Opinion

Editorial: A portrait in activism

April 10, 2015
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The near-completion of Janice Rogovin’s documentary about Carlos Arredondo is good news for those who know him only as the cowboy-hat-clad hero of the Boston Marathon bombing. Those of us who covered Arredondo’s activism in JP and elsewhere for years—and often saw Janice at work on the film—know his story is more complex and...

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Editorial: Review Bicon—and ISD

April 10, 2015
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Thank you to City Councilor Ayanna Pressley for calling out Bicon Dental Implants for its apparent straw purchase of a house against the owners’ wishes, and for calling for further review of its planned expansion. We will add that ISD’s treatment of Bicon should be watched just as closely. Bicon appears to have a...

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Editorial: JP’s Olympic answers

April 10, 2015
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That Boston 2024 chose to sort-of apologize for its disrespectful charade of a Franklin Park meeting, not locally, but in a friendly Boston Globe article is typical of its cluelessness. That Boston 2024 has done nothing to change its process—if anything, it has become even more secretive—is no surprise. Capping this is Boston 2024...

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Letter: Post office change process is disrespectful to all

April 10, 2015
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The United States Postal Service apparently intends to close our JP post office. (“Post office running short on time for move decision,” March 13.) We and our neighbors have made many efforts to get a straight story as to the reason and plan. One of us spoke to Postal Service spokesperson, Maureen, who stated...

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JP Observer: Thaw reveals more work to be done

March 27, 2015
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A new exercise program is being launched here this spring. Jamaica Plain resident Vivienne Frachtenberg called me last week to ask if I want to participate. She said it’s called “Walk and Bend,” and she started the program several days earlier. I confess I didn’t get the joke until she told me the equipment...

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Editorial: Farewell to bike czar

March 27, 2015
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We will miss Nicole Freedman, the JP resident who long served as the City’s pioneering Bike Program leader. Freedman’s hiring was a legacy of the late Mayor Menino’s unexpected conversion to the bicycling gospel. She got Boston up to speed at a velocity one would expect from a former Olympian. A plethora of bike...

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Editorial: Avoid hasty school moves

March 27, 2015
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The apparent preservation of the Community Academy for another year is good news. But BPS should not be proposing the drastic options of school closures and moves at this point anyway. Such conversations should wait for new Superintendent Tommy Chang to take office and execute his vision. And it should wait for a solid,...

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Letter: Willing to join the dog-poop police if it will stop careless pet owners

March 27, 2015
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There’s a scourge upon our land, and it’s not Asian long-horned beetles, Ebola or the Boston 2024 Olympics movement. It’s dog poop. Recent warm temperatures and spring rain have uncovered these odiferous landmines in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood, particularly Franklin Park. The city plowed the walking paths there this winter, to the surprise and...

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Letter: Gazette is right about Boston 2024’s contempt for public

March 27, 2015
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I want to thank you for your forceful editorial denouncing the Boston 2024 cabal and their attempt to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston by stealth. (“The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers,” March 13). Their moves thus far show utter contempt for the people of Boston and for democracy itself, but only...

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Editorial: The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers

March 13, 2015
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When Boston 2024 committed Franklin Park as an Olympic venue in its bid without telling anyone locally, that move was uninformative, arrogant and disingenuous. No surprise that its first, incredibly belated public meeting at the park was all of the above and worse. Boston 2024 is interested in Franklin Park because, from its godlike...

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