Blog Archives

Editorial: When ‘affordable’ isn’t

December 7, 2012
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With Boston housing costs at truly obscene levels, any foothold of affordability is welcome. The community’s recent success at gaining affordable units at 161 S. Huntington and the new pressure for them at the Norbert School are meaningful. However, we should not assume that “affordable” is affordable. In fact, it is often still quite...

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Editorial: Thanks for bus stop move

December 7, 2012
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The MBTA deserves thanks for putting aside red tape and relocating a dangerous Monument Square bus stop. As we noted in September, the stop was illegally placed across crosswalks, blocked the view of traffic lights, and prevented pedestrians and drivers from seeing each other. Instead of delaying for months or years more, the MBTA...

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Editorial: Welcome back, Mr. Mayor

December 7, 2012
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It is good to hear that Mayor Thomas Menino is out of his recent major hospitalization and rehabbing in preparation for returning home. We wish the mayor well and look forward to seeing him in JP again soon. The mayor has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, a serious, chronic disease requiring lifestyle changes....

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Letter: Thanks for supporting Taste of JP

December 7, 2012
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We are writing on behalf of ESAC (Ecumenical Social Action Committee, Inc.) Board of Directors and staff to thank all who were responsible for making ESAC’s 17thAnnual Taste of JP such a successful event. This was an important event for us as we also celebrate our 47 years of serving the community. The event...

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Letter: Gazette is right about need for planning agency

December 7, 2012
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I am so impressed with the balanced assessment of the 161 S. Huntington project in your editorial. (“Editorial: S. Huntington achievements,” Nov. 23.) Rarely are issues evaluated as fairly and as cogently as in your editorial. Your appeal for a freestanding planning commission is especially appropriate and overdue. Jeff Cronin Jamaica Plain

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Letter: JP Citizen was a friend to Franklin Park

December 7, 2012
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The Jamaica Plain Citizen was not only the newspaper of record for Jamaica Plain for half a century, it was a partner in making Jamaica Plain a better place to live as well. (“JP Citizen, historic newspaper, ceases publishing,” Nov. 9.) When Franklin Park had seemingly been abandoned by Jamaica Plain in the 1970s,...

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Letter: Casey Arborway is about money, not best solution

December 7, 2012
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It is time for JP’s silent majority to weigh in on the Casey Overpass. The public process on what solution will best serve JP and the region has not ended. With any project this large, the old saying, “The devil is in the details” is writ large. Now that real-world details are finally emerging...

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Letter: Citizen United ballot question skipped the details

December 7, 2012
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The Gazette’s summary of the Nov. 6 election gave a good overview of the issues we faced that day, but the descriptions of the Citizens United case and the corresponding ballot question missed the mark on key points. (“JP voters favor liberal candidates, causes,” Nov. 23.) The crux of the case wasn’t about “independent political...

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Soldier completes Army training

December 7, 2012
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Army National Guard Pvt. Angel L. Ortiz of Jamaica Plain recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Ortiz is a 2008 graduate of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and this year earned an associate’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston. From press materials.

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National Grid warns of bill pay scam

December 7, 2012
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The utility company National Grid is warning its customers of a bill-payment telephone scam being operated by criminals in the New England area. The scammers call a customer and ask them to purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid credit card to pay a balance or pay for replacing a faulty meter. The scammer then...

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