Opinion

Letter: Thanks to Parks commissioner for park fixes

January 16, 2015
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The Franklin Park Coalition wants to applaud new Parks Commissioner Chris Cook for long-overdue park clean-up projects. The commissioner’s leadership means that the standard use of a beautiful Franklin Park hillside, Scarboro Hill, to store sand, soil, gravel and park debris has ceased. Visit the site! There’s a long view of the golf course...

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Letter: South St. Harvest should stay open

January 16, 2015
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The following is an edited version of a letter sent to Harvest Co-op Markets prior to the announcement of its decision to close its South Street store: I am a member of the co-op and value it on many levels. I also understand that one of its primary functions is to make money—and that...

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JP Observer: New law removes barriers to substance abuse treatment

December 19, 2014
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At a time when it seems government has been erecting more barriers to services for people in need, the Massachusetts legislature voted unanimously earlier this year to tear down some serious roadblocks to care for people with substance abuse problems. Gov. Deval Patrick on Aug. 6 signed into law a bill that will allow...

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Editorial: Olympics is making us spectators, not citizens

December 19, 2014
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The past week has seen a striking juxtaposition of discussions about the future of Franklin Park. Mayor Walsh flew to California to tout a Boston Olympics bid that Boston 2024 assures us would be a boon to the park—after it is used as an arena for the competitions of millionaires’ horses. Meanwhile, Franklin Park...

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Editorial: Happy holidays

December 19, 2014
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With the holidays here and the official start of winter on the way, we hope you enjoy this unique time of celebration and reflection. (And we hope you remember Mayor Walsh’s suggestion to shop local, too.) Hanukkah, the Jewish commemoration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, began Dec. 16. On Christmas,...

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Letter: The exciting bike season is just starting

December 19, 2014
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The headline accompanying the front-page photo of Hubway bikes being removed for the winter from Centre Street (Dec. 5 issue) states in bold, all-caps lettering, “BIKE SEASON ENDS.” Well, maybe it has ended for Hubway, but for an ever-increasing number of dedicated cyclists like me, the most exciting bike season is JUST GETTING STARTED....

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Letter: Airplane noise needs more complaints logged

December 19, 2014
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With all the air traffic over the past few months of jets departing Runway 27 at Logan, many of us in JP are looking for a way to let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know that: 1) we are highly annoyed, and 2) our area is being unfairly burdened with almost daily, non-stop...

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Op-Ed: Black lives matter: A statement of Jewish solidarity

December 19, 2014
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By Rabbi Victor Reinstein and Rabbi Howard Jaffe Massachusetts Board of Rabbis The Massachusetts Board of Rabbis reaches out in solidarity with African-Americans and with all Americans of conscience. We express outrage in response to the recent police killings of black males in our cities, two adults and a child, and deep concern over...

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Editorial: Thanks to JP’s Olympic protesters

December 5, 2014
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Thanks to the JP activists who have begun sticking up for our parks and all Boston residents against an out-of-control, secret Olympics plan. That they held the first community meeting about a Boston Olympics—and the only one prior to bid submission—speaks volumes about the validity of this scheme. In combination with community reporting by...

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Editorial: JP’s living tradition of activism

December 5, 2014
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It is impressive to see JP continue to be a font of high-profile political activism, with First Baptist Church serving as a home base to the local Black Lives Matter movement, and one of its ministers organizing peaceful demonstration tactics in Ferguson. JP has a long tradition of effective, sometimes historic, activism. That goes...

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