Opinion

Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 30, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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JP Observer: How JP activists created the Southwest Corridor

August 30, 2013
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No wonder Jamaica Plain residents speak and act as though they can have some control of what happens in the neighborhood. Starting 49 years ago, local people along the Southwest Corridor banded together to stop a highway from splitting the neighborhood. Then they persuaded government to move the elevated Orange Line from over Washington...

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Editorial: Summer’s last gasp

August 30, 2013
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The forecast for the Labor Day weekend is for sunny and warm weather, a perfect combination for outdoor activity of all kinds on the official last weekend of summer. As we look back at the past three months, it seems as if it were just yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of the...

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Editorial: School’s back

August 30, 2013
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School either already has begun or will be back in session shortly in communities  all across the state, and that means motorists who have become accustomed to child-free streets during the morning commute once again must become eagle-eyed and on the lookout for children and school buses on our roadways. The start of a...

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Letter: Thanks for Stone House support

August 30, 2013
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We recently completed our 18th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors. Our goal this year was to raise $175,000. I am elated to share that we have raised over $200,000 to date, making this year’s...

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Letter: JP’s kindness shows in helping lost dog go home

August 30, 2013
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While I was outside gardening on a recent Sunday, a very sweet, friendly dog I hadn’t seen before appeared. He had no collar or visible ID, although it was obvious that he was healthy and well cared for. My husband got him some water and I called a neighbor, who kindly brought over a...

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Letter: BTD’s ‘fingerprints’ on Casey project show stacked deck

August 30, 2013
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Thank you to the Gazette for the revealing article, “City officials secretly invited people to Casey meeting (Aug. 16).” I laughed at Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Tinlin’s “explanation” of why the BTD and Boston Redevelopment Authority would single out individuals who support the at-grade scheme eliminating the Casey Overpass and call them to make...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 27, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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Politics as Unusual: ‘Ed reform’ cash makes Connolly biggest threat to BPS

August 20, 2013
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I didn’t plan on writing about schools this week. I already had another column mostly finished when I woke up today and found a whopper in the Boston Globe titled, “$500,000 push for Connolly planned.” It’s a piece about how Stand for Children, an Oregon-based nonprofit that alleges to foster education reform, plans to...

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

August 16, 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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