Opinion

JP Observer: Cast a ballot, see art this weekend

September 23, 2011
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Jamaica Plain—known for its art and its activism—will be the site of two significant community-wide events this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25. One is the 18th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios, featuring the work of more than 220 local artists, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. The other, taking place only on Sept....

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 27, too

September 23, 2011
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Egleston Square-area citizens should seize their chance to vote in the Sept. 27 preliminary election for the District 7 Boston City Council race. Turnout in preliminaries is usually terrible. The vote only narrows the field; deciding the winner comes in the Nov. 8 final election. And the District 7 race has been quiet in...

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 24

September 23, 2011
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How great is this neighborhood? Well, we have our own mini city council that the government actually listens to on quality-of-life issues that affects us all sooner or later. A lot of places would kill to have something like the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. If you like democracy, you know how lucky we are...

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Letter: Today’s JPNC a far cry from the first

September 23, 2011
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Oh, how the times have changed! Various members of the original Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council accomplished many great things that have made JP a greater place to live. They include: Establishing the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair; conducting the rezoning of Jamaica Plain; creating the Franklin Park Coalition; serving as executive director of The Tree...

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IdeAZ: Un pequeño ejercicio

September 23, 2011
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Los activistas dicen que hacerse ciudadano es fácil; pero la gente que no lo puede pasar tiene experiencias que contar y entre las dificultades mencionan que es un proceso largo, porque se necesita mucha paciencia; caro porque se necesita mucho dinero para los trámites y, a veces, desilusiónante, porque pueden saltar asuntos que no...

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IdeAZ: Para el recuerdo

September 9, 2011
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Tal vez el nombre Yoel Camayd-Freixas no le diga mucho. Pero ¿qué tal si se lo pregunta a los muchachos o muchachas del Hyde Square Task Force, o al presidente del directorio del HSTF Nelson Arroyo o al director ejecutivo Claudio Martínez, o las decenas de trabajadores que puede encontrar en los ambientes de...

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Editorial: Ten Years After

September 9, 2011
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Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, JP residents went about their business under the same clear blue sky that, just a few miles away, held passenger planes hijacked by madmen. Within hours, jet fighters were buzzing JP. The neighborhood was wracked with horror at the atrocities unfolding at the World Trade Center...

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Editorial: JPNC and Whole Foods

September 9, 2011
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The Whole Foods debate has been dominated by an ideological organization that believes corporations have a higher purpose than maximizing profits, that they have community responsibilities beyond public-relations-oriented donations. That organization is Whole Foods Market itself. Whole Foods founder John Mackey’s interesting thoughts on this “conscious capitalism” can be read on his blog at...

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Op-Ed: In Iraq, a lesson for post-Sept. 11 America

September 9, 2011
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By Sam Taylor, Special to the Gazette I met a man from Kurdistan while serving as a chaplain’s assistant for the North Carolina National Guard in southern Iraq in 2009. He was working as a translator on one of the bases where I spent time. He assured me it would be OK to use...

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Letter: JPNC is irrelevant

September 9, 2011
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I agree with Mr. Rick Stockwood that it’s time to reconsider the relevance of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (“Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election,” Aug. 26). I was present at its creation 25 years ago by the Flynn administration, which also established the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the same time....

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