Opinion

Letter: Cats belong inside

January 13, 2017
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Animals large and small typically live in our homes because we make that choice. Sometimes things don’t work out. In those cases, there are shelters that will accept and attempt to adopt those for whom it may be a wrong fit. I have a cat living with me in my apartment. He does not...

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Op-Ed: Helping Boston’s homeowners

January 13, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh When I ran for mayor, I knew I wanted to make Boston a city where every resident can afford to live, work, and raise a family. Since I’ve been elected, Boston has grown—fast. Our population is expanding rapidly and we’re expected to reach over 700,000 residents by 2030. Our tech...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice

December 23, 2016
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President-elect Trump’s Department of Labor nominee is a man whose beliefs and actions demonstrate contempt for the basics working people need to lead a decent life. As the head of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food restaurants, Andrew Puzder has repeatedly argued against increases to the minimum wage or overtime pay for the women...

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Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice, part II

December 23, 2016
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The appointment of the Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder will be devastating to working people’s health. Colleagues of mine at the NYC health department have reported, in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2016, that “A $15 minimum wage could have averted 2800 to 5500 premature deaths between...

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Letter: Thank you

December 23, 2016
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We sincerely thank ten local store and restaurant owners who contributed gift certificates to First Church Unitarian Universalist’s annual Holiday Fair. In alphabetical order, they are: Boing! JP’s Toy Shop Cafe Beirut Caffe Nero Centre Street Cafe Ferris Wheels Bike Shop KitchenWitch La Rana Rossa On Centre Tails The Dogwood Cafe The proceeds from...

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Letter: Bag ordinance a good idea

December 23, 2016
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I recently read that Mayor Marty Walsh is opposed to the idea of a five-cent store bag fee as making no sense. I beg to differ. It would definitely reduce waste across the city. I totally agree with the idea being pushed by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. It does work and I...

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Letter: Gettysburg Address

December 9, 2016
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November not only brings Election Day and Thanksgiving, but the too-often forgotten anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On Nov. 18, 1863, a humbled president gave from the heart an address to the nation on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—words that still have poignancy today. Noted for its eloquence despite being so brief, it was given by a thoughtful...

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Letter: Air traffic noise a nuisance

December 9, 2016
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Morning after morning, day after day, The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Control Tower directs thousands of flights off Logan’s Runway 27. That runway’s air traffic flies directly over Jamaica Plain after inundating South End and Roxbury then proceeding to Roslindale and Hyde Park. Most people know that planes prefer to take off directly into...

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Letter: The Ninety-second Samaritans

December 9, 2016
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The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I was walking down South Street toward Harvest Market when I saw a battery-powered wheelchair on its side on the sidewalk across the street. There was someone strapped in it. As I ran across the street, I held up my hand to stop the oncoming traffic and simultaneously pointed to...

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JP Observer: City effort would replace plastic shopping bags

November 25, 2016
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Plastic shopping bags litter our landscape. Inflated by the wind, they blow from tree branches too high to reach. Bunched up, they block storm drains. They improperly fill recycling bins, tangle trash disposal equipment and halt operations. They clog the bellies of sea creatures and birds. The petroleum-based thin bags cause an environmental mess...

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