Opinion

Editorial: Welcome to JP

September 12, 2014
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We welcome the many new residents who arrived in JP this month. For those of us who have lived or worked here for a year, a decade or a lifetime, there can only be envy for those who are enjoying their first experiences of the great things this neighborhood offers. A stroll around the...

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Editorial: Arroyo the right choice to lead court

September 12, 2014
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Felix D. Arroyo, a well-regarded local political figure, will be the next register of the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court. Voters made the right choice in electing him. Arroyo has a long track record as a progressive leader in Boston, including advising former Mayor Ray Flynn in the 1980s and leading the Boston...

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Letter: Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path

September 12, 2014
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I am a resident of Jamaica Plain and a taxpayer for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the federal government of the United States. I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised in JP and Roxbury. I am also a pedestrian who doesn’t drive or ride a bike. I walk and take the T....

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Letter: Join the People’s Climate March

September 12, 2014
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Dear Neighbors, Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon-neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than...

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JP Observer: On public issues, let’s not overlook the intangibles

August 29, 2014
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“If donors had their way,” an out-of-state college administrator told me in confidence years ago, “this campus would be crowded with benches. Everywhere you look you would see benches, many with plaques with people’s names on them.” The crowd stared out the windows, apparently imagining the scene. “So many people want the money they...

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Editorial: Remembering JP activists

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has lost two of the people who embodied and helped create what “Jamaica Plain” means today. Carlos Icaza was a classic JP community activist, working both in high-profile leadership positions and behind the scenes to improve the neighborhood for more than 35 years. Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno was among the many people...

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Editorial: JP’s great festivals

August 29, 2014
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The JP Music Festival returns next week for its fourth year. It’s a great grassroots event that reminds us how deeply diverse, talented and creative the JP music scene is. It joins the Wake Up the Earth Festival, JP Open Studios and the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade as among JP’s trademark community and artistic...

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Letter: Tolman’s policies and record reasons to vote for him

August 29, 2014
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I am writing to voice my support for Warren Tolman in his campaign to secure the Democratic nomination to become the next Massachusetts attorney general. For the past two decades Warren has worked tirelessly to fight for working families across the Commonwealth. I first became a Warren Tolman fan during his time in the...

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Letter: Why Tolman is the right nominee for AG’s Office

August 29, 2014
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In the race for attorney general, Warren Tolman stands out to me as the right choice, and the reason is simple: he will maximize the potential of the office by standing up and fighting for the people of the Commonwealth. So, how is the office’s potential maximized? Through leadership—a trait that is nothing short...

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Editorial: Legislative achievements

August 15, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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