Opinion

Letter: A divided America

November 11, 2016
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We often talk about there being two Americas, the haves and have nots. The sad reality is that there is a division between the 99 percent. One half believes that there should be opportunity for all, that we should be a compassionate and enlightened nation, one that cares about the future of the planet...

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Letter: Lantern parade

November 11, 2016
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Spontaneous Celebrations’ 33rd Annual Lantern Parade around Jamaica Pond on Oct. 23 was JP at its best. Young parents who were brought to the event as children a generation ago had the doubled joy of sharing the whole experience with their own children—lighting their lanterns, showing off their costumes, trying the apple cider and...

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JP Observer: Four important issues revisited

October 28, 2016
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Maybe all neighborhoods have them, but it seems like Jamaica Plain has more than its share of issues that don’t go away. Now is a good time to look at a few of the crises that have turned into problems for JP and our city, state, and nation. This column has addressed these topics...

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Letter: How much hate language is OK?

October 28, 2016
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The Oct. 14 edition of the Jamaica Plain Gazette carried a photo on page 4 of the monthly Black Lives Matter (BLM) vigil held in front of the First Baptist Church. The primary BLM issue of ongoing police violence against Black men in this country absolutely needs our immediate attention. That said, the BLM...

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A Democrat for Bedell

October 28, 2016
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I’m a proud Democrat, and an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton for President. In my 13 years as an eligible voter, I have rarely voted for someone other than the Democratic nominee for any position up or down the ballot. On Nov. 8, though, I will be casting my vote for state representative for...

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Letter: JP voters face a clear choice on Question 2

October 28, 2016
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On Nov. 8, Baystaters will face a decision that could impact our public education system for years to come. If approved, Question 2 would allow for the creation of up to 12 new charter schools per year.  Massachusetts charter schools drain funds from public school systems.  For the 2017 fiscal year alone, Boston Public...

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Op-Ed: Early voting coming to Boston

October 14, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Voting in Boston is about to become more convenient. For the first time, registered voters who reside in the City of Boston will be able to take part in early voting, ahead of the Nov. 8 Presidential election. This exciting new initiative, made possible by the 2014 Elections Reforms Law,...

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Op-Ed: How Boston Public Works helps you

October 14, 2016
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While we may want to think that winter is a long way away, the reality is that the season is just around the corner. In order to keep our infrastructure winter-ready, our Department of Public Works has spent the summer preparing our City for snowier days. They have been repairing potholes, sidewalks, and other...

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Mayor Walsh learns from China’s authoritarianism

October 14, 2016
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Mayor Walsh seems to have learned about more than just climate change during his recent trip to China. Apparently, he also learned how to apply an authoritarian approach to land-use decisions. I am referring to the JP/ROX development plan, which is being rushed to adoption by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, while citizen...

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Op-Ed: Welcome back to school

September 23, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh On Thursday, Sept. 8, Boston Public Schools (BPS) began classes for their first day of school. I hope BPS teachers, parents, and students have had a restful summer, and are excited to start another great school year. I know I’m excited — I visited Boston schools throughout the city on...

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