Opinion

Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 13, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: Mayor Menino: Music and parks make JP great

September 13, 2013
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The Guide to Jamaica Plain: Mayor Menino: Music and parks make JP great

It is a fun, musical time in Jamaica Plain. If you haven’t seen—or heard, or played—them yet, I encourage you to stop by one of the pianos placed in the neighborhood as part of “Play Me, I’m Yours,” the Street Pianos Boston festival going on through Oct. 14. There are 75 pianos placed all...

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Editorial: Remembering 9/11

September 13, 2013
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If someone had said on Sept. 10, 2001, that America would be embroiled militarily in affairs in the Middle East for the next 12 years, one would have thought that person to be crazy. Indeed, no one would have dared predict such a scenario even on Sept. 12, 2001. But the tragic events of...

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Letter: The Home strongly supports 161 S. Huntington plan

September 13, 2013
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In light of the recent court ruling allowing the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s lawsuit against the Boston Residential Group’s (BRG) development of The Home for Little Wanderers’ property at 161 S. Huntington Ave. (“No bond needed for JPNC lawsuit appeal,” August 30), I would like to explain to the JP community at-large The Home’s...

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Politics as Unusual: In a dream city gov’t, most candidates would have key jobs

September 10, 2013
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I’ve already said this an embarrassing number of times in the past several months, but the pool of candidates pitching to be the next mayor of Boston is an extraordinarily gifted gaggle. Even as someone who takes pride in his significant disdain for anybody arrogant enough to seek such a mighty crown, I’ve found...

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Politics as Unusual: Arroyo may be just what Boston needs

September 3, 2013
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There’s a remarkable candidate for mayor who I’ve largely and unfairly ignored in more than two dozen columns I have filed on the race. I’ve mentioned him a few times—heck, I’ve even noted long-shot pro-life nutter David James Wyatt on a number of occasions—but the hopeful I’m referring to deserves close attention, if not...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 30, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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JP Observer: How JP activists created the Southwest Corridor

August 30, 2013
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No wonder Jamaica Plain residents speak and act as though they can have some control of what happens in the neighborhood. Starting 49 years ago, local people along the Southwest Corridor banded together to stop a highway from splitting the neighborhood. Then they persuaded government to move the elevated Orange Line from over Washington...

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Editorial: Summer’s last gasp

August 30, 2013
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The forecast for the Labor Day weekend is for sunny and warm weather, a perfect combination for outdoor activity of all kinds on the official last weekend of summer. As we look back at the past three months, it seems as if it were just yesterday that we were celebrating the arrival of the...

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Editorial: School’s back

August 30, 2013
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School either already has begun or will be back in session shortly in communities  all across the state, and that means motorists who have become accustomed to child-free streets during the morning commute once again must become eagle-eyed and on the lookout for children and school buses on our roadways. The start of a...

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