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Editorial: The other Casey decisions

March 16, 2012
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The state has made its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and we believe it is the right one. But more important is that the state keep making the right decisions as the planning and construction move forward. The community’s many activists must remain involved to ensure that happens. The obvious next challenge...

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Editorial: Library work is overdue

March 16, 2012
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If the renovation and expansion plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were one of the library’s books, the City of Boston would be facing a heck of an overdue fee. The needs of the busy branch are obvious. Not so obvious are the reasons the City keeps ducking the project. The original improvement...

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Editorial: Happy St. Pat’s

March 16, 2012
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St. Patrick’s Day arrives on Saturday. Here in Boston, that means celebrating the enormous contributions to our country and our city by Irish immigrants. Immigration is a hot topic in America once again. There are valid concerns about security and the use of limited social resources. There is also a lot of scapegoating for...

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Letter: State made the right Casey decision

March 16, 2012
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As per the recent JP Gazette article “Overpass to be replaced by surface street network” (March 8, jpgazette.com), I applaud MassDOT’s decision to opt for the at-grade alternative. The amount of effort put into the project from working groups on all sides of the issue has been tremendous. I would like to give a...

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Letter: Malia fails to lead on overpass project

March 16, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: Your belated, obstructionist and divisive intervention in the Casey Overpass replacement project is very disappointing to me, as a Jamaica Plain resident and one of your constituents. Rather than taking the side of one small group of constituents against the majority who oppose construction...

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Letter: JP Library deserves renovation

March 16, 2012
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Please help to bring about the renovation and expansion of our Jamaica Plain Branch Library building on Sedgwick Street. In October 2011, we celebrated its 100th anniversary.  We should not have to wait another 100 years for it to be renovated and expanded. In 2006, the city published a study and master plan. It...

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Letter: LaRouche campaign should be ignored

March 16, 2012
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I’m not one for denying anyone the right of free speech, but when I see the Lyndon LaRouche volunteers show up in front of Dunkin’ Donuts as I did earlier today, I wonder if the store manager is concerned about potential customers turning away. I would be. First of all, the posters of Obama...

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Letter: MBTA budget solution doesn’t add up

March 16, 2012
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The MBTA has recently proposed two scenarios for attempting to solve its deficit problem by cutting service and increasing fares (“JP seeks MBTA cuts solution,” Feb. 17). However, both scenarios have a fundamental flaw, in addition to the obvious unacceptable social, economic and environmental consequences: They are mathematically unable to solve the problem. According...

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Letter: Need for homeless housing is high

March 16, 2012
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I am writing in response to the March 2 Gazette article “Homeless care project is back in court.” As a longtime Jamaica Plain resident that lives in the vicinity of the proposed development, I would like to express my strong support for the project. Permanent affordable housing remains a vital need for many—and that need has only...

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Letter: Looking forward to homeless facility neighbors

March 16, 2012
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I have lived on Iffley Road for three years, directly across the street from the proposed Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program facility at 461 Walnut Ave. I love my neighborhood. It has economic and cultural diversity, and my neighbors are caring, thoughtful and engaged. We warn each other about street-cleaning, and chat about sports, gardening and, most...

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