Opinion

JP Observer: Streetcars would bring joy to Hyde Square

November 20, 2015
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Although Jamaica Plain was once famous for being a “Streetcar Suburb” of Boston, service on the Arborway Line to Forest Hills was suddenly taken away by the MBTA 30 years ago this fall. Despite efforts to bring streetcars back to the E-Line of the Green Line, they haven’t been seen south of Heath Street...

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Neighborhood deserves better from post office

November 20, 2015
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Jamaica Plain deserves a post office that operates efficiently and timely. For far too long, that has not been the case. The complaints run the gamut—rampant missed deliveries, forcing some people to pay bills late and go without much needed paychecks; receiving other people’s mail; sent mail arriving days late or sometimes never arriving...

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Giving thanks

November 20, 2015
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Thanksgiving Day is almost here. It is a time to gather with those we love, whether that is with family, friends, dogs, cats or just ourselves. Let us give thanks for what we have. If we have much, let us appreciate our fortunes and help those in need. If we have little, let us...

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JP Post Office continues spectacular service

November 20, 2015
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Let’s quit knocking the Jamaica Plain Post Office. I recently mailed a letter to Quincy, and it only took eight days to get there. I mailed an important document to Melrose last year, and it still hasn’t arrived. So things are definitely improving! John Stark Jamaica Plain resident

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Traffic woes at Forest Hills

November 20, 2015
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There is a constant multi-directional traffic jam at the corner of South Street and Arborway. The traffic on South Street (heading toward Rozzie) stops in the well-marked pedestrian crossing zone when the light turns red. Then no one can move in any direction, although the occasional driver will ease forward or back up a...

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Corporal punishment is wrong

November 20, 2015
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My educational resolution to encourage parents to refrain from using corporal punishment (CP) was included in a recent public hearing at the State House. As a psychological researcher, I raise the issue of CP because the evidence is overwhelming that it is harmful, and yet it needs more attention because it is misunderstood and...

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James’s Gate was a ‘third place’

November 20, 2015
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It has now been several months since we were all shocked to learn that the James’s Gate Pub had closed. And the sadness hasn’t lessened. Why is this, we ask? What made this local pub with peeling paint, faded sign, and not-exceptional pub food land into our collective spirit and take hold? Years ago,...

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Editorial: New blood

November 6, 2015
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We welcome newcomers Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi-George to the City Council. The changing of the guard at the Council allows new people to bring new ideas and perspectives. Campbell and Essaibi-George being elected to the Council doubles the number of women to four members, providing much-needed diversity and role models for the younger...

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Editorial: Olmsted Place

November 6, 2015
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The grand opening of Olmsted Place marks the addition of luxury units to a housing market that so desperately needs them. One cannot open up a newspaper without reading the cries of people bemoaning the dearth in the city of upscale living spaces with amenities such as a swimming pool. Some people might argue...

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Letter: Post Office

November 6, 2015
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It should work better. You arrive at the post office and you turn the corner and groan. There’s a huge line ahead of you. Today I arrived at 4:24 p.m. and left at 5 p.m. I had overdue birthday cards, a small package to return and needed to add postage to my letters with...

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