Opinion

Letter: Arizona ethnic studies ban is racist

March 30, 2012
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Regarding the Arizona law banning ethnic studies classes in public schools: Listen, this racism really needs to end. Why do Caucasians get to learn about their history, but people in Arizona don’t get to learn about their histories? OK, that’s fair, really fair. If you’re against ethnic studies, you need to rethink. It doesn’t...

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Letter: Capuano vote could stifle protest

March 30, 2012
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I was very disappointed to see that U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano voted for H.R.347 and continues the ongoing suppression of public protest. In the past decade, I have been appalled to see the suppression of protest by corralling protesting citizens into “free speech” zones, well away from any elected officials and out of the cameras’ view. Armed...

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Letter: Thanks for a good deed

March 30, 2012
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I was doing the third of my usual three rounds around the pond on Sat., March 10 when my granddaughter phoned. She lives on the West Coast, so the sound of her 6-year-old voice is a precious gift. She had 20 minutes she could talk to me and we were engrossed in the kind...

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Letter: Time to move past the bridge debate

March 30, 2012
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In the ongoing drama surrounding the Casey Overpass replacement project, there is one definitive point of consensus: the current Casey Overpass must go. And to that point of consensus I would like to offer a follow-up: both of the core options MassDOT considered (simply put: to bridge or not to bridge) are better than...

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Editorial: The other Casey decisions

March 16, 2012
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The state has made its decision about the Casey Overpass replacement project, and we believe it is the right one. But more important is that the state keep making the right decisions as the planning and construction move forward. The community’s many activists must remain involved to ensure that happens. The obvious next challenge...

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Editorial: Library work is overdue

March 16, 2012
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If the renovation and expansion plan for the Jamaica Plain Branch Library were one of the library’s books, the City of Boston would be facing a heck of an overdue fee. The needs of the busy branch are obvious. Not so obvious are the reasons the City keeps ducking the project. The original improvement...

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Editorial: Happy St. Pat’s

March 16, 2012
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St. Patrick’s Day arrives on Saturday. Here in Boston, that means celebrating the enormous contributions to our country and our city by Irish immigrants. Immigration is a hot topic in America once again. There are valid concerns about security and the use of limited social resources. There is also a lot of scapegoating for...

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Letter: State made the right Casey decision

March 16, 2012
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As per the recent JP Gazette article “Overpass to be replaced by surface street network” (March 8, jpgazette.com), I applaud MassDOT’s decision to opt for the at-grade alternative. The amount of effort put into the project from working groups on all sides of the issue has been tremendous. I would like to give a...

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Letter: Malia fails to lead on overpass project

March 16, 2012
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The following letter was sent to state Rep. Liz Malia: Your belated, obstructionist and divisive intervention in the Casey Overpass replacement project is very disappointing to me, as a Jamaica Plain resident and one of your constituents. Rather than taking the side of one small group of constituents against the majority who oppose construction...

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Letter: JP Library deserves renovation

March 16, 2012
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Please help to bring about the renovation and expansion of our Jamaica Plain Branch Library building on Sedgwick Street. In October 2011, we celebrated its 100th anniversary.  We should not have to wait another 100 years for it to be renovated and expanded. In 2006, the city published a study and master plan. It...

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