Opinion

Letter: Friends of the JP Branch Library group responds

August 12, 2016
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We write in response to Allen Spivack’s July 8 letter entitled, “Artists need to be paid appropriately.” We think he is under a few misconceptions. First, the Friends of the JP Branch Library (Friends) is a small nonprofit that exists to support the JP Branch. We are an all-volunteer organization and spending $3,000 for...

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Letter: Vote yes on Question 4

August 12, 2016
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Far too many lives have been destroyed by our senseless war on drugs. Millions of people have criminal records for drug offenses that make it harder to get student loans, find affordable housing, and secure a good job. Even more disturbing, our drug war has unevenly targeted people of color. Massachusetts’ current policy of...

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Letter: Diversity of Boston Scholars

August 12, 2016
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In the July 22 Gazette, Major Walsh recognized by name 35 recipients of the City of Boston Scholars award, given for academic achievement and community service. Especially impressive to me, judging by the names of the students, was their marked diversity of ethnicity and national origin. It made me feel proud that Boston and...

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Letter: Stop state bullying of JP community gardeners

August 12, 2016
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Imagine a state agency cutting off water to a JP community garden in the heat of the summer? In some parts of the world, this could be considered a dangerous and hostile act. That’s what’s happening in JP. The agency that manages state assets is bullying our scrappy neighborhood association, pressuring us to sign...

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Letter: Vote no on Question 2

August 12, 2016
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Question 2 on the ballot this November considers lifting the cap on charter schools. It is imperative we vote NO and keep the cap. Charter schools directly reduce Massachusetts’ public schools’ funding and quality. Charter schools are funded with public money that would otherwise go to public schools. In 2015-16, the state’s public schools’...

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JP Observer: Translating harmony into justice takes work

July 22, 2016
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Porchfest in Jamaica Plan revealed an almost other-worldly neighborhood on July 9. Crowds of people of many colors, backgrounds and ages stood in attentive clusters every few streets, clapping for bands and singers and other performers, too. All afternoon, the grand mix of humans—some holding maps dotted with the 80-plus locations offering entertainment—paraded down...

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Letter: Time to pump brakes on Forest Hills development

July 22, 2016
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In recent weeks, every article in the Gazette has been about the BRA rubber-stamping one development project after another. Most of these approved projects had fewer parking spaces, less open space and affordable housing, or greater height requirements than code mandates. The proposed project at the former site of the James’s Gate Pub was...

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Letter: JPA likes new parking lot look

July 22, 2016
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The Jamaica Pond Association is pleased with the new look on the Burroughs Street side of the Bank of America Parking lot.  The chain link fence has been removed and replaced with a new fence, a buffer zone, and greenery, creating a structure that is in harmony with the well-kept homes and yards of...

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An open letter to constituents, community leaders, and concerned citizens

July 22, 2016
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As elected officials of color, we join you and the nation in the overwhelming feelings of sadness and outrage over the violence that occurred over the past week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas. We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to...

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Op-ed: Protecting vulnerable citizens in the budget negotiations

July 22, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia At the start of this year’s budget process, the governor’s budget recommended $39.5 billion in spending. Near the end of the budget process, the Baker administration indicated tax revenues were $750 million lower than previously projected, causing the legislature to lower their spending plan. This plan sent to the governor...

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