Opinion

Letter: Pudzer is a bad choice, part II

December 23, 2016
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The appointment of the Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder will be devastating to working people’s health. Colleagues of mine at the NYC health department have reported, in a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in June 2016, that “A $15 minimum wage could have averted 2800 to 5500 premature deaths between...

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Letter: Thank you

December 23, 2016
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We sincerely thank ten local store and restaurant owners who contributed gift certificates to First Church Unitarian Universalist’s annual Holiday Fair. In alphabetical order, they are: Boing! JP’s Toy Shop Cafe Beirut Caffe Nero Centre Street Cafe Ferris Wheels Bike Shop KitchenWitch La Rana Rossa On Centre Tails The Dogwood Cafe The proceeds from...

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Letter: Bag ordinance a good idea

December 23, 2016
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I recently read that Mayor Marty Walsh is opposed to the idea of a five-cent store bag fee as making no sense. I beg to differ. It would definitely reduce waste across the city. I totally agree with the idea being pushed by District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. It does work and I...

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Letter: Gettysburg Address

December 9, 2016
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November not only brings Election Day and Thanksgiving, but the too-often forgotten anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On Nov. 18, 1863, a humbled president gave from the heart an address to the nation on the hallowed ground of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—words that still have poignancy today. Noted for its eloquence despite being so brief, it was given by a thoughtful...

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Letter: Air traffic noise a nuisance

December 9, 2016
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Morning after morning, day after day, The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Control Tower directs thousands of flights off Logan’s Runway 27. That runway’s air traffic flies directly over Jamaica Plain after inundating South End and Roxbury then proceeding to Roslindale and Hyde Park. Most people know that planes prefer to take off directly into...

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Letter: The Ninety-second Samaritans

December 9, 2016
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The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I was walking down South Street toward Harvest Market when I saw a battery-powered wheelchair on its side on the sidewalk across the street. There was someone strapped in it. As I ran across the street, I held up my hand to stop the oncoming traffic and simultaneously pointed to...

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JP Observer: City effort would replace plastic shopping bags

November 25, 2016
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Plastic shopping bags litter our landscape. Inflated by the wind, they blow from tree branches too high to reach. Bunched up, they block storm drains. They improperly fill recycling bins, tangle trash disposal equipment and halt operations. They clog the bellies of sea creatures and birds. The petroleum-based thin bags cause an environmental mess...

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Op-Ed: Moving forward

November 25, 2016
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There’s no way around it: this has been a divisive national election. For many months, we have been following the presidential race, and in the early morning hours of Nov. 9, that race was finally decided. As many of you know, I supported Secretary Clinton. Waking up on Wednesday wasn’t the first time I...

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Letter: Standing up for BLM

November 25, 2016
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A letter in the Oct. 28 issue of the Jamaica Plain Gazette attempted to equate criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. I wholeheartedly disagree. I am Jewish and very critical of the history and policies of the state of Israel toward Palestinians and that does not make me an anti-Semite. The Movement for Black Lives...

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Letter: Also standing up for BLM

November 25, 2016
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In response to the (editorial) letter written by Mr. Spivak in the Oct. 28 Gazette, we, the undersigned clergy of Jamaica Plain, want to express our continued support of the monthly vigil in support of Black Lives Matter, words which themselves express a too often forgotten truth. Responding to racism, anti-Semitism, and all other...

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