Opinion

Op-Ed: In Iraq, a lesson for post-Sept. 11 America

September 9, 2011
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By Sam Taylor, Special to the Gazette I met a man from Kurdistan while serving as a chaplain’s assistant for the North Carolina National Guard in southern Iraq in 2009. He was working as a translator on one of the bases where I spent time. He assured me it would be OK to use...

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Letter: JPNC is irrelevant

September 9, 2011
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I agree with Mr. Rick Stockwood that it’s time to reconsider the relevance of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (“Whole Foods debate could affect JPNC election,” Aug. 26). I was present at its creation 25 years ago by the Flynn administration, which also established the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services at the same time....

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Letter: Thanks for Kindergarten Days

September 9, 2011
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Despite the heavy rain, over 100 people came out to enjoy the fourth annual “Kindergarten Days” party at the Connolly Branch Library on Aug. 15. Children entering kindergarten this fall and their families were treated to an evening of fun activities, snacks and gift bags. The staff and Friends of the Connolly Branch extend...

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Letter: Thanks for Wilderness Heals help

September 9, 2011
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We recently completed the 16th annual Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals pledge hike and want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of the hikers, volunteers, team leaders and sponsors who helped to make this an incredible experience of accomplishment and empowerment for all involved. We are deeply grateful to all of you who supported the...

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JP Observer: Getting beyond ‘family’ values

August 26, 2011
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During his debate with Sarah Palin in 2008, now Vice President Joe Biden made a correction to his word choice that should have made everyone interested in accuracy and inclusiveness happy, especially Jamaica Plain residents. Criticizing presidential candidate John McCain’s tax proposal for not giving middle-class tax breaks, Biden said, “One hundred million families,...

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Editorial: A quiet end to trolleys

August 26, 2011
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The Arborway Line trolley restoration debate, which less than a decade ago divided JP as strongly as Whole Foods, ended almost unnoticed this year. A community lawsuit that was the last piece of realistic leverage for bringing the Green Line back through JP was tossed out in January. Critics of trolleys said they would...

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Editorial: A park leader’s legacy

August 26, 2011
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Overseeing a 525-acre, perpetually underfunded, historic park is pretty impressive work. Uniting the underserved neighborhoods around the park with a broad range of high-impact community programs—that’s really impressive. Doing it all while being one of the friendliest people in JP—that’s something of a miracle. Christine Poff, executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, makes...

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Editorial: Music for the people

August 26, 2011
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The pantheon of must-see JP art events just got bigger. The Jamaica Plain Music Festival, with its Aug. 20 debut, already stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of the Lantern Festival, JP Open Studios and the Wake Up the Earth Festival. The Music Fest was everything great about JP and about music. This was music...

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Letter: School roof was lucky to hold chopper

August 26, 2011
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Upon reading the article about the commando training at the Agassiz School on July 28 (“Commandos train in Agassiz School,” Aug. 12), I remembered another discussion about things landing on the school’s roof. During the years I worked with the Agassiz School Asthma and Environmental Committee, we struggled to get building repairs to cut...

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Letter: Whole Foods agreement makes sense

August 26, 2011
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We all know that Whole Foods is coming to JP. And we know that the store is likely to have a big impact on the neighborhood—some of it good and some bad. We will have another place to buy healthy food and we will have more traffic. The new store is likely to contribute to...

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