Opinion

Letter: Dog incident shows contempt for elderly

August 2, 2013
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As an older woman, I frequently see issues of discrimination against and contempt for the elderly, but the latest incident made me so angry, I wanted to share it with your readers. The other day, I was walking my little dog around the pond. We were fabulous and Zen-like, but then I noticed a...

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

July 30, 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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Politics as Unusual: This ship needs a PILOT

July 24, 2013
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In a number of mayoral forums thus far, there’s been roundabout acknowledgment of the simultaneous benefit and burden that tax-exempt players bring to Boston. Aside from the Catholic Church—which, in case you’ve forgotten, covered up an Old Testament-worthy epidemic of pedophilia—our hospitals, houses of worship and other nonprofit cohabitants typically provide more good than...

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Politics as Unusual: Conley’s troubling record of clearing cops who kill minorities

July 19, 2013
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Word on the street is that the acquittal of George Zimmerman might catalyze a meaningful dialogue about race and power. In cities coast to coast, a conversation has already manifested, with the biggest protest crowds since Occupy uniting to express outrage and to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin. Around the Hub, it’s anybody’s...

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JP Observer: The secret of a beautiful parking lot

July 19, 2013
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It took me a while to realize why going to Stop & Shop in Jackson Square put me in a good mood almost every Saturday. Finally, it occurred to me that it’s good to get groceries, but it’s the parking lot the supermarket shares with Martha Eliot Health Center that makes the experience remarkably...

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Editorial: A Blessed Sacrament plan

July 19, 2013
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The acquisition of the former Blessed Sacrament Church by the Hyde Square Task Force is as surprising a win as the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation’s acquisition of it years ago. It will be as big a challenge as well. As the Task Force puts its money where its protests were, it should keep...

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Editorial: The White Stadium gift

July 19, 2013
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Mayor Menino and Suffolk Construction chief John Fish’s out-of-the-blue plan to renovate White Stadium is weird in a good way, like a guy riding around in a limo tossing hundred-dollar bills out the window to passers-by. Fish showed up in Franklin Park essentially offering millions of dollars in youth-oriented resources, and it’s smart to...

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Editorial: Mayoral neighbors

July 19, 2013
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The highly competitive mayoral race is already sparking long overdue discussions on many City issues. One of the best benefits is simply hearing from leaders of neighborhoods that don’t often share their experiences. In recent issues of the Gazette, you’ve heard from candidates who are important leaders in Dudley Square and Dorchester. Whether any...

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Letter: White Stadium rehab offers more questions than answers

July 19, 2013
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At a recent community meeting, as reported in the JP Gazette July 5 (“White Stadium could get $20m fix-up”), John Fish presented compelling statistics demonstrating the success of the Boston Scholar Athlete’s program, followed by vague plans outlining his vision for a renovated White Stadium as the program’s signature sports facility. PowerPoint slides not...

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Politics as Unusual: Conley’s troubling record of clearing cops who kill minorities

July 16, 2013
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Word on the street is that the acquittal of George Zimmerman might catalyze a meaningful dialogue about race and power. In cities coast to coast, a conversation has already manifested, with the biggest protest crowds since Occupy uniting to express outrage and to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin. Around the Hub, it’s anybody’s...

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