Opinion

Editorial: Giving thanks

November 18, 2011
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On Thanksgiving, some people have more to be thankful for than others, but we all have some blessings to count. At the Gazette, we have residents who not only read the paper but also contribute mightily to it, and local businesses whose advertisements make our work possible. Thank you.

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Letter: Concerns about JP’s Congressional split

November 18, 2011
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The following letter was sent to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Redistricting: I write to you in response to the proposed Congressional redistricting boundaries published by the committee on Nov. 7, to express deep concern about the proposal’s impact on the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. I write expressing my personal opinions and...

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Letter: Thanks for a happy Halloween

November 18, 2011
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Hundreds of costumed children and adults enjoyed the 4th annual Connolly Branch Library Halloween party and parade on Oct. 31.  This year, 27 local merchants and organizations of Hyde/Jackson Squares showed their community spirit by welcoming families along the parade route with treats. Thanks to Volunteers of America; Peter J. Hanley, DMD; Guardian Health...

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Letter: A new bridge is better for overpass

November 18, 2011
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The Gazette editorial of Oct. 7 read, “All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option.” But all things are not equal. The planning for replacing the Casey Overpass at Forest Hills is coming to a close. The options are whether to...

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IdeAZ: Noche segura

November 4, 2011
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Jamaica Plain debe haber tenido una de las fiestas del “día de brujas” más seguro de la historia. No hay reportes de excesos, ni tampoco de actividades de exagerados que aprovechan una fiesta como Halloween para sus desbordes. Todo transcurrió de maravilla, como en las historias de fantasía,  con niños disfrazados con los atuendos...

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Editorial: Just vote

November 4, 2011
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We’re not going to tell you who to vote for on Nov. 8. We’re just going to tell you to vote. Voters don’t have much trouble figuring out whom to support. The real challenge is getting them in a voting booth in the first place. Philosophers spilled ink, and warriors spilled blood, to establish...

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Editorial: Resurrect cemetery art

November 4, 2011
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A cemetery killing a Day of the Dead ceremony: The arts situation at Forest Hills Cemetery is now truly a joke. Problem is, it’s on JP. The cemetery, via the Forest Hills Educational Trust, once had a renowned slate of exhibits, festivals, poetry readings and concerts. In January, it suddenly pulled the plug on...

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Editorial: BPS flunks geography

November 4, 2011
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Boston Public Schools is about to flunk its own geography test. In its new school-swapping plan, it would put the Mission Hill K-8 School in JP—but potentially keep the Mission Hill name. Likewise, “Fenway” High would end up in Mission Hill. It’s the worst idea since they kept “West Roxbury” on JP’s courthouse. This...

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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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