Opinion

IdeAZ: Un pequeño ejercicio

September 23, 2011
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Los activistas dicen que hacerse ciudadano es fácil; pero la gente que no lo puede pasar tiene experiencias que contar y entre las dificultades mencionan que es un proceso largo, porque se necesita mucha paciencia; caro porque se necesita mucho dinero para los trámites y, a veces, desilusiónante, porque pueden saltar asuntos que no...

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IdeAZ: Para el recuerdo

September 9, 2011
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Tal vez el nombre Yoel Camayd-Freixas no le diga mucho. Pero ¿qué tal si se lo pregunta a los muchachos o muchachas del Hyde Square Task Force, o al presidente del directorio del HSTF Nelson Arroyo o al director ejecutivo Claudio Martínez, o las decenas de trabajadores que puede encontrar en los ambientes de...

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Editorial: Ten Years After

September 9, 2011
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Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, JP residents went about their business under the same clear blue sky that, just a few miles away, held passenger planes hijacked by madmen. Within hours, jet fighters were buzzing JP. The neighborhood was wracked with horror at the atrocities unfolding at the World Trade Center...

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Editorial: JPNC and Whole Foods

September 9, 2011
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The Whole Foods debate has been dominated by an ideological organization that believes corporations have a higher purpose than maximizing profits, that they have community responsibilities beyond public-relations-oriented donations. That organization is Whole Foods Market itself. Whole Foods founder John Mackey’s interesting thoughts on this “conscious capitalism” can be read on his blog at...

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Op-Ed: In Iraq, a lesson for post-Sept. 11 America

September 9, 2011
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By Sam Taylor, Special to the Gazette I met a man from Kurdistan while serving as a chaplain’s assistant for the North Carolina National Guard in southern Iraq in 2009. He was working as a translator on one of the bases where I spent time. He assured me it would be OK to use...

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Letter: JPNC is irrelevant

September 9, 2011
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I agree with Mr. Rick Stockwood that it’s time to reconsider the relevance of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (“Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election,” Aug. 26). I was present at its creation 25 years ago by the Flynn administration, which also established the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the same time....

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Letter: Thanks for Kindergarten Days

September 9, 2011
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Despite the heavy rain, over 100 people came out to enjoy the fourth annual “Kindergarten Days” party at the Connolly Branch Library on Aug. 15. Children entering kindergarten this fall and their families were treated to an evening of fun activities, snacks and gift bags. The staff and Friends of the Connolly Branch extend...

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Letter: Thanks for Wilderness Heals help

September 9, 2011
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We recently completed the 16th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors who helped to make this an incredible experience of accomplishment and empowerment for all involved. We are deeply grateful to all of you who supported the...

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JP Observer: Getting beyond ‘family’ values

August 26, 2011
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During his debate with Sarah Palin in 2008, now Vice President Joe Biden made a correction to his word choice that should have made everyone interested in accuracy and inclusiveness happy, especially Jamaica Plain residents. Criticizing presidential candidate John McCain’s tax proposal for not giving middle-class tax breaks, Biden said, “One hundred million families,...

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Editorial: A quiet end to trolleys

August 26, 2011
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The Arborway Line trolley restoration debate, which less than a decade ago divided JP as strongly as Whole Foods, ended almost unnoticed this year. A community lawsuit that was the last piece of realistic leverage for bringing the Green Line back through JP was tossed out in January. Critics of trolleys said they would...

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