Opinion

An open letter to constituents, community leaders, and concerned citizens

July 22, 2016
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As elected officials of color, we join you and the nation in the overwhelming feelings of sadness and outrage over the violence that occurred over the past week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas. We offer our prayers and deepest condolences to...

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Op-ed: Protecting vulnerable citizens in the budget negotiations

July 22, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia At the start of this year’s budget process, the governor’s budget recommended $39.5 billion in spending. Near the end of the budget process, the Baker administration indicated tax revenues were $750 million lower than previously projected, causing the legislature to lower their spending plan. This plan sent to the governor...

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Op-Ed: Congrats to our City of Boston Scholars

July 22, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Earlier this month, I was excited to announce this year’s City of Boston Scholars with my Education Cabinet and the City’s Scholarship Committee. We recognized 35 students from our high schools and neighborhoods, and welcomed back 70 returning Scholars. This year, the City’s annual scholarship process administered $250,000 in total:...

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Letter: Shattuck Child Care Center is needed

July 8, 2016
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Increasing access to high-quality preschool seats is a hot topic among elected and business officials locally, and statewide. Various advisory committees have suggested that public-private partnerships are one pathway to achieve the goals of increasing the number, quality, and affordability of seats. As members of the Shattuck Child Care Center community, we want to...

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Letter: Better bike infrastructure needed on Centre Street

July 8, 2016
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Moving here from Virginia last August, I looked forward to leaving behind my car to embrace the more ubiquitous and interconnected bike infrastructure of Boston. After all, we were rated No. 5 most bike-able US city of 2015 (walkscore.com). Throughout the fall and most of the spring, my commute to Roxbury has been a...

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Letter: Artists need to be paid appropriately

July 8, 2016
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I’ve lived in Jamaica Plain for 43 years (since moving here in 1973) and love the people, parks, and vibe of the place. We raised our two sons here and know the community well. I am writing about the Request for Proposals offered by the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Branch Library to display...

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Letter: Say no to financing atrocities

June 24, 2016
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In the world premiere of Eve Ensler’s “In the Body of the World” at the American Repertory Theater last month, the author/performer powerfully conveyed both her experience of cancer and the horrors experienced by women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the women of Congo she found a strength that helped her survive....

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Letter: Happy ending

June 24, 2016
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I live on Dunster Road. On Monday morning, my cat (Jane) somehow found herself on the roof of my three-story house. It was a hot day, and my roof is not shaded. I called the Animal Rescue League, but they couldn’t tell me when they would get here. Meanwhile, Jane was meowing pitifully and panting...

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Letter: Drivers are acting crazy

June 24, 2016
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JP and beyond is being brutalized by drivers who are thoughtless, selfish, and dangerously unwilling to curb their hostility. Two factors in driving—Constant Acceleration (more than just “speeding”) and Tailgaiting—combine like bleach and ammonia to create violent atmosphere.  Breathing space between cars adds much more positive conditions, mentally and physically. Safety says “reach and...

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Op-Ed: When we needed it most, the world came to Orlando’s aid

June 24, 2016
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By Buddy Dyer, mayor of Orlando One week ago, 49 souls were stolen from Orlando, murdered in an unimaginable act of terror. Hundreds more were injured or witnessed unthinkable violence. Our city remains in a state of shock, our hearts broken as we grieve for the victims and their families. Everyone in our city...

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