Opinion

Letter: Diversity of Boston Scholars

August 12, 2016
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In the July 22 Gazette, Major Walsh recognized by name 35 recipients of the City of Boston Scholars award, given for academic achievement and community service. Especially impressive to me, judging by the names of the students, was their marked diversity of ethnicity and national origin. It made me feel proud that Boston and...

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Letter: Stop state bullying of JP community gardeners

August 12, 2016
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Imagine a state agency cutting off water to a JP community garden in the heat of the summer? In some parts of the world, this could be considered a dangerous and hostile act. That’s what’s happening in JP. The agency that manages state assets is bullying our scrappy neighborhood association, pressuring us to sign...

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Letter: Vote no on Question 2

August 12, 2016
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Question 2 on the ballot this November considers lifting the cap on charter schools. It is imperative we vote NO and keep the cap. Charter schools directly reduce Massachusetts’ public schools’ funding and quality. Charter schools are funded with public money that would otherwise go to public schools. In 2015-16, the state’s public schools’...

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JP Observer: Translating harmony into justice takes work

July 22, 2016
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Porchfest in Jamaica Plan revealed an almost other-worldly neighborhood on July 9. Crowds of people of many colors, backgrounds and ages stood in attentive clusters every few streets, clapping for bands and singers and other performers, too. All afternoon, the grand mix of humans—some holding maps dotted with the 80-plus locations offering entertainment—paraded down...

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Letter: Time to pump brakes on Forest Hills development

July 22, 2016
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In recent weeks, every article in the Gazette has been about the BRA rubber-stamping one development project after another. Most of these approved projects had fewer parking spaces, less open space and affordable housing, or greater height requirements than code mandates. The proposed project at the former site of the James’s Gate Pub was...

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Letter: JPA likes new parking lot look

July 22, 2016
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The Jamaica Pond Association is pleased with the new look on the Burroughs Street side of the Bank of America Parking lot.  The chain link fence has been removed and replaced with a new fence, a buffer zone, and greenery, creating a structure that is in harmony with the well-kept homes and yards of...

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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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