a decade, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering. I worked for state government for a dozen years in transportation. I covered the Harvard Square riots as a student reporter.

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    Beginning on November 21, a small group of MIT faculty members  prepared a joint statement they planned to circulate on the Internet.  The statement was designed to allow other MIT personnel to sign on if they agreed with it.   Ten days later a political managers conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy school.  Both Cambridge events showed high levels of residual animosity that remain almost a month after the election.

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         The Boston Globe and New York Times recently reported on the death at 88 of Fred Tomlinson, a singer and leader of a group of vocalists on Britain's “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” TV comedy show of decades ago. What could be the possible relevance to our seemingly comfortable residents of Cambridge?


        Recent news articles have reported that the primary Guest Conductor of the Boston Symphony -- Christoph von Dohnányi -- had to cancel two planned performances at Tanglewood this month, due to the aftereffects of cataract surgery.   The BSO office assured the public that von Dohnányi would be conducting the performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on August 28 as planned.     

    On Monday morning June 13 MIT hosted a panel discussion on "Driverless Vehicles."  The panel was sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and a Boston advocacy group, Transportation for Massachusetts.


         For the past four days, as a home subscriber to the Boston Globe, I have received four newspapers in a row for the first time since December 27. This could indicate good news, that a major, unnecessary crisis for Boston's largest newspaper is coming to an end. Thousands of Globe subscribers had found themselves without newspaper deliveries, and problems continued for three weeks.





      The typical Cambridge resident has at least a vague awareness of our hurricane situation. Some plead overexposure and information overload. At the other extreme some citizens will wallow in weather weirdness -- overdosing on every trivial detail. When all is said and done, and the sun comes out again, what will we have learned from our hurricane experience? What did we learn from this past winter?




A hundred years ago, there was a huge bustling railroad yard in the area of Somerville, East Cambridge and Charlestown covering hundred of acres. It was separate from the residential and industrial areas we know as East Cambridge and was the sole land use in the extreme northeast corner of Cambridge. Then, as now, it was seen as separate from East Cambridge.


       The snow is gone. Winter has been defeated.  Spring is here and we can move on to new challenges.