Opinion

Editorial: Happy holidays

December 19, 2014
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. (And we hope you remember Mayor Walsh’s suggestion to shop local, too.) Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, began Dec. 16. On Christmas,...

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Letter: The exciting bike season is just starting

December 19, 2014
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The headline accompanying the front-page photo of Hubway bikes being removed for the winter from Centre Street (Dec. 5 issue) states in bold, all-caps lettering, “BIKE SEASON ENDS.” Well, maybe it has ended for Hubway, but for an ever-increasing number of dedicated cyclists like me, the most exciting bike season is JUST GETTING STARTED....

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Letter: Airplane noise needs more complaints logged

December 19, 2014
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With all the air traffic over the past few months of jets departing Runway 27 at Logan, many of us in JP are looking for a way to let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know that: 1) we are highly annoyed, and 2) our area is being unfairly burdened with almost daily, non-stop...

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Op-Ed: Black lives matter: A statement of Jewish solidarity

December 19, 2014
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By Rabbi Victor Reinstein and Rabbi Howard Jaffe Massachusetts Board of Rabbis The Massachusetts Board of Rabbis reaches out in solidarity with African-Americans and with all Americans of conscience. We express outrage in response to the recent police killings of black males in our cities, two adults and a child, and deep concern over...

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Editorial: Thanks to JP’s Olympic protesters

December 5, 2014
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Thanks to the JP activists who have begun sticking up for our parks and all Boston residents against an out-of-control, secret Olympics plan. That they held the first community meeting about a Boston Olympics—and the only one prior to bid submission—speaks volumes about the validity of this scheme. In combination with community reporting by...

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Editorial: JP’s living tradition of activism

December 5, 2014
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It is impressive to see JP continue to be a font of high-profile political activism, with First Baptist Church serving as a home base to the local Black Lives Matter movement, and one of its ministers organizing peaceful demonstration tactics in Ferguson. JP has a long tradition of effective, sometimes historic, activism. That goes...

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Editorial: Shopping local

December 5, 2014
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This is a good season to shop local—and to appreciate what JP has to offer. The variety of unusual and wonderful goods available for local purchase is remarkable, as the Gazette discusses in this issue. And the business community is ever-active, whether it be a holiday decoration contest or shops teaming up to donate...

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Letter: Thanks for Connolly Halloween support

December 5, 2014
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The Connolly Branch Library and the Hyde Square community celebrated their 7th annual Halloween Party and Parade on Oct. 31. Over 100 children and adults enjoyed a costume party with food and fun activities at the library, before parading through Hyde Square and ending at the Blessed Sacrament Plaza. There, the Hyde Square Task...

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Op-Ed: A gentrifier’s guide to being a good neighbor

December 5, 2014
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By Susan Naimark The super-hot housing market in Jamaica Plain is a scourge to some and a goldmine to others.  If you’ve been around the neighborhood long enough, you know this isn’t the first round of gentrification, but the latest in a series of heat waves in the local real estate market. With condos...

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Letter: There’s no money for those JP T fixes

December 5, 2014
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It is all very well and good to ask for more service on the MBTA Route 38. (“JP Observer: Two for T: JP needs better service from The Ride and 38 bus,” Nov. 21.) The MBTA does not have enough money to maintain the current fleet. The voters in their infinite wisdom voted against...

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