Opinion

Letter: A farewell from Malia’s office

March 14, 2014
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Since 2009, I have had the amazing opportunity of working for one of the most dynamic legislators in the State House, Rep. Liz Malia. Throughout my five years working for Rep. Malia, I have been astonished by her dedication to her district, and her commitment to advocate for those who have the greatest needs....

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Letter: Mayor Walsh on his first 9 weeks

March 14, 2014
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It’s hard to believe it’s been just nine weeks since I was sworn in as mayor of Boston. A lot has happened, and my administration has made great progress in key areas. We’re working hard to tackle the most urgent challenges directly and build a foundation for long-term success. In public safety, we’ve listened...

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JP Observer: Major media’s bad election coverage habits

February 28, 2014
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You can feel them warming up all over the state, as well as here in Jamaica Plain. The creaky gears begin to turn, fuel starts to flow… The political machines are getting ready for the election campaigns that will lead us to fall. If it’s 2014, it must be time for state elections in...

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Editorial: Awaiting an answer on mail delivery problems

February 28, 2014
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JP deserves a full explanation about the reasons behind the U.S. Postal Service’s recent delivery problems, and the specifics of a plan to halt them. Considering the large volume of mail and USPS’s endless budget problems, mail delivery in general is quite good. But the recent problems documented by the Gazette over large sections...

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Editorial: A boon to LGBTQ youths

February 28, 2014
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Congratulations to JP’s Katy Erker on her appointment to the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. It is great to see representation on the commission from Jamaica Plain, whose organizations are well-known for its effective LGBTQ activism, particularly on marriage equality and transgender rights. It is even better to see someone of Erker’s background on...

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Letter: Failed logic in T’s rejection of bus yard move

February 28, 2014
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As a 1,000-hour survivor of the Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard process, plus a year of Facility Design Review meetings, I believe Ms. Oliveira’s latest article allowed a glimpse at the biggest reason for our frustrations and disappointments of the past 15 years. (“Support grows for new T bus yard,” Feb. 14.)...

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Editorial: Saving the Shattuck’s child care

February 14, 2014
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What’s really going on with the state and the Shattuck Child Care Center it is giving the boot? It’s hard to tell. But when two of our most respected elected officials make extraordinary criticism of the move, it’s time to pay attention. In their op-ed in this week’s Gazette, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and...

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Editorial: The State of JP

February 14, 2014
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The annual State of Our Neighborhood forum convenes on Feb. 27, co-sponsored by the Gazette, offers Jamaica Plain a chance to take stock. “Ain’t No One Can Afford This” is this year’s provocative theme, one that notes a turning point in the neighborhood’s history. Of course, many people can afford JP—if only just barely....

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Op-Ed: The State of JP: No one can afford this

February 14, 2014
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Op-Ed: The State of JP: No one can afford this

By Orion Kriegman, Juan Gonzalez, Abigail Ortiz, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, Greg Buckland and Tracy Bindel/Special to the Gazette “Ain’t No One Can Afford This,” reads an anonymous note to the world scrawled on the map of the Orange Line near the JP Monument. These six silent words speak volumes about the state of our neighborhood....

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Op-Ed: Gov. Patrick offers only lip service on threatened child care center

February 14, 2014
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By Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz and Rep. Liz Malia/Special to the Gazette Gov. Deval Patrick has repeatedly made early education his number one priority, and this laudable goal was reinforced in his recent State of the Commonwealth address. Unfortunately, his administration is currently ignoring an opportunity to preserve dozens of high-quality seats at the Shattuck...

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