Opinion

Editorial: Farewell to bike czar

March 27, 2015
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We will miss Nicole Freedman, the JP resident who long served as the City’s pioneering Bike Program leader. Freedman’s hiring was a legacy of the late Mayor Menino’s unexpected conversion to the bicycling gospel. She got Boston up to speed at a velocity one would expect from a former Olympian. A plethora of bike...

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Editorial: Avoid hasty school moves

March 27, 2015
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The apparent preservation of the Community Academy for another year is good news. But BPS should not be proposing the drastic options of school closures and moves at this point anyway. Such conversations should wait for new Superintendent Tommy Chang to take office and execute his vision. And it should wait for a solid,...

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Letter: Willing to join the dog-poop police if it will stop careless pet owners

March 27, 2015
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There’s a scourge upon our land, and it’s not Asian long-horned beetles, Ebola or the Boston 2024 Olympics movement. It’s dog poop. Recent warm temperatures and spring rain have uncovered these odiferous landmines in my Jamaica Plain neighborhood, particularly Franklin Park. The city plowed the walking paths there this winter, to the surprise and...

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Letter: Gazette is right about Boston 2024’s contempt for public

March 27, 2015
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I want to thank you for your forceful editorial denouncing the Boston 2024 cabal and their attempt to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston by stealth. (“The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers,” March 13). Their moves thus far show utter contempt for the people of Boston and for democracy itself, but only...

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Editorial: The answer behind the Franklin Park Olympics non-answers

March 13, 2015
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When Boston 2024 committed Franklin Park as an Olympic venue in its bid without telling anyone locally, that move was uninformative, arrogant and disingenuous. No surprise that its first, incredibly belated public meeting at the park was all of the above and worse. Boston 2024 is interested in Franklin Park because, from its godlike...

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Editorial: Mayor Walsh’s big picture

March 13, 2015
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Mayor Walsh’s commitment to long-range planning on virtually every front in his 2030-targeted system is to be applauded. Taking on the big picture is a massive turnabout from the previous administration, which in some ways had a healthy aversion to centralized planning, and in other ways merely replaced it with mayoral fiat. Meanwhile, the...

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JP Observer: How to really deal with winter’s roof and T troubles

February 27, 2015
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Ice dam solutions Fill women’s pantyhose with calcium chloride (ice melt) and place them on your roof so they overhang the gutters. Or do the same with men’s discarded socks. You will need either a low roof and a good throwing arm or a tall ladder that you gradually move around the house. You...

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Editorial: Supporting local businesses

February 27, 2015
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The natural disaster that was—and still is—Boston’s recent waves of blizzards has hit small businesses hard. JP’s local businesses are not only a source of pride, but a linchpin of the local economy. They keep dollars in the neighborhood, from paychecks to contributions to another key JP resource, the nonprofit sector. Mayor Walsh’s “Boston...

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Editorial: A good School Committee choice

February 27, 2015
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We applaud Mayor Walsh for appointing Miren Uriarte to the Boston School Committee. It is good to see that both JP and the Latino community that is a key constituency of our neighborhood will continue to be represented on the committee following the recent departure of Claudio Martinez. Uriarte shares and perhaps exceeds Martinze’s...

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Letter: Meeting needed on mail delivery problems

February 27, 2015
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The following letter was sent to U.S. Rep. Steven Lynch: Mail delivery in my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain has been erratic and unpredictable. ( Repeated calls to the Mark Stokes Supervisor of Customer Service at the 02130 post office have been fruitless. Complaints to the Boston postmaster have been fruitless, too. In 12 delivery...

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