Opinion

Letter: Overpass traffic questions still not answered

February 17, 2012
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As a Casey Overpass Working Advisory Group (WAG) member, representing the Stonybrook Neighborhood, I have participated in a year’s worth of Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) meetings. During that time, traffic flow has been a major concern, especially for those representing nearby neighborhoods and commuters through and to Forest Hills. The WAG has spent...

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Letter: Thanks for holiday help

February 17, 2012
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The holiday season at the Elizabeth Stone House began with our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Staff and board members served over 125 adults and children, which included current residents, past residents and members of our community groups. Dinner was provided by one of our Natixis charitable partners, Community Work Services. Adults and children shared what they were thankful for...

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Letter: Traffic calming should be part of overpass project

February 17, 2012
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As advocates and residents who care deeply about the future of the Forest Hills area, we believe that our neighborhood streets are a vital element of a vibrant community. Every day, though, we see on those streets the unwanted impact of poor driver behavior, including increased commuter traffic, unsafe vehicle speeds and driver inattention...

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Letter: Forest Hills should have beautiful bridge

February 17, 2012
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I don’t live near Forest Hills, but I feel that the future of the Casey Overpass is important to all Jamaica Plain residents and not just those who live in or commute through Forest Hills. The current bridge is unattractive and, according to MassDOT, “structurally deficient.”  But why is the DOT’s vision limited to...

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Letter: In support of ‘three strikes’

February 17, 2012
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Potential conservatives have been described as liberals who haven’t been mugged yet. If so, the six-dozen or so attendees of a recent Jamaica Plain Forum and Union of Minority Neighborhoods meeting in Jamaica Plain have the potential of being de facto conservative recruiters by advocating leniency for habitual criminals. (“Officials rally against ‘three strikes,’”...

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Editorial: Make the Casey decision

February 3, 2012
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It is time for the state Department of Transportation to publicly announce a Casey Overpass replacement plan and then carry it out forthwith. MassDOT followed our advice in December to delay its decision until after the holidays so the community could have discussion and debate. That debate has occurred and it is time to...

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Editorial: The State House and the T

February 3, 2012
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We expect suburban and rural state legislators to hop on board with their Boston peers in fixing the MBTA’s budget woes. Most of them are Democrats, and Massachusetts Democrats believe in properly funding the MBTA. It says so right in their party platform, which supports “increasing investments and promotion of public transportation throughout the...

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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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