Opinion

Editorial: Thanks to Casey activists

March 2, 2012
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Debate about the Casey Overpass replacement project has been heated, and when the state’s decision comes, one side is going to win and one side is going to lose. That could produce bitterness. We hope that instead, activists on both (or all) sides will appreciate how much their friends and foes accomplished in this...

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Editorial: Community policing

March 2, 2012
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A few months ago, the South Street area was hit with a string of disturbing burglaries. The local E-13 Police Station responded by hosting a community meeting and parking a patrol car in the area to squash the crimes. It worked. Now the criminals are back—and so are the cops to tamp them down...

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Editorial: Primary voting

March 2, 2012
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On Tuesday, the presidential primary election, which helps nominate political party candidates, finally comes to Massachusetts. We’ll forgive you if you are not very excited. Most of the Founding Fathers believed that political parties were an evil to avoid. The broken presidential primary system and the two-party straitjacket show why. Early-voting states, most of...

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Letter: News shows JP gentrification

March 2, 2012
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I couldn’t help but notice the irony on the front page of the Feb. 17 edition. At the top of the page is the line, “Is JP gentrified? Numbers say no”; yet your front-page stories are about “a groundbreaking tenant-run management corporation will retire at the end of March” (“Bromley-Heath leader retires; BHA...

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Letter: In support of a skate park

March 2, 2012
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I’m writing in support of the improvised skate park in the old roller hockey rink on the Southwest Corridor (“Skate park may be coming to SWCP,” Feb. 17). It’s disappointing that neighbors complained to the Department of Conservation and Recreation about the “debris” and had it removed. The kids who were constructing that park were exercising...

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Letter: ‘Three strikes’ is too expensive

March 2, 2012
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For now, let’s leave aside the disproportionate effects the “three strikes” legislation would have (“In support of ‘three strikes,’ letter, Feb. 17). This is all about the numbers. Many of the legislators in favor of this bill would have us believe that the net effect of three strikes combined with other provisions would be...

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Letter: Disappointed in Malia’s Casey stance

March 2, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: I live in the Jamaica Plain section that is represented by Jeffrey Sánchez. However, I have heard you speak in the past and have been impressed with the representation you provide to Jamaica Plain. So I am sorry to know that you have accused the Mass. Department...

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JP Observer: Has JP become gentrified?

February 17, 2012
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A lot has been said recently about the characteristics of the people of Jamaica Plain—and often with some passion. Results of the 2010 census came in last year. Whole Foods, with its hip image, moved into a spot occupied for a long time by Hi-Lo Foods, with its Latin flavor. The change gave rise...

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Editorial: Leading Bromley-Heath

February 17, 2012
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Just like that, 40 years of tenant management at Bromley-Heath is at an end and the Boston Housing Authority is in charge. The silence from key players is deafening and the situation looks strange. But we believe this can become an opportunity for even more input from the housing development’s residents. And we trust...

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Editorial: All aboard for T solution

February 17, 2012
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Unreliable transit service that doesn’t even run every day. Funding that disappears to pay someone else’s debt. The prospect of transportation users paying far more for little or no benefit. It sounds like the MBTA’s hated plan to cut service and boost fares. But it’s actually a description of what rural Massachusetts faces if...

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