Opinion

Letter: Gun control is needed

June 24, 2016
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Can we agree on one thing, America?  Congress, mostly on the GOP side, is made up of cowards when it comes to the NRA and the overall gun lobby.  One in the same, I guess. The next mass killing might be 100 school children and it would have no other impact than to have these empty suits...

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Letter: Firefighters do more than fight fires

June 10, 2016
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The latch on my large steel watch jammed and I couldn’t get the watch off. A jeweler whose help I sought couldn’t get it off either. After trying for almost half and hour, she suggested I go to the Boston Fire Department. She reminded me they have the Jaws of Life, although that sounded...

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Letter: Discipline needed in school

June 10, 2016
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As I read the op-ed piece that recently ran in both the Mission Hill and Jamaica Plain Gazette newspapers (“Discipline in schools”), I felt like a comment was justified. This commentary was identified as being written for a sociology class assignment at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the research was done through the Lawyers’...

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Letter: The BRA needs to split

June 10, 2016
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Split up the BRA so it can do its job! So the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is spending up to $670K of taxpayer’s money to rebrand itself as more trustworthy (page 1, May 27 Gazette)? As a Boston real estate owner, developer, and approver of private development (and chief cheerleader for Boston development), the...

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Letter: Arborway project makes Forest Hills a mess

June 10, 2016
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I wonder, has the MassDOT, BPD, or McMahon, the traffic engineer associated with the Casey Arborway project, been out to the project site in the past 3-4 months? I ask, because a cursory visit to the site, particularly in the afternoon, would demonstrate to the above entities that their temporary traffic control in the...

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JP Observer: Shop locally at businesses that make decisions locally

May 27, 2016
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Construction of new storefront and business spaces in Jamaica Plain is now underway. And in March, the City of Boston released a report saying it wants to boost small businesses in the neighborhoods, partly by making the variance and permitting process easier for them. A common cry from the JP community since the 1970s...

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Letter: Casey Arborway project

May 27, 2016
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I live in Jamaica Plain one-half mile from Forest Hills. I have closely followed the Casey Overpass issue through the Gazette and Bridging Forest Hills. I was recently made aware of a document issued by a state agency and posted on the Bridging Forest Hills (BFH) website that includes revelations about the Casey Arborway...

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Letter: Bernie Sanders

May 27, 2016
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Maybe it is time for Senator Sanders to stop trying to be America’s conscience. How dare he point out over and over again that we have become a country that caters to special interests, that involves itself in self-perpetuating wars without end, that worships the rich and famous no matter how ill-gotten their fortunes,...

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Letter: Too much development

May 27, 2016
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As a 46-year resident of JP and a 16-year resident of Montebello Road until I was summarily evicted by a new property owner who falsely claimed he was moving in in 1999 and who promptly (after putting a lamp and a table in the living room for a few weeks to make it look...

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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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