Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cambridge Chronicle on both sides with regard to City Manager termination?

Today’s Cambridge Chronicle had coverage on Malvina Monteiro v. City of Cambridge which reads like a highly qualified editor put it together.

They first page headlined the Appeals Court decision with an extremely well written article.

The editorial page featured an editorial, which may be read at It is a judicious and very moderate comment, including some very nice words about Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy. It tells the City Council to pay the plaintiff.

What stands out in my mind is the first sentence of the last paragraph, “Healy has helped our city greatly, but everybody’s grip on power must come to an end eventually.”

I was going to refer you to the editorial without any comment, but that sentence stands out. Please follow the link and decide for yourself.

The letters column was organized in a decidedly unusual manner.

The editor printed three letters.

The first was that of Charles Marquardt, a good writing to which I have previously provided a link.

The second was mine, calling for the city manager’s firing. I am not specifically printing this letter in this forum because, for all practical purposes, it is the comment I very quickly posted after reading the decision of the Appeals Court panel. To my great amazement, for the first time I can remember, he printed my full word capitalizations.

The unusual thing about the letters column is the location. It starts immediately below the editorial in the upper left corner of the editorial page, but only a headline and six lines of content appear there. The rest of the column is on the op-ed page.

In any case, please check the editorial link, Charles Marquardt’s letter, and my past statement of position on this matter. I hesitate to spell everything out again.

For your convenience, the respective links to the latter two are:, and, section 2.