Opinion

Letter: JP Local First urges local holiday shopping

November 21, 2014
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We are fortunate in Jamaica Plain to be able to purchase a terrific cup of coffee, a useful tool for cooking a meal, a gift for a friend’s new baby, or a wholesome loaf of bread for dinner—all from locally-owned, independent businesses whose shop owners care about our neighborhood and are invested in our...

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Editorial: Remembering Mayor Menino

November 7, 2014
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In the week since Tom Menino passed away, much has been said about his stature as one of Boston’s great mayors. We’ll add that he would have been one of its great ex-mayors, too. The most remarkable thing about Menino was his unfeigned guy-from-the-old-neighborhood localism. Unlike virtually any pol you care to name, he...

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Letter: Thanks for supporting Elizabeth Stone House

November 7, 2014
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With our fundraising officially over, I’m thrilled to report that Wilderness Heals, a three-day hiking event in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to raise funds for the Elizabeth Stone House, has reached and surpassed our goal by raising more than $200,000. The Elizabeth Stone House provides residential and non-residential programs and services, as...

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JP Observer: New ‘reforms’ could reduce families getting state aid

October 24, 2014
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Most of us like to think we have government programs and funding in place to help poor and disabled people and their children in Massachusetts. We do, to some extent, but the state, under the well-worn label of “reform,” appears to be trying to reduce the number of recipients of Transitional Aid to Needy...

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Editorial: A change of tone on housing

October 24, 2014
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As the Gazette makes its twice-a-year return to Roslindale this week, we recall that neighborhood’s recent demographic history as a place where many JP artists and families relocated to escape skyrocketing housing prices and still have a great quality of life. The City’s new housing report, however, shows the displacement of lower-income, and increasingly...

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Editorial: O’Malley makes right call on council pay

October 24, 2014
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The Boston City Council voting itself a 23 percent pay raise—with a salary topping $100,000 a year—practically editorializes against itself. While people who can’t vote themselves a tax-funded raise struggle or are driven out of town, while many City agencies starve for resources, one might wonder why they deserve a raise at all, let...

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Letter: JP should oppose coffee shop chain

October 24, 2014
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A very large coffee chain in Europe, Caffè Nero, currently being boycotted in Great Britain because it exploits a loophole to avoid paying corporate taxes, is close to coming to 733 Centre St. They already have one café in Boston and plan on opening up to 10 more in the next five years. Many...

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Letter: JP Progressives urge ballot question votes

October 24, 2014
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On Nov. 4, voters have critical decisions to make at the polls. Among the most important are the four ballot questions, each of which is key for building a strong and progressive future for Massachusetts. The JP Progressives have endorsed—and urge your support—for voting “no-yes-yes-yes.” No on Question 1, to keep the T funded....

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Letter: Gazette only gave one side of feral cat dispute

October 24, 2014
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I am writing to express my disappointment that your article about the feral/roaming cat colony being maintained on Greenley Place over-sensationalized and did not entirely reflect the ongoing situation (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Yes, I have been living with the cat colony for about eight years and yes, the cats have...

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Letter: Caring for feral cats kills wildlife

October 24, 2014
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I am confused by the logic of people who care for feral cats. (“Feral felines spur neighborhood catfight,” Oct. 10.) Do they care at all about the wild birds—estimated to be more than 3 billion a year in the U.S.—and small mammals the cats kill? They should either take the cats into their homes...

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