Opinion

A letter to the mayor and city council on JP/Rox

April 29, 2016
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We are residents and members of neighborhood associations located in the area between Forest Hills, Egleston Square, and Jackson Square. This area is currently involved in a long-awaited planning process called Plan JP/Rox. Led by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Plan JP/Rox has held a number of community meetings since last July. The goal of...

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Op-Ed: Boston is going Fiber

April 29, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I recently announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both residents and businesses...

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Op-Ed: Motor vehicle license suspension repeal

April 15, 2016
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By Local State Rep. Liz Malia On March 30, the governor signed into law An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension, an important reform of our criminal justice system. Previously in Massachusetts, individuals convicted of a non-violent drug offense automatically lost their licenses for up to five years, and faced a reinstatement fee...

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Letter: Airplane noise is a nuisance

April 15, 2016
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Being awoken at 5:04 a.m. by the thunderous noise of jetliners over JP has become intolerable. That’s the earliest I’ve experienced. The next was 5:08am. Many times the jets can be heard every 90 seconds, which is the time between takeoffs at Logan Airport. We must let Massport and the Federal Aviation Administration know...

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Letter: Bicon Dental is ‘a pillar’ of the neighborhood

April 15, 2016
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The latest flap over its occupancy permit is yet another salvo in a long-running smear campaign against Bicon Dental Implants by a group of narrow-minded neighbors. As I have noted in past letters of support to the City’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), Bicon has become a pillar of the neighborhood. They first turned a...

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Letter: Lyme patients need care, not more bills

April 15, 2016
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I have been following the news about the hardships suffered by those with chronic Lyme disease when the insurance companies deny payment for their needed medicine. As if their physical suffering was not enough, these patients have the burden of paying out-of- pocket for the special antibiotics they need to get healthy. This is...

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Letter: Concerns over BRA corridor study

March 25, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has embarked upon an intensive development plan for the JP/Rox study area. While there is much to applaud, there are also serious concerns. The plan’s first physical proposals were unveiled at a March 5th meeting at the Bromley-Heath housing development, and the results are more ambitious than anticipated. The...

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Letter: The truth about the Community Preservation Act

March 25, 2016
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I have seen a lot of misrepresentation and misinformation around Just Cause Eviction and the proposed Community Preservation Act (CPA) ballot measure, including a recent article in this paper (3/11, “Affordable housing, eviction and CPA discussed during housing meeting”). ...

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Op-Ed: 5 simple habits to help our children thrive

March 25, 2016
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By Ron Ferguson, Jeff Howard, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh Did you know that 80 percent of a child’s brain development occurs during the first three years of life? That fact presents a challenge: It means we can’t wait for schools to prepare our kids to learn. But it’s also an opportunity, because much...

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Op-Ed: New substance abuse law to enhance continuum of care and prevention efforts

March 25, 2016
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By State Rep. Liz Malia On March 9, I joined my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass substance abuse legislation that enhances education and prevention initiatives and increases intervention and treatment options statewide. This opioid epidemic has killed too many of our loved ones. The numbers are staggering. According to the state Department...

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