Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bridge Builder

January 20, 2012
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(Courtesy Photo) JP resident Larry Rasky (second from right) receives the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Relations Award at a Back Bay ceremony on Dec. 13. Rasky was a key advocate for naming a prominent downtown bridge partly for Lenny Zakim, a former ADL New England Director. ADL New England officials with Rasky include: Board Chairman Michael Sheetz; Board of Overseers Chairman James Rudolph; and Regional Director Derrek Shulman.

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Editorial: Fund the T like a treasure

January 20, 2012
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Pay more and get less. That’s the pitch the MBTA is making to riders as it struggles to fill a $161 million operating budget deficit. Fare hikes that outpace anyone’s pay increases. No transit for people who work weekends or for tourists to and from the suburbs. A high impact on special services for...

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Editorial: Three strikes out

January 20, 2012
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but it sure helps get it passed. The state legislature rushed criminal sentencing reform bills through late last year without the usual hearings. The contents were largely simplistic, and ditto for the debate about them so far. The reforms appear to be based on suburban freak-out over...

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Ediorial: Welcome back, poets

January 20, 2012
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It’s great to see poetry return to the troubled Forest Hills Cemetery arts slate. The new series is not token, either. It’s an authentic big-name big deal. JP still deserves to know why arts were cut in the first place, especially as our tax dollars paid for a lot of it through the Massachusetts...

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Op-Ed: What is the ‘State of Jamaica Plain’?

January 20, 2012
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By Juan Gonzalez and Orion Kriegman, Special to the Gazette The 2nd Annual State of Our Neighborhood forum? What’s that? Last year, over 250 people came out on a cold Feb. 15 to gather in English High School for the first State of Our Neighborhood forum, where the elected representatives of Jamaica Plain shared...

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Letter: Paul is no progress

January 20, 2012
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In 2008, I voted for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because she had answers to questions and was easily the smartest and most experienced person in any room she was in. I could understand Obama’s appeal, but I wanted someone who could do the hard work we needed. Clinton did not get the nomination, and a not...

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Letter: Gazette missed church and family closeness

January 20, 2012
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To my great regret, the article in the Jan. 6 JP Gazette did not express the profound sympathy and deep respect members of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist feel for the Arredondo family. (“Occupy survives in churches, marches.”) Nor did it reflect the strong commitment many members of the church feel to...

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Letter: Old bridge could be a park

January 20, 2012
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I wonder if the Casey Overpass structure could be saved, saving the cost of demolition, to hold less weight, as does the High Line in NYC? High Line is a 1.45-mile linear park atop a former elevated railroad spur on the lower West Side of Manhattan, planted as an aerial greenway. The recycling of...

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Letter: Vultures are better than Mitt

January 20, 2012
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Companies such as Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital are being referred to as “vulture capitalists.” I don’t think that’s accurate. Vultures, at least, wait until something is dead before profiting from it by consuming it. If I were a vulture, I would sue for defamation of character. Robyn Ochs Jamaica Plain

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JP History: Franklin Park Zoo turns 100

January 20, 2012
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection) Two grizzly bears splash around one of the pools in the now-abandoned bear dens in Franklin Park, 1929.

This year, Franklin Park Zoo celebrates a milestone that many through its history never thought it never would: its centennial. “We look forward to welcoming and introducing a whole new generation of people to the wonders of our natural world and will continue to create fun and lasting memories for visitors of all ages,”...

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