Opinion

Letter: Why Tolman is the right nominee for AG’s Office

August 29, 2014
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In the race for attorney general, Warren Tolman stands out to me as the right choice, and the reason is simple: he will maximize the potential of the office by standing up and fighting for the people of the Commonwealth. So, how is the office’s potential maximized? Through leadership—a trait that is nothing short...

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Editorial: Legislative achievements

August 15, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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Letter: State government should divest from fossil fuels

August 15, 2014
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Regarding the July 18 article “First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels”: Right now, Massachusetts pension funds are invested in fossil fuel industries. This is wrong. We should divest from the fossil fuel industries and invest in other industries that do not contribute to climate change. Climate change is already affecting Massachusetts. It casts...

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Letter: Gazette is misleading about 71 South St. project

August 15, 2014
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The Gazette’s Aug. 1 story “South Street office-to-houses project shot down” misleads readers about the zoning issues at the 71 South St. site. First, the Gazette asserts that the “4,684 square-foot-lot…is zoned for a three-family house.” This is incorrect. In fact, pursuant to Article 55 of the Zoning Code, and as shown on Map...

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JP Observer: In traffic, a little kindness makes a big change

August 1, 2014
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Anyone who has lived here a while has got to have noticed that traffic has increased immensely in JP. Cars and trucks and buses line up for blocks on our main boulevards, leaving vehicles on side streets just yearning to get into the flow. In mid-December, in line at Stop & Shop in Jackson...

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Editorials: BRA reform

August 1, 2014
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The BRA “is in dire need of reform.” For once, that isn’t just residents, or political candidates, or disapproving judges in lawsuits, or the Gazette saying it. That’s straight from the Mayor’s Office, and it’s about time. Mayor Walsh is doing an outstanding job at checking items off his list of campaign promises. BRA...

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Editorial: The magic word ‘opportunity’

August 1, 2014
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Egleston Square, that great neighborhood where JP and Roxbury shake hands, is the latest gentrification hotspot that developers are sniffing around. At a recent meeting, the would-be developers of the Economy Plumbing building said the right things about “community,” and Tim Reardon of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association said smart things about “affordability.” Those...

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JP Observer: In traffic, a little kindness makes a big change

July 18, 2014
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Anyone who has lived here a while has got to have noticed that traffic has increased immensely in JP. Cars and trucks and buses line up for blocks on our main boulevards, leaving vehicles on side streets just yearning to get into the flow. In mid-December, in line at Stop & Shop in Jackson...

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Editorial: Lack of public bike park is the real crime

July 18, 2014
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The carving of off-road biking trails into the Francis Parkman Memorial parkland was an irresponsible act of vandalism. But plainly it was also a labor of love for a valid sport. The underlying cause is not some wanton criminality. It is the City’s and the state’s long failures to provide public facilities for such...

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Letter: Thanks for the farewell—and see you at the library

July 18, 2014
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Thank you so much for the article about my plans to leave my job as the children’s librarian at the Connolly library. (“Connolly children’s library to retire,” June 6.) My immense gratitude also goes to everyone who attended the celebration on June 9. The Friends of the Connolly Branch Library, the staff and a...

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