Opinion

Letter: Forest Hills needs 21st century plan

February 3, 2012
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In recent weeks many questions and concerns have arisen regarding the Working Advisory Group process about the Casey Overpass in Jamaica Plain. There is a growing consensus within the affected communities and among the WAG participants that the process was defective, being neither inclusive nor transparent. Voices from the auto, rail and bus commuters...

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Letter: Mass. falls behind on medical marijuana

February 3, 2012
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I was really disheartened to see that state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez continues to block relief to some of his most hurting constituents and, for that matter, the entire state. (“Sanchez to halt medical pot bill,” Jan. 20.) One of my close friends has been suffering with cancer for years; his pain management is greatly...

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Letter: Overpass process was unfair, biased

February 3, 2012
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It appears that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is ready to announce a decision on the approach to be taken for the replacement of the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills. It is very likely that MassDOT will decide in favor of its “at-grade” plan to handle all of the east-west and north-south traffic...

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Letter: Surface option is good, fast and cheap

February 3, 2012
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I have attended all of the public meetings for the Casey Overpass Project. I believe both options that have been presented are a vast improvement over what is currently in place and that both designs will be able to accommodate all modes and capacities of traffic, per the information provided at these meetings. If I...

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Letter: Story should have focused on self-defense

February 3, 2012
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I greatly appreciate the Gazette’s efforts to inform the public about the details of the attempted assault at Jamaica Pond, but the headline and the first paragraph of the article are incomplete. (“Cops: Woman assaulted at pond,” Jan. 20.) A closer reading of the article reveals that this woman successfully defended herself by using her voice and...

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Letter: South End biolab risks are too high

February 3, 2012
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The proposed Bio Level 3 and 4 lab for Boston must be opposed. Despite the many safety precautions designed for the building, there would still be an unacceptable risk to the community if there was ever any outbreak of deadly pathogens. We cannot assume that the latest technology will eliminate all risks. I’m sure...

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Letter: Welcoming homeless housing

February 3, 2012
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I am writing to applaud the recent decision of the Superior Court to allow the development of the former Barbara McInnis House at 461 Walnut Ave. into affordable homes for homeless people to move forward. I also offer my congratulations to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Pine Street Inn and the Jamaica...

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JP Observer: Siren noise problem shouldn’t fall on deaf ears

January 20, 2012
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Walking down Centre Street just after New Year’s, I was suddenly assaulted by a sound so loud it felt like someone had jabbed an ice pick in my right ear. I instinctively covered both ears, and I noticed some other pedestrians did the same. We were responding to the siren from an ambulance speeding...

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Editorial: Fund the T like a treasure

January 20, 2012
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Pay more and get less. That’s the pitch the MBTA is making to riders as it struggles to fill a $161 million operating budget deficit. Fare hikes that outpace anyone’s pay increases. No transit for people who work weekends or for tourists to and from the suburbs. A high impact on special services for...

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Editorial: Three strikes out

January 20, 2012
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but it sure helps get it passed. The state legislature rushed criminal sentencing reform bills through late last year without the usual hearings. The contents were largely simplistic, and ditto for the debate about them so far. The reforms appear to be based on suburban freak-out over...

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