Opinion

Op-Ed: Why I support affordable housing

November 4, 2011
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By Felicia Sanchez, Special to the Gazette I’d like to share my perspectives on affordable housing both as a small-business person and a homeowner and hopefully put a few myths to rest. The first myth is that affordable housing is somehow optional to a community’s health and well-being. I’m going to tell you that...

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Letter: New districts a good start; reform still needed

November 4, 2011
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The recent release of the redistricting maps for the Massachusetts Senate and House gives us pause. As community organizers, we have spent years fighting to strengthen the redistricting process, as we are keenly aware of the ties that bind redistricting and civil rights. We believe the civil rights issue of our time is the...

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Letter: Remember Kenny by helping youths

November 4, 2011
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On Sun., Oct. 16, 2011, Kenny Soto, a 19-year old Jamaica Plain resident, was killed in front of a local convenience store. Kenny had spent over 10 years in various programs at the Hyde Square Task Force, a JP-based youth community development organization. We at the Hyde Square Task Force are struggling to deal...

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Letter: Thanks for help making party a hit

November 4, 2011
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The Nira Rock Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the many people and organizations who made our “End of Summer Bash” a huge success! Loads of party-goers basked in the sun while enjoying free hot dogs and roasted Twinkies (delicious!), free food donated by local restaurants, free ice cream, world-class hula-hooping, juggling, ginormous bubbles and amazing face-painting!...

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JP Observer: Reviving, Not Retiring, in JP

October 21, 2011
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“So, how is retirement? What are you doing? How does it feel?” People, many looking ahead, ask me questions these days. I was on the radio, sort of, when I was a month old. My parents were being interviewed as the first post-WWII military couple in Southwestern Ohio to have a baby. It was...

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IdeAZ: Incompleto

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain ya tiene su nuevo Neighborhood Council. Pero, como sucede en Boston, la elección no se hizo por mayoría. Si se recuerda, allá las autoridades ediles fueron seleccionadas por, apenas, un poco más del 30 por ciento de los que tienen capacidad para votar. Aquí el 24 de setiembre, que pasó, registró la...

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Editorial: JP’s missing children

October 21, 2011
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Nearly 1,170 children are missing from JP. That is the population plunge in the 17-and-under age category between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data analyzed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. JP still has a lot of kids: 6,300, about 17 percent of the neighborhood population. But that drop-off is fairly staggering, especially...

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Editorial: Occupational therapy

October 21, 2011
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Don’t watch the Occupy Boston protest on TV. Go down to Dewey Square and see it for yourself. Listen to the stories about people who work from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and still can’t pay the bills. Watch the execs in silk ties smirk their way past the camp. See the diversity, from...

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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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