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Washington and Boston

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During the Kennedy administration, it used to be said Boston was a back door to Washington. That was probably true, because so many members of the Kennedy brain trust were educated or raised in Boston. That may also be true today, when so many presidents, Cabinet members and top advisors were educated at Harvard.

During this time of great tragedy for Boston, I ran into many friends or professional people who were crying for Boston. Many appeared tough on the outside, but the Boston bombings struck a nerve. I was one who could not stop crying, even as I was preparing my radio broadcasts and blog pieces. I was fortunate enough to go to college in Boston -- Simmons College on The Fenway. I spent two summers taking excellent courses at Harvard summer school, learning about politics, philosophy, and creative writing. I wrote articles for a tough editor at the Harvard Crimson, and rang the giant Russian bells with friends on Sunday mornings. This did not endear us to many hungover students! In the afternoons, I would row sculls on the Charles River.

I admit I had fortunate times in Boston, and my parents worked hard to finance it. It is even harder for the students now, who graduate with enormous debts. It is still hard to find a decent job in Boston -- competition is tough and the cost of living is high. It is said there are more Ph.d.'s driving taxis than any other city in the world!

But people are kind, generous, colorful, and resilient in Boston, and in the rest of the state. The Boston experience has contributed to some of the best aspects of Washington and the rest of the nation, and the world. The good people there will survive, but they did not deserve these attacks. They can overcome blizzards and bitter cold, but their good, innocent people should not be attacked, ever!