Opinion

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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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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