Opinion

Op-Ed: Discipline in schools

May 27, 2016
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By Andrew Gove, Shearer-Cantrell, Daisy Miranda Cardoso, and Tzuyu Chen Research done through the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCREJ) shows that Massachusetts’ students missed at least 208,605 days in the classroom due to disciplinary removal in the 2012 to 2013 school year. While fair and firm discipline is necessary to...

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Op-Ed: House budget supports mental health and substance abuse funding and boosts critical services

May 13, 2016
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Every year, the Massachusetts House begins the budget process by receiving the governor’s proposed budget. The House adjusts the budget to include items most needed by constituents. As chair of the Committee Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Boston’s 11th Suffolk District state representative, I heard your concerns and advocated for initiatives that will...

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BRA: A litmus test for the BRA

May 13, 2016
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The 64 Allandale St. project is a litmus test for the Boston Redevelopment Authority—is it the old agency, working primarily for the rich and powerful developers in the city or is it the new, transparent organization that is responsive to the concerns of common citizens? It appears that it is the former, as the...

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Editorial: The BRA—a little less asinine

May 13, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently fixed an illogical irregularity that the proposed project on Mission Hill at 1470 Tremont St. brought to light. Before that project, the BRA did not have a policy on whether existing units on site would count towards the affordable-housing requirement of a new development. Taken to an extreme example,...

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Letter: Allandale St. project deserves green light

May 13, 2016
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Thank you for covering the controversy over the proposed development at 64 Allandale St. It is important to note a few things at the start of discussing the issue. First, something will be built on this privately-owned land and second, the proposal will not, as is implied by some, result in building on or...

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Letter: Early ed school funding crucial

May 13, 2016
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When we returned to Boston a year and a half ago, my son got a slot at the West Zone Early Learning Center in Jamaica Plain midway through his K2 year last year. He’s now a first grader there, and we are thrilled with the school and with the extended learning time he gets...

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Letter: Latin Quarter is welcoming

May 13, 2016
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In his recent letter to the Gazette, “Latin Quarter Name Change Risky” (4/29/2016), Frank Stone states, “The last thing JP needs is some thug or thugs who think only Latinos are allowed into the Latin Quarter.” He then expresses a fear that “we will retreat into cultural and racial divisions that took so very...

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Letter: Concerns remain for Allandale St. project

May 13, 2016
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We appreciate the Gazette’s continuing coverage of the proposed development adjacent to Allandale Woods. (“Abundant Displeasure Voiced over New Design of 64 Allandale Project,” 4/29/16) The piece correctly reports that the developer aims to spend 20 million dollars to build 20 units. The article also states that the units would sell for $700,000 to...

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JP Observer: CPA would bring needed benefits to JP

April 29, 2016
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Riddle 1: What would likely raise millions of dollars for the three core areas of affordable housing, historic preservation, and outdoor recreation and open space in Boston through a minor property tax surcharge and matching state funds? Answer 1: The Community Preservation Act (CPA), if put on the November ballot by the City Council...

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Letter: Divest from fossil fuel companies

April 29, 2016
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Seventy degrees in March was sunny and pleasant, but a daunting reminder of how fossil fuel use has set in motion a string of harmful changes. Students at UMass, Harvard and all around the country have it right—it’s time to demand action on divestment from fossil fuel companies. As a taxpayer, a teacher who...

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