Opinion

JP Observer: Mayor comes through on housing, arts, staff

January 29, 2016
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Looking over the wish list for Mayor Marty Walsh’s new administration created by the JP Observer in December 2013, it’s exciting to note that he has accomplished a lot in major areas. The City made advances under Walsh in the critical arena of affordable housing, including for middle class people. Earlier this month the...

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Editorial: Council President Wu

January 29, 2016
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There is welcome news coming from the Council President’s Office. At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu, who was recently voted president, says she will be bringing more transparency to the Council. One of the ways she plans to do that is through improving the Council website, allowing residents easier access to information on hearings and...

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Editorial: MBTA, a grade A business

January 29, 2016
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We would like to commend the people running the MBTA for having a terrific business plan. The T continues to break down and have delays frequently, leaving the average Joe or Jane stranded on their way to or from work. One cannot go on social media without reading the pain, anguish, and frustration of...

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Letter: The end of Shea Circle

January 29, 2016
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The stumps of generations of familiar shade trees on Shea Circle are being ground into nothing. Shea Circle is no more. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is converting this site (the rotary near the gateways to Franklin Park and Forest Hills Cemetery) into the largest traffic signal controlled intersection in this part of the...

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Op-Ed: Gun violence has no place in our neighborhoods

January 29, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington, D.C., and stood with President Barack Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to...

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Letter: An open letter to our friends and neighbors of Jamaica Plain

January 29, 2016
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We write to update you on the recent substance abuse legislation unanimously passed on Jan. 13 by the Massachusetts House of Representatives. As the chairs of the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Health Care Financing, we both played an intimate role in crafting the bipartisan legislation to help those facing...

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Letter: Solutions to the post office wait

January 8, 2016
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I also have experienced the long, slow-moving lines at the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I have tried to make the best of my time in line. I often initiate long conversations with strangers who also wait. I sometimes do stretches and use my backpack as a free weight and do some lifts to tone...

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Letter: More delivery problems

January 8, 2016
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In this neighborhood mail delivery has been averaging four days a week, even during the Christmas rush. People with their names clearly visible on their boxes find their mail thrown on the ground or delivered to the wrong address. What the Sam Hill is going on with our post office? David A. Mittell, Jr....

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Letter: Better post office leadership needed

January 8, 2016
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In our fifteen years on Hampstead Hill in Forest Hills, we have had two people deliver our mail. First, we had the nonpareil Lynette Dion, who retired after 26 years with full honors from all the people and pets on our hill. Now we have Shawn Connolly, who is Lynette’s worthy successor: the mail...

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Letter: Taxes too high

January 8, 2016
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I am fuming mad after receiving my latest real estate tax bill. It is up 14.5 percent from my 2015 tax bill, which was up 12.2 percent from my 2014 tax bill, which was up 6 percent from my 2013 tax bill… and on and on accordingly. I am not one of these crazy...

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