Opinion

Letter: Fire response shows JP’s greatness

May 11, 2012
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As many by now have heard, an intense fire shortly before midnight on April 20 resulted in the immediate displacement of myself and 13 others (and multiple dogs and cats) from our homes on Paul Gore Street (“Fire leaves 14 homeless,” jamaicaplaingazette.com). As a husband, and father of a 4-month-old included in this group,...

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Letter: Sorry for open house mix-up

May 11, 2012
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First and foremost, Theo Koziol, our executive director, and I, the founding director of Arc-en-Ciel Day Care and Montessori School, would like to present our utmost gratitude to the Jamaica Plain residents and surroundings towns to have allowed us to be a part of your daily lives. We were overwhelmed with joy to celebrate...

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Letter: T changes impact RIDE users

May 11, 2012
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The full version of the letter excerpted here was sent to the MBTA prior to its decision to raise fares and reduce service: I am writing to give my feedback regarding the current fare proposals suggested by the T. My name is Cindy Higgins. I have Cerebral Palsy and use a power wheelchair. I...

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Letter: Thanks for Egleston engagement

May 11, 2012
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Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS) would like to thank everyone who shared their unique talents, resources, energy and enthusiasm to make Egleston Square shine this past month! First, thank you to all who made our Hot Jazz Cool Neighborhood fund-raiser such a success. For the fifth year in a row, we packed the venue,...

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Editorial: Obama catches up to JP on same-sex marriage

May 9, 2012
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President Obama finally caught up with Jamaica Plain today on same-sex marriage, declaring his personal support for it in a groundbreaking announcement. Same-sex marriage in the U.S. began in Massachusetts, but even more specifically in JP. The pioneering lawsuit that in 2004 led to the legalization of same-sex marriage here, and eventually in other...

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JP Observer: JP’s affordable housing is diverse, plentiful

April 27, 2012
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The affordable housing stock of Jamaica Plain is another diverse element of the neighborhood that is home to a well-known mix of races, ethnic groups and income levels. When the words “affordable housing” are used in JP, no specific picture should come to mind, because the housing is so varied. Also, thanks to the...

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Editorial: Centers minus community?

April 27, 2012
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What is a community center without the community? We’re about to find out, as ludicrous, abrupt rental hikes at the Hennigan Community Center drive successful JP youth programs out of the neighborhood, and perhaps out of business. This looks like another way to balance the books on the backs of the disadvantaged, and it...

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Editorial: Leash your dogs

April 27, 2012
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People are roaming free in JP’s wealth of parkland with the arrival of spring. Unfortunately, so are off-leash pet dogs. Having a dog off-leash on the street or in a park is illegal. It’s illegal because it’s irresponsible, rude and dangerous. Dogs are not miniature people. They are animals that can and will bite....

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Letter: Casey Arborway is a cheap but bad solution

April 27, 2012
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Regarding the Casey Arborway project, it’s about the money. And don’t forget, the state, at the start, told the Working Advisory Group members this is not about money. So anytime I hear otherwise, I want to pick up my pen. This is an important bridge. The bridge keeps cross-town traffic out of a neighborhood...

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Letter: Give Valentine some love

April 27, 2012
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Sawx fans, the players and many in the sports media need to lighten up re: their new manager, Bobby Valentine. They’re acting like small-town hicks, suspicious of the newcomer because he has a slight attitude and edge to him, and, no doubt in this case, because his hometown of Stamford is closer to N.Y.C. than Boston....

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