Opinion

JP Observer: Gov. Baker twice rejects giving poor families benefits for newborns; Uses process devices to hinder funding

August 24, 2018
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette “Charlie Baker is a great governor.” One ad for him this month begins with a woman saying that. He is running for a second term, and his ads are flooding the local TV stations this month ahead of the Sept. 4 primary. The ad is full of...
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Letters:

August 24, 2018
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Why I’m voting for Ture Turnbull Ture Turnbull is the only true progressive in the race for the State Representative for the 11th Suffolk district. When I first met Ture he was leading the policy conversation about healthcare justice. As someone who has worked in the healthcare industry for my entire career, I know all...
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Op-eds:

August 24, 2018
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JP Progressives: Who we endorsed and why By Andrew Breton, Ziba Cranmer, Nikki Kong, and Kristin Johnson This year, JP Progressives created a member-driven endorsement process. It starts with a candidate questionnaire, forum in JP, and community conversation among members. Our Steering Committee makes a majority recommendation communicated to our hundreds of voting members....
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Here’s Looking at You, JP|Double-dipping & A Handful of Mini Surveys

August 10, 2018
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By Gustaf Berger Special to the Gazette Most mornings, I sit in front of Caffe Nero on Centre Street in the filtered shade of a honeylocust tree, observing, commenting on, and sometimes charting idiosyncratic behaviors. Do you: Use an umbrella when it’s raining? Wear sneakers with a business suit? Let your dog piss on...
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Letters:

August 10, 2018
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A different perspective on Sanchez Observing how the radical activists in JP are hammering Jeffrey Sanchez these days, you would think our rep has moved to the right of Trump. As a self-described “radical progressive,” I want to offer a different perspective. For the past 15 years Sanchez has been a champion of the...
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JP Observer: Trees on private property need protections

July 27, 2018
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By Sandra Storey Special to the Gazette Boston, with support from people in Jamaica Plain who care about the local environment, is starting to look at more of its forest and fewer of its trees, to paraphrase an old adage. Trees that are most visible and countable and have gotten much of our attention—street...
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Letters:

July 27, 2018
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Legislature’s budget secures provision to protect LGBT elders from abuse and discrimination Included in the FY19 budget that the MA Legislature sent to the Governor this week is a provision that would require the development of a training curriculum for the delivery of accessible and appropriate aging services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...
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Here’s Looking at You, JP/Give Me a Brake – and a License Plate Game

July 13, 2018
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By Gustaf Berger Special to the Gazette We surrender ourselves to “Gypsy,” our unerring GPS, to guide us from Boston to a friend’s home in Brooklyn. What can go wrong? We let her doze until we near New York, where we wake her up and follow her dulcet tones to – Brookville, Long Island!...
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Letters:

July 13, 2018
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Rep. Malia unresponsiveness In the June 8 Gazette article on a state rep forum, Malia “highlighted how proud she was of being reachable and responsive.” As a public health advocate and concerned citizen, I am concerned about a MassHealth (Medicaid) administrative policy that approves payments for unnecessary medical services. This violates state and federal...
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Op-ed: Massachusetts Faces Crisis in Community Based Reentry

July 13, 2018
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By Rep. Liz Malia and John Larivee Community residents, advocates and legislators worked hard on passing a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill this spring.   The goal of the bill is to divert more people into treatment instead of prison, make jails more humane, and reduce recidivism. The vast majority of people in prison will...
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