Opinion

Editorial: Thanks to Connolly

November 8, 2013
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We owe thanks to John Connolly for his mayoral campaign. While unsuccessful, his bold campaign helped to shape the race and, ultimately, the City’s future direction. Connolly was the first incumbent elected official to enter the race at a time when it was assumed Mayor Thomas Menino would stand for re-election. That took real...

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Editorial: Mayoral power

November 8, 2013
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The first new mayor in a generation is a shake-up that offers a good chance for Bostonians to alter mayoral power as well—both to increase it and to spread its wealth. Some key ideas: Mayoral term limits. This race clearly was good for the City and good for the candidates, who could take no...

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Letter: Racial equity must be priority of next mayor

November 8, 2013
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In Boston’s mayoral race, each candidate has tended to focus on an agenda he is personally most comfortable with. But at the core of most municipal crises the candidates single out—education, housing, development, public safety, transportation, jobs and others—are stark racial inequities. Three recent reports—“The State of Black Boston” by James Jennings, “The State...

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Letter: Bike culture is on the rise for good reasons

November 8, 2013
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Thank you, Sandra Storey, for acknowledging the shift into biking culture and raising your concerns. (“JP Observer: Bikes are nice, but there are limits,” Oct. 25.) This change has come about for many reasons, many of which drivers are not fully aware of. Some people ride because the cost of living in Boston is...

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Politics as Unusual: Walsh’s working-class concern is what the city needs

November 6, 2013
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It’s easy to retrospectively say this now that Marty Walsh has emerged as the next mayor of Boston, but for anyone who made it to the Strand Theatre in Dorchester for his Election Eve rally, it was clear that his team would reign victorious. I showed up just before the storm, and was sitting...

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Politics as Unusual: Connolly’s law firm and its eviction case

October 28, 2013
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Over the past several months and particularly since the preliminary election, we’ve heard countless tales about the company and characters surrounding state rep. and mayoral hopeful Marty Walsh. The broad stroke is that he rolls with greedy union hacks and old-timers, Dot Ave. ruffians and their ilk. As for his opponent, City Councilor-At-Large John...

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Politics as Unusual: For voters of color, an endgame or just photo ops?

October 25, 2013
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It’s hard to know what to make of our two Irish mayoral candidates and their heroic, if not clumsy, attempts to captivate voters of color. I’ve asked black, Latino and Cape Verdean friends about this, and, as expected, they offered nothing close to a uniform answer. Some are in the tank for Connolly, convinced...

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JP Observer: Bikes are nice, but there are limits

October 25, 2013
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I like bicycles. I think it’s great we got a bike-share program in Boston, and bicycle rental stations came to Jamaica Plain last month. I am in favor of the tidy bike lanes and of drivers watching out for riders. But there are limits on what bikes can do for Boston. Bicycle use, at...

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Editorial: Vote Nov. 5

October 25, 2013
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Boston holds its biggest election in decades on Tues., Nov. 5. We urge you not only to vote, but also to take this grand opportunity to ask questions and make demands. Elected officials, current and hopeful, rarely will be more likely to really listen. John Connolly and Marty Walsh both present strong arguments for...

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Editorial: Cheers to JP groups

October 25, 2013
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What a neighborhood JP is—thanks to the remarkable organizing instincts of its own residents. Tonight, Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz will speak in JP as part of the impressive JP Reads series. Next week, the hit Egleston Farmers Market returns, thanks to JP activists. This week, we also introduce you to JP Makers, a new...

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