Opinion

Editorial: What would Curley do?

July 4, 2014
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The Curley House on the Jamaicaway should not continue to sit largely empty and idle. The City should find a way to revive it for public service. The mansion of former mayor and governor James Michael Curley has a suitor in the form of a nonprofit interested in a museum and event rentals. The...

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Editorial: Finding park policing money

July 4, 2014
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A recent horrible crime in the Arboretum, and reports of other crime in Franklin Park, are no reason to panic. But they do highlight a need for better policing in the budget-slashed park system. Parks are best patrolled by rangers, who, well, range. The funding situation is so dire, and absurd, that private funds...

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JP Observer: Curley House needs to be open again

June 20, 2014
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Outside, with its white shutters with cut-out shamrocks, the red brick mansion across from Jamaica Pond is eye-catching. Inside, James Michael Curley’s former home is gorgeous. Unfortunately, few people have entered in recent decades to take in the dramatic winding, open staircase and the glittering chandelier in the foyer. Few members of the public...

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Editorial: Arborway Yard: Just the facts

June 20, 2014
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The CPCAY has made the extraordinary claim that the MBTA is lying about the Arborway Yard and is plotting to sell it and build its bus yard elsewhere. Intriguing as this claim is, it’s mostly a complicated way of saying no one really knows what the T is doing. Someone in a position of...

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Editorial: Dogs parks are City’s responsibility

June 20, 2014
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If you’ve ever seen a nice dog park, you know what a great amenity it is, both for those wonderful social pets and for other park users who otherwise would be beset by off-leash animals. Of course, you probably have not seen one in Boston, where the city government continues to obstinately refuse to...

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Editorial: VA should support our troops

June 20, 2014
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A federal audit’s determination that the patient wait times at the S. Huntington VA hospital are in the acceptable range is good news, but it sure doesn’t feel good. A month to see a doctor is certainly better than dying while on a vile secret list, as happened in the recent VA scandal elsewhere....

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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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