Opinion

Letter: Protect mother earth

November 25, 2016
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I know that many of your readers, like me, have been reeling from the election results of Nov. 8.  More than ever, we all know that it is time for us to take action to protect those who feel threatened by the rhetoric of the winning candidate. And it is time to step up...

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Letter: Counter argument

November 11, 2016
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In the Oct. 28 Jamaica Plain Gazette, Allen Spivack attacks the movement for Black Lives Matter statement for containing “virulently anti-Semitic language.” Apparently, he is referring to the terms “apartheid” and “genocide” used to describe Israeli policy and practice toward Palestinians. These terms have been used by many, including Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews to...

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Letter: Veterans Day

November 11, 2016
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Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have worn the cloth of this great nation. Countless ceremonies take place around the country as we honor our patriots who have protected our liberty by serving in the United States armed forces. As the director...

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Letter: A divided America

November 11, 2016
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We often talk about there being two Americas, the haves and have nots. The sad reality is that there is a division between the 99 percent. One half believes that there should be opportunity for all, that we should be a compassionate and enlightened nation, one that cares about the future of the planet...

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Letter: Lantern parade

November 11, 2016
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Spontaneous Celebrations’ 33rd Annual Lantern Parade around Jamaica Pond on Oct. 23 was JP at its best. Young parents who were brought to the event as children a generation ago had the doubled joy of sharing the whole experience with their own children—lighting their lanterns, showing off their costumes, trying the apple cider and...

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JP Observer: Four important issues revisited

October 28, 2016
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Maybe all neighborhoods have them, but it seems like Jamaica Plain has more than its share of issues that don’t go away. Now is a good time to look at a few of the crises that have turned into problems for JP and our city, state, and nation. This column has addressed these topics...

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Letter: How much hate language is OK?

October 28, 2016
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The Oct. 14 edition of the Jamaica Plain Gazette carried a photo on page 4 of the monthly Black Lives Matter (BLM) vigil held in front of the First Baptist Church. The primary BLM issue of ongoing police violence against Black men in this country absolutely needs our immediate attention. That said, the BLM...

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A Democrat for Bedell

October 28, 2016
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I’m a proud Democrat, and an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton for President. In my 13 years as an eligible voter, I have rarely voted for someone other than the Democratic nominee for any position up or down the ballot. On Nov. 8, though, I will be casting my vote for state representative for...

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Letter: JP voters face a clear choice on Question 2

October 28, 2016
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On Nov. 8, Baystaters will face a decision that could impact our public education system for years to come. If approved, Question 2 would allow for the creation of up to 12 new charter schools per year.  Massachusetts charter schools drain funds from public school systems.  For the 2017 fiscal year alone, Boston Public...

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Op-Ed: Early voting coming to Boston

October 14, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Voting in Boston is about to become more convenient. For the first time, registered voters who reside in the City of Boston will be able to take part in early voting, ahead of the Nov. 8 Presidential election. This exciting new initiative, made possible by the 2014 Elections Reforms Law,...

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