Opinion

Letter: Latin Quarter is welcoming

May 13, 2016
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In his recent letter to the Gazette, “Latin Quarter Name Change Risky” (4/29/2016), Frank Stone states, “The last thing JP needs is some thug or thugs who think only Latinos are allowed into the Latin Quarter.” He then expresses a fear that “we will retreat into cultural and racial divisions that took so very...

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Letter: Concerns remain for Allandale St. project

May 13, 2016
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We appreciate the Gazette’s continuing coverage of the proposed development adjacent to Allandale Woods. (“Abundant Displeasure Voiced over New Design of 64 Allandale Project,” 4/29/16) The piece correctly reports that the developer aims to spend 20 million dollars to build 20 units. The article also states that the units would sell for $700,000 to...

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JP Observer: CPA would bring needed benefits to JP

April 29, 2016
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Riddle 1: What would likely raise millions of dollars for the three core areas of affordable housing, historic preservation, and outdoor recreation and open space in Boston through a minor property tax surcharge and matching state funds? Answer 1: The Community Preservation Act (CPA), if put on the November ballot by the City Council...

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Letter: Divest from fossil fuel companies

April 29, 2016
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Seventy degrees in March was sunny and pleasant, but a daunting reminder of how fossil fuel use has set in motion a string of harmful changes. Students at UMass, Harvard and all around the country have it right—it’s time to demand action on divestment from fossil fuel companies. As a taxpayer, a teacher who...

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Letter: Latin Quarter name change risky

April 29, 2016
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When I moved to Boston in 1973, street gangs made up of white young men in South Boston openly declared that South Boston was off limits to black people and Hispanics, and they literally killed one black Navy sailor for having the nerve to violate “their” space. Parts of Dorchester were the same way....

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A letter to the mayor and city council on JP/Rox

April 29, 2016
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We are residents and members of neighborhood associations located in the area between Forest Hills, Egleston Square, and Jackson Square. This area is currently involved in a long-awaited planning process called Plan JP/Rox. Led by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Plan JP/Rox has held a number of community meetings since last July. The goal of...

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Op-Ed: Boston is going Fiber

April 29, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I recently announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both residents and businesses...

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Op-Ed: Motor vehicle license suspension repeal

April 15, 2016
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia On March 30, the governor signed into law An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension, an important reform of our criminal justice system. Previously in Massachusetts, individuals convicted of a non-violent drug offense automatically lost their licenses for up to five years, and faced a reinstatement fee...

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Letter: Airplane noise is a nuisance

April 15, 2016
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Being awoken at 5:04 a.m. by the thunderous noise of jetliners over JP has become intolerable. That’s the earliest I’ve experienced. The next was 5:08am. Many times the jets can be heard every 90 seconds, which is the time between takeoffs at Logan Airport. We must let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know...

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Letter: Bicon Dental is ‘a pillar’ of the neighborhood

April 15, 2016
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The latest flap over its occupancy permit is yet another salvo in a long-running smear campaign against Bicon Dental Implants by a group of narrow-minded neighbors. As I have noted in past letters of support to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), Bicon has become a pillar of the neighborhood. They first turned a...

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