Opinion

Letter: Thanks for help making party a hit

November 4, 2011
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The Nira Rock Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of the many people and organizations who made our “End of Summer Bash” a huge success! Loads of party-goers basked in the sun while enjoying free hot dogs and roasted Twinkies (delicious!), free food donated by local restaurants, free ice cream, world-class hula-hooping, juggling, ginormous bubbles and amazing face-painting!...

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JP Observer: Reviving, Not Retiring, in JP

October 21, 2011
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“So, how is retirement? What are you doing? How does it feel?” People, many looking ahead, ask me questions these days. I was on the radio, sort of, when I was a month old. My parents were being interviewed as the first post-WWII military couple in Southwestern Ohio to have a baby. It was...

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IdeAZ: Incompleto

October 21, 2011
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Jamaica Plain ya tiene su nuevo Neighborhood Council. Pero, como sucede en Boston, la elección no se hizo por mayoría. Si se recuerda, allá las autoridades ediles fueron seleccionadas por, apenas, un poco más del 30 por ciento de los que tienen capacidad para votar. Aquí el 24 de setiembre, que pasó, registró la...

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Editorial: JP’s missing children

October 21, 2011
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Nearly 1,170 children are missing from JP. That is the population plunge in the 17-and-under age category between 2000 and 2010, according to U.S. Census data analyzed by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. JP still has a lot of kids: 6,300, about 17 percent of the neighborhood population. But that drop-off is fairly staggering, especially...

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Editorial: Occupational therapy

October 21, 2011
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Don’t watch the Occupy Boston protest on TV. Go down to Dewey Square and see it for yourself. Listen to the stories about people who work from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and still can’t pay the bills. Watch the execs in silk ties smirk their way past the camp. See the diversity, from...

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Letter: ‘Inmates,’ not ‘convicts’

October 21, 2011
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I believe that both Rebeca Oliveira and Benjamin Colb did their article “Convicts turn a new leaf” (Oct. 7) a disservice by their overused term “convict,” which they used to describe two inmates, George Graham and Jason Conroy, both serving time at Boston Pre-Release Center on Morton Street and working at the center’s horticultural and...

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Letter: Obama outdoes Bush on lawlessness

October 21, 2011
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Remember the uproar when the Bush administration announced that they could imprison Americans indefinitely and without due process? Obama has now outdone Bush in his disregard for our Constitution by ordering the assassination of the Americans Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan in Yemen. It seems that the Sixth Amendment, the right to a trial in criminal...

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Letter: Double-bagging at Whole Foods

October 21, 2011
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I have an idea for a small business in JP. Situated discreetly around the corner from the new Whole Foods, a small pushcart business. This would rent recycled paper bags, with eyeholes cut out of them. Shoppers could stop at this cart before going into Whole Foods and rent a paper bag to wear...

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Letter: No right to make Whole Foods demands

October 21, 2011
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Although I would 10 times more like to have Hi-Lo as my neighbor than Whole Foods, I feel that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council has no right to demand anything from Whole Foods that it did not demand from Hi-Lo. (“Whole Foods will not create fund,” Sept. 23.) I would say the same about...

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Letter: In support of Occupy Boston protests

October 21, 2011
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It seems that this fall many Bostonians will be walking like an Egyptian. What started out as Mohamed Bouazizi’s last stand against those who tried to stop him from making a hard-earned buck has now turned into a global movement. The Arab Spring is no longer just an Arab thing. Wall Street represents the heart of the...

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