Opinion

Letter: Teachers Union is working hard for a contract

July 6, 2012
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I was pleased to see that our local state representatives are pushing to help get the contract between the Boston School Committee and the Boston Teachers Union resolved (“State reps. urge teacher contract resolution,” June 22). As a teacher, parent, Jamaica Plain resident and member of the BTU Negotiating Team, I share that goal....

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Letter: Bicyclists missing this ‘connection’

July 6, 2012
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MISSED CONNECTION You’re a white male, mid-20s. I saw you June 25 at 2:30. I was driving north on the Jamaicaway in a blue Toyota. You were driving north, too, zigging and zagging between cars, until you turned left at Longwood. You were riding a bike, wearing no helmet. I’m wondering if you have...

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Editorial: Fix Monument Sq. traffic now

June 22, 2012
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With a City redesign plan delayed, it will be 2014 at best before Monument Square is rebuilt to be something other than an asphalt monster looking for pedestrians to kill. Someone may well die there long before then. The City and the MBTA should take immediate action to improve safety in ways that do...

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Editorial: Help the real Indians

June 22, 2012
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While U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren defends her conveniently optional American Indian identity, and incumbent Sen. Scott Brown continues to goad her about it, many actual American Indians are struggling. While Warren and Brown debate how Warren’s supposed Indian heritage may have influenced her professorship at the world’s greatest university, actual American Indians last...

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Editorial: Arresting the wrong people

June 22, 2012
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The mortgage crisis has resulted in local state Rep. Liz Malia sitting handcuffed in the back of a police van, while most people running the banks and mortgage companies walk around free. They’re arresting the wrong people. Good for Malia for sticking her neck out for her constituents. We can’t judge the details of...

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Letter: Thanks for Jimmy Memorial help

June 22, 2012
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Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Jimmy Memorial held on June 5 at Juniper Hills Golf Course in Northborough, Mass. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Shawn Fitzpatrick of Jamaica Plain, Mass., and the committee who organized the 11th annual event. The dedicated sponsors, participants and...

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Letter: The JPNDC thanks supporters

June 22, 2012
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On behalf of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), I want to thank all the many JP residents and supporters who helped make our 35th anniversary community celebration on June 9 a success in many ways! There are more people than can be named, but we want to give a special thank-you to...

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Letter: Mayor’s Casey stand is too little, too late

June 8, 2012
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The following letter was sent to Mayor Thomas Menino: Today I read a couple of news articles that disappointed me so greatly, I wanted to write to let you know personally (“Mayor: I would have kept Casey Overpass,” jpgazette.com, May 24). In the articles, you state an opinion on the Casey Overpass project, i.e.,...

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Editorial: Religious leadership

June 8, 2012
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Rev. Carlos Flor, the new pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Catholic parishes, made a good point in his welcome-to-JP interview with the Gazette. He said that by strengthening religious communities, his churches hopefully will be of better “service to the neighborhoods.” JP is often sorely missing the voices of religious leaders in its important local...

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Editorial: Mission impossible

June 8, 2012
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How is it that Boston Public Schools can have the gumption to move Mission Hill K-8 to Jamaica Plain despite huge controversy, but not to change the school’s now-inaccurate name? Granted, “Mission Hill” is easier to say and spell than the building’s former name “Agassiz.” But give us a break. We already have to...

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