Opinion

Op-Ed: Make your voices heard

March 10, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez The JP Historical Society is one of my favorite Facebook pages. They have hundreds of photos posted depicting Jamaica Plain from as early as the 1800s. One of the best shows horse drawn buggies crawling along next to the pond – reminding us that JP was once known...

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Letters:

March 10, 2017
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Warren letter ‘over the top’ As I read a letter to the editor from a Jamaica Plain resident, I thought his letter supporting US Sen. Elizabeth Warren for standing up for all the smart voters in the nation was a bit over the top. Really, calling white guys supporting President Trump as “the last gasp...

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JP Observer: Election system problems at the root of Trump’s ‘win’

February 24, 2017
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Since Donald Trump was inaugurated just over a month ago, Jamaica Plain residents are joining people around the country to take action against his appointments and his almost daily controversial actions. Unfortunately, in addition to tackling his outlandish behavior, people who are concerned need to battle the convoluted process that put Trump in the...

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Op-Ed: Malia’s legislative priorities

February 24, 2017
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia Last month marked the official start of the 190th legislative session. Members of the Massachusetts legislature filed over 5,000 bills, and over the next two years, the House and Senate will review each bill to determine if it should become law. The legislative session begins when elected officials...

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Op-Ed: How we’re making Boston’s streets safer

February 24, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh In January, the busy streets of Boston became safer. As we dig out from this month’s snowstorms and prepare for spring, I want to remind drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians about our City’s newest initiative to make our streets safer: reducing the speed limit on streets in Boston from 30 miles...

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Letters:

February 24, 2017
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Space savers anarchy At a press conference on Feb. 10 Mayor Walsh declared that threats posted on space-savers would cause the savers to be confiscated. “I just made up that rule right now!” he added. The next morning my neighbor asked if I had security cameras, since overnight her tires had been flattened. The...

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Letters:

February 10, 2017
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The uncertain future—and response by American left From the Occupy movement of 2011 to the Bernie Sanders campaign, to resisting the Trump administration, the American left is now faced with deciding what to do next—or how most effectively resist and try to force replacement of President Trump’s policies, while strategizing and organizing towards the...

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Op-Ed: Standing up for our values

February 10, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh Looking back, I am so proud to be a Bostonian—and to be your Mayor. On Jan. 27, President Trump made good on his divisive campaign rhetoric, and signed a series of executive orders that are designed to promote American isolation, intolerance, and fear. Boston didn’t sit back and accept these...

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JP Observer: Local resistance activities are huge

January 27, 2017
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Starting with ResistARTS performances in JP businesses through the Boston Women’s March the day after the inauguration, local folks, often led by JP people and groups, turned out in droves this month to demonstrate and express their resistance to Donald Trump’s offensive policies, unqualified appointments, and outlandish behavior. ResistARTS is a new collaboration between...

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Op-Ed: Facing Boston’s gender wage gap

January 27, 2017
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By Mayor Martin Walsh When I first took office in 2014 I pledged to listen, learn, and lead. It quickly became clear that leading on gender equity was essential to our City’s success. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is important to our economy as a whole and businesses’ bottom...

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