Opinion

Letter: ‘Inmates,’ not ‘convicts’

October 21, 2011
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I believe that both Rebeca Oliveira and Benjamin Colb did their article “Convicts turn a new leaf” (Oct. 7) a disservice by their overused term “convict,” which they used to describe two inmates, George Graham and Jason Conroy, both serving time at Boston Pre-Release Center on Morton Street and working at the center’s horticultural and...

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Letter: Obama outdoes Bush on lawlessness

October 21, 2011
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Remember the uproar when the Bush administration announced that they could imprison Americans indefinitely and without due process? Obama has now outdone Bush in his disregard for our Constitution by ordering the assassination of the Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen. It seems that the Sixth Amendment, the right to a trial in criminal...

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Letter: Double-bagging at Whole Foods

October 21, 2011
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I have an idea for a small business in JP. Situated discreetly around the corner from the new Whole Foods, a small pushcart business. This would rent recycled paper bags, with eyeholes cut out of them. Shoppers could stop at this cart before going into Whole Foods and rent a paper bag to wear...

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Letter: No right to make Whole Foods demands

October 21, 2011
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Although I would 10 times more like to have Hi-Lo as my neighbor than Whole Foods, I feel that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has no right to demand anything from Whole Foods that it did not demand from Hi-Lo. (“Whole Foods will not create fund,” Sept. 23.) I would say the same about...

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Letter: In support of Occupy Boston protests

October 21, 2011
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It seems that this fall many Bostonians will be walking like an Egyptian. What started out as Mohamed Bouazizi’s last stand against those who tried to stop him from making a hard-earned buck has now turned into a global movement. The Arab Spring is no longer just an Arab thing. Wall Street represents the heart of the...

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Letter: Whole Foods should hire people of color

October 21, 2011
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It’s Saturday, Oct. 1, and I just came home from waiting in line outside the Connolly Library for the Whole Foods hiring event. I was keeping a friend company who was planning to attend. There were dozens and dozens of people there in a long, long line, and most of them were people of...

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¿Hasta cuándo?…

October 7, 2011
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“Es una indiecita” – Dice un dominicano indicando a una muchachita de un color oscuro que nada tiene que ver con la raza afro-americana. Lo repite porque es una costumbre, más que una situación razonada. Pero. Quienes quieran responder, no se deben sentir mal porque, igual, gente con muchos estudios o con gran formación...

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Editorial: Take a pass on an overpass

October 7, 2011
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All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option. A surface solution would untangle some of the insane intersections in the area. It would be friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists, who are treated like targets in the current configuration. It would...

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Editorial: Justice and mystery

October 7, 2011
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Clerk Surendra Dangol died on the floor of the Monument Square Tedeschi’s in 2009 for no reason at all. JP isn’t supposed to be like that. Life isn’t supposed to be like that. A court restored a sense of order last week by sending Edward Corliss to prison for life for killing Dangol during...

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Letter: Thanks to a great librarian

October 7, 2011
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I am writing to publicly thank Laraine Hall, who recently retired from the Boston Public Library Jamaica Plain Branch. As a regular BPL visitor, I can’t thank Laraine enough for her wonderful years of public service working at the circulation desk. Laraine knew all the regulars; always had a smile and a kind word;...

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