Best Lines From Today's Globe

I'm not sure if the Globe is trying to throw backhanders at the Democrats or if these are just accidents. All are from today's paper.

From a story on how Boston Public Schools don't make condoms accessible enough to teens:

“It’s sad,’’ said Samantha Brea, 17, a senior at Muriel S. Snowden International High School in the Back Bay. “The schools would rather focus on things like books and tests than things that are affecting us now and could affect our tomorrow.’’

Yup - hard to believe they still let books and tests interfere with the mission of the schools. Maybe the problems in Boston have to do with the Mayor being too old and feeble. That seems to be the point of another story, reporting on Menino's recent release from the hospital.

The 67-year-old mayor — the longest-serving in Boston history — will continue to receive antibiotics at home as he convalesces... The mayor spent Thanksgiving in his room at Brigham, watching the Patriots romp past the Detroit Lions and visiting with family.... Menino is no stranger to Brigham... Since becoming mayor in 1993, Menino has been hospitalized at least nine times.

Then, the Globe suggests using state money to bribe local governments in our "Gateway Cities" to start educating kids and to stop wasting so much money putting their friends on city payrolls.

The quid pro quo should be clear: State aid can be given in exchange for municipal reforms that pare waste from payrolls and apply tough love to languishing school systems, some of which are staggering under the weight of two-thirds or more students from low-income homes.

Staggering under the weight of the teachers unions and liberal education policies, they mean. Then, my pulse quickened when I spotted another piece on the op-ed pages called "This I Believe - Essays from Boston students on life and hard lessons learned."

THE FOLLOWING excerpts are from essays that students at Excel High School in South Boston completed as part of this year’s WriteBoston summer writing class. The students were asked to write about a personal belief — a take-off of Edward R. Murrow’s “This I Believe’’ series of the 1950s that has recently been updated by National Public Radio.

I fully expected to read some inspiring writing from the cream of the urban crop. Instead, I was left wondering about why they didn't help students with things like sentence structure in this writing workshop. The pieces include moments like:

Geniuses are not always intelligent or perfect; they have some ridiculous mistakes that people should laugh at.

and this:

WHEN I came to America, I was 17. I was hopeful about this new country with a new life, new things. But I didn’t know that it was difficult things waiting for me.

She might have known how hard it would be here if only she'd read the Globe.