Opinion

JP Observer: Local man promotes and defends artists, arts

March 24, 2017
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It was while Stephen Baird was studying chemical engineering that he began to transform himself into an arts impresario and advocate. While a student at Northeastern he opened a coffee house on campus that featured live music. In one way or another, Baird, a Jamaica Plain resident since 1989, has been providing nourishment and...

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Letters:

March 24, 2017
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Water meter and privacy When the Boston Water & Sewer Commission sent notices seekking to enter customers’ property to install higher-technology meters, I requested a statement as to whether new meters do or do not contain devices potentially violating people’s privacy. The response was to threaten to shut off the water service, and with...

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Op-ed: Leaving the city for ‘good schools’

March 24, 2017
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By Andrew T. Jarboe In the coming weeks, thousands of Boston families will learn where Boston Public Schools intends to educate the system’s newest pupils. BPS is scheduled to mail assignments for grades K0 and K1 the week of March 20. Families registering children for K2 will discover their assignments by email the week...

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Op-ed: Don’t drape our iconic public parks in shadows

March 10, 2017
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By Elizabeth Vizza One of the world’s most livable cities, Boston is known for the iconic parks that comprise its heart, providing welcome open space in our urban environment while contributing to the physical and mental well-being of our residents and acting as a tourist hub to support our local economy. Boston Common and...

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Op-Ed: Make your voices heard

March 10, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez The JP Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known...

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Letters:

March 10, 2017
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Warren letter ‘over the top’ As I read a letter to the editor from a Jamaica Plain resident, I thought his letter supporting US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for standing up for all the smart voters in the nation was a bit over the top. Really, calling white guys supporting President Trump as “the last gasp...

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JP Observer: Election system problems at the root of Trump’s ‘win’

February 24, 2017
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Since Donald Trump was inaugurated just over a month ago, Jamaica Plain residents are joining people around the country to take action against his appointments and his almost daily controversial actions. Unfortunately, in addition to tackling his outlandish behavior, people who are concerned need to battle the convoluted process that put Trump in the...

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Op-Ed: Malia’s legislative priorities

February 24, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia Last month marked the official start of the 190th legislative session. Members of the Massachusetts legislature filed over 5,000 bills, and over the next two years, the House and Senate will review each bill to determine if it should become law. The legislative session begins when elected officials...

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Op-Ed: How we’re making Boston’s streets safer

February 24, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30 miles...

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Letters:

February 24, 2017
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Space savers anarchy At a press conference on Feb. 10 Mayor Walsh declared that threats posted on space-savers would cause the savers to be confiscated. “I just made up that rule right now!” he added. The next morning my neighbor asked if I had security cameras, since overnight her tires had been flattened. The...

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