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JP Observer: Gridlocked intersection sparks confrontation

October 26, 2018
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The JP Observer addressed the problem of traffic blocking intersections during rush hours in Jamaica Plain in March, asking for enforcement of laws that say drivers cannot pull into an intersection where traffic in front is stopped, even if their light is green. Not much appears to have changed since then, except some big...
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JP Observer: Want a better president, better elections? States need to stop winner take all

September 28, 2018
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Questions: How can we increase the chances we get the president the majority of us vote for in 2020—unlike who we got in 2016 and 2000? And how can we also benefit from fairer election campaigns focused on enfranchised voters in every state? Answer: Support Equal Votes efforts to throw out Massachusetts’ and 47...
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JP Observer: Gov. Baker twice rejects giving poor families benefits for newborns; Uses process devices to hinder funding

August 24, 2018
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette “Charlie Baker is a great governor.” One ad for him this month begins with a woman saying that. He is running for a second term, and his ads are flooding the local TV stations this month ahead of the Sept. 4 primary. The ad is full of...
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JP Observer: Trees on private property need protections

July 27, 2018
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette Boston, with support from people in Jamaica Plain who care about the local environment, is starting to look at more of its forest and fewer of its trees, to paraphrase an old adage. Trees that are most visible and countable and have gotten much of our attention—street...
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JP Observer: City action on approved clean energy program at a standstill; Councilor O’Malley objects

June 22, 2018
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A Boston City Council and Mayor Marty Walsh approved state program that would allow Boston residents to choose to get more electricity from renewable sources is purposely not being implemented by the City’s Environment Department. Local City Councilor Matt O’Malley responded firmly and appropriately this week when informed that the City’s Chief of Environment,...
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JP Observer: What’s in a name? When it comes to public schools, we need some new ones

May 25, 2018
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Riding a wave of new awareness that women and people of color have been unjustly ignored by prominent institutions, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) is advocating that some schools in the Boston school system be renamed for accomplished women and/or people of color. An audit done by BWHT shows that about 10 public...
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JP Observer: MA legislature asked to “Lift the Cap on Kids”

April 27, 2018
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Right now there are about 8,700 children and families in Massachusetts—1,400 in Boston—who are suffering because of an outdated provision in state law based on myth rather than actuality. That law—enacted during rampant negative stereotyping of families on government assistance in the mid-1990s—bars children born or conceived after a family starts receiving welfare from...
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JP Observer: Could someone please block cars from blocking our intersections?

March 23, 2018
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How many minutes does it take you to drive off your street onto a bigger street in the morning and later, head home for the night? Do you get stuck there at that intersection and others along the way, blocked by cars stopped in front of you—after your red light turns green? These are...
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JP Observer: We need to learn specifics about Russian propaganda

February 23, 2018
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Everyone on Facebook can check to see if they unknowingly interacted with a post from a Russian agency trying to influence the presidential race and American politics in general during the 2016 campaign. Facebook (FB) estimated before Congress in the fall that 126 million users were exposed to those posts and ads. In addition,...
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JP Observer: Ice activities here show vivid, recent climate change

January 26, 2018
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Crowds of people ice skated securely on Jamaica Pond daily in winters from the mid-1800s to less than 100 years ago. Thick blocks of ice were commercially harvested from it to sell locally and for export including by ship. The iced over pond supported trucks and teams of horses easily. Earlier this month, after...
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