Opinion

¿Hasta cuándo?…

October 7, 2011
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“Es una indiecita” – Dice un dominicano indicando a una muchachita de un color oscuro que nada tiene que ver con la raza afro-americana. Lo repite porque es una costumbre, más que una situación razonada. Pero. Quienes quieran responder, no se deben sentir mal porque, igual, gente con muchos estudios o con gran formación...

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Editorial: Take a pass on an overpass

October 7, 2011
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All things being equal, replacing the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills with surface streets rather than another bridge is the better option. A surface solution would untangle some of the insane intersections in the area. It would be friendlier to pedestrians and bicyclists, who are treated like targets in the current configuration. It would...

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Editorial: Justice and mystery

October 7, 2011
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Clerk Surendra Dangol died on the floor of the Monument Square Tedeschi’s in 2009 for no reason at all. JP isn’t supposed to be like that. Life isn’t supposed to be like that. A court restored a sense of order last week by sending Edward Corliss to prison for life for killing Dangol during...

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Letter: Thanks to a great librarian

October 7, 2011
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I am writing to publicly thank Laraine Hall, who recently retired from the Boston Public Library Jamaica Plain Branch. As a regular BPL visitor, I can’t thank Laraine enough for her wonderful years of public service working at the circulation desk. Laraine knew all the regulars; always had a smile and a kind word;...

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Letter: Replace overpass with streets

October 7, 2011
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Over the last five months of meetings about the future of the Casey Overpass site, I have come to recognize this project’s enormous potential to transform the area for the better, and I have become increasingly convinced that a street-level solution would be the best outcome for the entire community. As a member of...

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Letter: Thanks for a great JPNC election

October 7, 2011
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Thanks to everyone in JP who took time out to vote on Saturday in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council election. The turnout was by far more than the last vote. The JPNC will work for you and hopefully make voting even easier two years from now. Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up...

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Letter: Wine store plan could go wrong

October 7, 2011
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I am a resident and parent of young children. I am very upset to find out that a new wine and beer store is being proposed across the street from the Curley School where I in fact attended middle school. Jamaica Plain has numerous places to purchase wine, beer and alcohol. To allow a...

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JP Observer: Cast a ballot, see art this weekend

September 23, 2011
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Jamaica Plain—known for its art and its activism—will be the site of two significant community-wide events this weekend, Sept. 24 and 25. One is the 18th Annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios, featuring the work of more than 220 local artists, sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council. The other, taking place only on Sept....

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 27, too

September 23, 2011
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Egleston Square-area citizens should seize their chance to vote in the Sept. 27 preliminary election for the District 7 Boston City Council race. Turnout in preliminaries is usually terrible. The vote only narrows the field; deciding the winner comes in the Nov. 8 final election. And the District 7 race has been quiet in...

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Editorial: Vote Sept. 24

September 23, 2011
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How great is this neighborhood? Well, we have our own mini city council that the government actually listens to on quality-of-life issues that affects us all sooner or later. A lot of places would kill to have something like the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. If you like democracy, you know how lucky we are...

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