Another reason to distrust computers (Photo RADAR/Photo RED LIGHT)

The story below once again illustrates that towns adopting Photo RADAR or Red Lights just don’t understand the limitations of computing challenges int he real world (or, that they are greedy and lazy and don’t care about these limitation or the effect of their citizens). There are real and effective solutions available through long-tested traffic […]

Reflections on School Visits: Challenges in Education Today

“These neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children,” explained a distraught President Obama to a grieving public in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Indeed, as a public, we are all invested in the success of our schools and children– in times both of trial and triumph. Our neighborhoods and communities thrive when we […]

Reinstate the federal assault weapons ban

Aching for the Sandy Hook children and for the teachers who gave the last full measure of devotion trying to save them, many are asking once again what we can do to better protect innocent people.  To substantially reduce handgun and assault weapon availability, we need a federal solution. From the facts of the case […]

Preparing for storm surge

The risk of enhanced storm surge due to sea level rise is an issue that I am taking seriously as a state senator representing low-lying areas in the Charles and Mystic watersheds. I’ve been talking with a lot of people in the region about how to develop some consensus about the risk levels and move the necessary conversations about infrastructure investments.