Opinion

Letter: Surface traffic is no solution

December 2, 2011
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There has been much discussion about the Casey Overpass replacement options over the past few months, and interest continues to grow, as demonstrated by the standing-room-only crowd at last week’s meeting introducing the public to the two design options: a new, smaller and lower overpass vs. a six-lane road at grade level (the “at-grade”...

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Letter: Apply city vision to Washington St.

December 2, 2011
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As neighbors of the Arborway Yard, we were disappointed the project failed to win federal funding. However, across the street, another key development is happening at the former Flanagan & Seaton automobile warehouse at 3521-3529 Washington St. This 3.4-acre development, bordered by McBride and Burnett streets, could double the number of residential units on...

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JP Observer: Presidential race distracts from local power

November 18, 2011
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Jamaica Plain residents would be smart to pay little or no attention to the U.S. presidential race from now until next September, two months before the election. It will be hard, given the media pressure, but worthwhile. Who gets elected president is obviously important. But it doesn’t make sense for us to give much...

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IdeAZ: Nos dividieron

November 18, 2011
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Llegó el día que más temían los legisladores. Massachusetts tiene su nuevo  “redistricting map” para adecuarse a la sorpresa que nos dio  el Censo del 2010 obligando a que reduzcamos en uno la presencia de los representantes del estado en el Congreso en Washington. Pasada la época de las discusiones y oposiciones, el martes...

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Editorial: Who really won the election

November 18, 2011
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City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping re-election has been hyped as a triumph of identity politics: She is the council’s first black woman member, and currently the only woman serving on it. But the fact is, her win was at least as much of a victory for two white guys who co-funded her campaign: City...

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Editorial: Let’s split

November 18, 2011
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Concern over JP being split between two new Congressional districts shows an admirable sense of community spirit. But it is more about progressive self-image than political reality. JP would still be represented exclusively by Democrats. Yes, Stephen Lynch is more conservative than Mike Capuano on key issues. But that just means Lynch has as...

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Editorial: Giving thanks

November 18, 2011
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On Thanksgiving, some people have more to be thankful for than others, but we all have some blessings to count. At the Gazette, we have residents who not only read the paper but also contribute mightily to it, and local businesses whose advertisements make our work possible. Thank you.

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Letter: Concerns about JP’s Congressional split

November 18, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting: I write to you in response to the proposed Congressional redistricting boundaries published by the committee on Nov. 7, to express deep concern about the proposal’s impact on the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. I write expressing my personal opinions and...

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Letter: Thanks for a happy Halloween

November 18, 2011
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Hundreds of costumed children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual Connolly Branch Library Halloween party and parade on Oct. 31.  This year, 27 local merchants and organizations of Hyde/Jackson Squares showed their community spirit by welcoming families along the parade route with treats. Thanks to Volunteers of America; Peter J. Hanley, DMD; Guardian Health...

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Letter: A new bridge is better for overpass

November 18, 2011
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The Gazette editorial of Oct. 7 read, “All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option.” But all things are not equal. The planning for replacing the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills is coming to a close. The options are whether to...

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