Opinion

JP Observer: In traffic, a little kindness makes a big change

July 18, 2014
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Anyone who has lived here a while has got to have noticed that traffic has increased immensely in JP. Cars and trucks and buses line up for blocks on our main boulevards, leaving vehicles on side streets just yearning to get into the flow. In mid-December, in line at Stop & Shop in Jackson...

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Editorial: Lack of public bike park is the real crime

July 18, 2014
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The carving of off-road biking trails into the Francis Parkman Memorial parkland was an irresponsible act of vandalism. But plainly it was also a labor of love for a valid sport. The underlying cause is not some wanton criminality. It is the City’s and the state’s long failures to provide public facilities for such...

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Letter: Thanks for the farewell—and see you at the library

July 18, 2014
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Thank you so much for the article about my plans to leave my job as the children’s librarian at the Connolly library. (“Connolly children’s library to retire,” June 6.) My immense gratitude also goes to everyone who attended the celebration on June 9. The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library, the staff and a...

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Letter: Gazette is right about Curley House

July 18, 2014
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The final paragraph of your editorial about the future of the Curley House, “What would Curley do?” (July 4), struck a nerve with me. Few Bostonians realize that Boston has the best water in the world as a result of James Michael Curley’s move as governor to create the Quabbin Reservoir. We have the...

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Editorial: What would Curley do?

July 4, 2014
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The Curley House on the Jamaicaway should not continue to sit largely empty and idle. The City should find a way to revive it for public service. The mansion of former mayor and governor James Michael Curley has a suitor in the form of a nonprofit interested in a museum and event rentals. The...

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Editorial: Finding park policing money

July 4, 2014
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A recent horrible crime in the Arboretum, and reports of other crime in Franklin Park, are no reason to panic. But they do highlight a need for better policing in the budget-slashed park system. Parks are best patrolled by rangers, who, well, range. The funding situation is so dire, and absurd, that private funds...

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JP Observer: Curley House needs to be open again

June 20, 2014
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Outside, with its white shutters with cut-out shamrocks, the red brick mansion across from Jamaica Pond is eye-catching. Inside, James Michael Curley’s former home is gorgeous. Unfortunately, few people have entered in recent decades to take in the dramatic winding, open staircase and the glittering chandelier in the foyer. Few members of the public...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard: Just the facts

June 20, 2014
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The CPCAY has made the extraordinary claim that the MBTA is lying about the Arborway Yard and is plotting to sell it and build its bus yard elsewhere. Intriguing as this claim is, it’s mostly a complicated way of saying no one really knows what the T is doing. Someone in a position of...

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Editorial: Dogs parks are City’s responsibility

June 20, 2014
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If you’ve ever seen a nice dog park, you know what a great amenity it is, both for those wonderful social pets and for other park users who otherwise would be beset by off-leash animals. Of course, you probably have not seen one in Boston, where the city government continues to obstinately refuse to...

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Editorial: VA should support our troops

June 20, 2014
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A federal audit’s determination that the patient wait times at the S. Huntington VA hospital are in the acceptable range is good news, but it sure doesn’t feel good. A month to see a doctor is certainly better than dying while on a vile secret list, as happened in the recent VA scandal elsewhere....

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