Opinion

Letter: Service at JP Post Office not so bad

December 4, 2015
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If we compare our post office efficiency with other Boston branches, I think the JP branch is serving us very well. The idea that we cannot wait a few minutes to be served, reflects a general impatience that is surfacing more and more in our society. No one is waiting hours for their turns...

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Letter: A traffic solution

December 4, 2015
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As a 15-year resident of Perkins Street and a daily dog walker in the Emerald Necklace park system, I have long had an idea that I think would alleviate several concerns at once. Perkins Street between Pondview Avenue and Jamaicaway should be three lanes (there is room, I’ve seen it during construction, and the...

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Letter: Open letter to several state senators

December 4, 2015
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An open letter to state Sen. President Stanley Rosenberg and state Sens. Ben Downing, Anne Gobi, John Keenan, Barbara L’Italien, Karen Spilka, Michael Barrett, Eileen Donoghue, Richard Ross, and Dan Wolf: I write as a member of the Boston Alliance for Water Justice and as a Jewish American, a resident of Jamaica Plain, and...

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JP Observer: Streetcars would bring joy to Hyde Square

November 20, 2015
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Although Jamaica Plain was once famous for being a “Streetcar Suburb” of Boston, service on the Arborway Line to Forest Hills was suddenly taken away by the MBTA 30 years ago this fall. Despite efforts to bring streetcars back to the E-Line of the Green Line, they haven’t been seen south of Heath Street...

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Neighborhood deserves better from post office

November 20, 2015
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Jamaica Plain deserves a post office that operates efficiently and timely. For far too long, that has not been the case. The complaints run the gamut—rampant missed deliveries, forcing some people to pay bills late and go without much needed paychecks; receiving other people’s mail; sent mail arriving days late or sometimes never arriving...

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Giving thanks

November 20, 2015
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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. It is a time to gather with those we love, whether that is with family, friends, dogs, cats or just ourselves. Let us give thanks for what we have. If we have much, let us appreciate our fortunes and help those in need. If we have little, let us...

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JP Post Office continues spectacular service

November 20, 2015
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Let’s quit knocking the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I recently mailed a letter to Quincy, and it only took eight days to get there. I mailed an important document to Melrose last year, and it still hasn’t arrived. So things are definitely improving! John Stark Jamaica Plain resident

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Traffic woes at Forest Hills

November 20, 2015
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There is a constant multi-directional traffic jam at the corner of South Street and Arborway. The traffic on South Street (heading toward Rozzie) stops in the well-marked pedestrian crossing zone when the light turns red. Then no one can move in any direction, although the occasional driver will ease forward or back up a...

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Corporal punishment is wrong

November 20, 2015
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My educational resolution to encourage parents to refrain from using corporal punishment (CP) was included in a recent public hearing at the State House. As a psychological researcher, I raise the issue of CP because the evidence is overwhelming that it is harmful, and yet it needs more attention because it is misunderstood and...

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James’s Gate was a ‘third place’

November 20, 2015
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It has now been several months since we were all shocked to learn that the James’s Gate Pub had closed. And the sadness hasn’t lessened. Why is this, we ask? What made this local pub with peeling paint, faded sign, and not-exceptional pub food land into our collective spirit and take hold? Years ago,...

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