Opinion

Letter: Faraone is right about canned speeches, but there’s a solution

August 16, 2013
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In reading Chris Faraone’s column “Is there an echo in here, or is that a stump speech?” (“Politics as Unusual,” Aug. 2), I could commiserate with him regarding our mayoral candidates becoming repetitive at different forums. I’ve attended two education forums so far where the sponsors insisted that attendees submit their questions beforehand. Only...

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Letter: Commons at Forest Hills project will eat up local parking

August 16, 2013
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The 289 residential unit project proposed for the 3-acre Hughes Oil site on Washington Street near the Forest Hills station will have only 168 parking spaces that tenants must pay extra to use. We know that people riding the subway to work have cars; high-rent, two-bedroom units are shared by two tenants often with...

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Politics as Unusual: In this blue city, conservative votes can still count big

August 13, 2013
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Unlike what we saw in Missouri this week, there’s no rodeo in Boston where a clown could please a crowd by sporting a caricature mask of President Barack Obama. Nor do we have gas stations with rebel flags flying in full view, or a Fox News fan store at our airport like they do...

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Politics as Unusual: A look in the mayoral mailbag

August 6, 2013
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Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like not too many people gave a damn about the Boston mayoral race. Even media experts on the local PBS show “Beat the Press” addressed the severe lack of coverage in our slog of a contest. Following the marathon bombing, the Senate rumble and a flood of...

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Politics as Unusual: Is there an echo in here, or is that a stump speech?

August 2, 2013
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About 10 years ago, I visited my old college friend Sam in New Hampshire, where he was tailing presidential candidate Wesley Clark to union halls and cafeterias, diners and barbershops. Sam was working for Democratic contender Joe Lieberman, whose team had stuck my friend with the sickly boring task of memorizing Clark’s cookie-cutter monologues,...

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Editorial: Policing the Casey

August 2, 2013
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Overlapping police jurisdictions in the current Casey Overpass area are already a longstanding issue that lowers law enforcement and frustrates residents trying to call for help. With the forthcoming Casey Arborway, plans to simply expand those overlaps are inadequate and amount to jurisdiction as fiction. Today’s Forest Hills nexus of the Arborway and Washington...

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Editorial: Business boosts

August 2, 2013
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The recent openings of cafés on former vacant MBTA parcels is good news for JP’s economy and street life, and a rebirth of vitality stolen by the failed I-95 highway project that seized some of that land by eminent domain decades ago. Simpli Bar & Bites on Washington Street and Café Bartlett Square on...

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Editorial: Church chess game

August 2, 2013
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority board is playing a smart game of political chess at the former Blessed Sacrament Church campus. It recently approved a controversial redevelopment of the former Norbert School into high-priced apartments. But it also made that approval contingent on the campus owners sealing a deal with the Hyde Square Task Force...

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Letter: Casey design is looking great—but western end needs work

August 2, 2013
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I’d like to thank the members of the MassDOT Casey team and their consultants, as well as the other agencies and officials there, for the outstanding presentation at the July 11 public hearing concerning the 75 percent plan for the new Casey Arborway. (“Casey design nearing completion,” July 19.) It was very informative and,...

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Letter: Casey Arborway will only add to local woes

August 2, 2013
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The following letter was sent to various local elected officials: The Casey Arborway at-grade plan is ridiculous and needs to be stopped. Traffic is terrible already during rush hours. I live on a side street that is used from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as a bypass for...

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