Opinion

Letter: Gazette only gave one side of feral cat dispute

October 24, 2014
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I am writing to express my disappointment that your article about the feral/roaming cat colony being maintained on Greenley Place over-sensationalized and did not entirely reflect the ongoing situation (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Yes, I have been living with the cat colony for about eight years and yes, the cats have...

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Letter: Caring for feral cats kills wildlife

October 24, 2014
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I am confused by the logic of people who care for feral cats. (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Do they care at all about the wild birds—estimated to be more than 3 billion a year in the U.S.—and small mammals the cats kill? They should either take the cats into their homes...

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Editorial: Police communications must improve

October 10, 2014
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The Boston Police Department flubbed badly in waiting days to warn the general public about brutal armed robbers lurking at Jamaica Pond. Anyone will mess up now and again, but the really troubling issue is BPD’s persistent communications problems that are undermining its supposed community-policing strategy. Public trust is crucial, and things like this...

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Editorial: Take back the pond—and the Mounted Unit

October 10, 2014
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As virtually every local parks group is sitting down to talk safety concerns, a couple of other news items spring to mind. The popular Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade returns on Oct. 18 and 19. This family-friendly event is a great way for the neighborhood to take back the pond from crime fears. Spontaneous Celebrations...

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Letter: Vote yes on bottle bill question

October 10, 2014
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Given all the controversial issues facing us in the coming election, there is one issue that should be, in the common parlance, a “no-brainer:” a yes vote on Question 2, the Bottle Bill. The bill would revise the existing one to include bottled water, tea, sports drinks and other beverages, which now most often...

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Letter: Don’t blame bicyclists for using bike path

October 10, 2014
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To quote Yanira Kilgore’s letter (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path”) in the Sept. 12 issue, “…everyone uses this path.” Gee, I don’t know why bicyclists would feel they have to explain that it’s a bike path. Meanwhile, they’re moving, so it’s going to be quick. They’re bicycling, remember? I’ve done...

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Letter: Threats are no solution to bike-pedestrian conflicts

October 10, 2014
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The Gazette recently published a letter by Yanira Kilgore arguing that “dangerous bicyclists” need to share bike paths with pedestrians. (“Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path,” Sept. 12.) What constitutes as “dangerous” for Ms. Kilgore is her observation of a cyclist who, while avoiding hitting a group of pedestrians clogging the...

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JP Observer: A second look at ‘open floor plan’ living

September 26, 2014
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Jamaica Plain tends to embrace cutting edge concepts readily. Focus on the environment and shopping locally started decades ago, for example, and has expanded. But people in JP have also been known to dismiss popular trends such as building parklets in parking spaces. In that spirit, maybe it’s time to also examine more closely...

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Editorial: Egleston’s gentrification debate

September 26, 2014
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Egleston Square is now officially the latest front in Boston’s gentrification debates. It’s time for some real urban planning and a recalibration of JP’s moral compass. Egleston, and Washington Street in general, are among the last bastions of immigrant and working-class opportunity—in Boston, let alone in JP. In various locations, we see longtime businesses...

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Editorial: A boost for the arts

September 26, 2014
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The appointment of George Fifield, the JP resident who founded Boston Cyberarts, to the Boston Art Commission is a great move—and we don’t say that solely out of local pride. Starting over 15 years ago with the now-defunct Boston Cyberarts Festival, Fifield has been a local visionary of digital and interdisciplinary art. As a...

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