Opinion

JP Observer: Tree removal needs regulation

January 30, 2015
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In what is just the latest in several tree massacres in Jamaica Plain in the past decade, the MBTA cleared the proposed Southwest Corridor Park Greenway Extension near Washington Street of most of its trees last month without informing or getting input from neighbors or groups. Wholesale chopping down of trees on private and...

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Editorial: A Casey Arborway beginning

January 30, 2015
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The start of the Casey Arborway project is good news. It will replace the hulking Casey Overpass with a greener, less expensive road system, and we believe that will be a long-lasting asset to JP. Construction also will be a big pain in the neck, and MassDOT should provide better, more straight-talking information about...

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Editorial: Up-close with Olympics elitism

January 30, 2015
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Predictable as its land-grabby nature is, Boston 2024’s Olympic plans are still an elitist stunner to finally see up-close. Booting great events from Franklin Park to tear up the golf course for horse-racing is just a small part of a plan that includes seizing a chunk of South Boston for a stadium and renaming...

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Letter: Casey protesters were rude and juvenile

January 30, 2015
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At MassDOT’s Jan. 21 informational meeting on construction plans for the Casey Arborway, I was appalled by the rude, mean-spirited, uncivil and even profane shouted accusations directed at officials attempting to convey this vital information. It was of course also inflicted upon those of us in attendance hoping to learn more, stifling participation by...

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Editorial: Seeing through the Olympics game

January 16, 2015
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Without a single public meeting, without talking to a single park advocate, a Boston Olympics bid is now moving forward with national momentum behind it and JP and Franklin Park in its sights. We warned you before that the Olympics works like this: placating the public with nonsense until it’s too late. We will...

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Letter: Olympics would be a tragedy for common citizens

January 16, 2015
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Who ever heard of discussing an issue after it has been decided? That is what just happened with the Olympics 2024 bid of Boston. Mayor Walsh will pay a steep price in the next election for the administration of the Olympics bid to date. Thanks to the Gazette for again showing exceptional leadership by...

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Letter: Franklin Park needs fix-up and maintenance plan

January 16, 2015
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The Healthy Square Committee of the Egleston Square Neighborhood Association wishes to express its thanks to Christine Poff from the Franklin Park Coalition and Marchelle Jacques-Yarde from the Parks Department for spending a recent morning in the northwest corner of Franklin Park with representatives from our committee. (“Franklin Park advocates seek improvements,” Dec. 19.)...

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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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