Opinion

Letter: Thanks for covering police spying abuses

June 20, 2014
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I wanted to thank you for your truly excellent article “Police Spies tracked Occupy JP, Whole Foods protests” (June 6). Only by publicizing these abuses will people attempt to correct them. I have called the Mayor’s Office and the police commissioner and will be following up by sending them your article and demanding the...

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Editorial: Thank you, first responders

June 6, 2014
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In late 2012, the Gazette staff decided to create this annual special section of stories about JP’s first responders—the police officers, firefighters and EMTs who keep us safe, yet often work unnoticed and un-thanked. Since then, the months just before the special section’s annual publication have been marked by tragic disasters that put gratitude...

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Editorial: Another BRIC in the wall

June 6, 2014
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The latest revelations about Boston Police spying in Jamaica Plain are many, but they can be summed up easily: daily, even hourly, violations of the Constitution by a spy center with more tax money than sense. It’s easy to laugh at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center’s obsession with supermarket protesters. But it’s not funny...

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Editorial: Thanks to longtime leaders

June 6, 2014
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Two of JP’s great neighborhood leaders will retire this month. Both are the sorts of leaders whose name you may never have heard, but whose work has touched your JP life. Laura Foner, the children’s librarian at Hyde Square’s Connolly Branch Library, has helped educate and delight generations of kids—English-speaking and Spanish-speaking—with outstanding programs....

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Letter: Join Hyde Square’s 5K run/walk

June 6, 2014
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Our teens defy the odds. While obesity and diabetes rates skyrocket in Latino and African-American populations, the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners, ninth-graders in Boston Public Schools, lace up their running sneakers and hit the pavement to promote healthy urban living. For the past three years, the Hyde Square Task Force Rookie Runners...

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JP Observer: Join JP activists to expand the Bottle Bill

May 23, 2014
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The Massachusetts legislature failed to pass the “Updated Bottle Bill” by May 7. According to the rules, advocates now have just over a month to collect 12,000 valid signatures (or 22,000 total, to be safe) to put the issue on the general election ballot on Nov. 4. Right now, consumers pay 5-cent deposits on...

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Editorial: NACA’s home

May 23, 2014
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The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America’s post-eviction move to another JP location is good news for the local nonprofit sector, for the Jackson Square redevelopment, and for the stability of a nationally important organization that called out predatory lending before it was hip to do so—including when it was happening right here out of...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard detour

May 23, 2014
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We’ve said before that the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard should focus on shedding light on the existing bus yard plan and mysterious work underway regarding it. That goes double as its recent public meeting found it distracted by an interesting, but largely abstract, alternative location plan. The MBTA already said it...

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Editorial: Remember the living, too

May 23, 2014
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Memorial Day is a time to remember the incredible sacrifice and loss of war. It is also a time to reflect on how it is part of what made our neighborhood, our city and our country what it is today. The most obvious influence on JP is Monument Square, so named for the prominent...

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Editorial: Updating Hyde and Monument Squares

May 9, 2014
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The Boston Transportation Department’s revival of plans to improve the Hyde Square rotary is good news. The general idea of tightening car lanes and expanding public space will make Hyde Square much safer for pedestrians and create elbow room for local businesses and public art. For these same reasons, BTD should not give up...

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