Opinion

Letter: Thanks for Stone House support

August 30, 2013
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We recently completed our 18th 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. Our goal this year was to raise $175,000. I am elated to share that we have raised over $200,000 to date, making this year’s...

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Letter: JP’s kindness shows in helping lost dog go home

August 30, 2013
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While I was outside gardening on a recent Sunday, a very sweet, friendly dog I hadn’t seen before appeared. He had no collar or visible ID, although it was obvious that he was healthy and well cared for. My husband got him some water and I called a neighbor, who kindly brought over a...

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Letter: BTD’s ‘fingerprints’ on Casey project show stacked deck

August 30, 2013
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Thank you to the Gazette for the revealing article, “City officials secretly invited people to Casey meeting (Aug. 16).” I laughed at Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Tinlin’s “explanation” of why the BTD and Boston Redevelopment Authority would single out individuals who support the at-grade scheme eliminating the Casey Overpass and call them to make...

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Politics as Unusual: Dorchester is home to the race within the race

August 27, 2013
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In the kind of raucous and exhilarating election that we have on our hands, Dorchester is an intimidating gauntlet. Even residents and seasoned campaign operatives can get lost in the tribal abyss. Unless you’re a third generation ward captain who babysat for Tom Finneran when Mattapan was still part of Dorchester and the future...

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Politics as Unusual: ‘Ed reform’ cash makes Connolly biggest threat to BPS

August 20, 2013
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I didn’t plan on writing about schools this week. I already had another column mostly finished when I woke up today and found a whopper in the Boston Globe titled, “$500,000 push for Connolly planned.” It’s a piece about how Stand for Children, an Oregon-based nonprofit that alleges to foster education reform, plans to...

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Politics as Unusual: In this blue city, conservative votes can still count big

August 16, 2013
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Unlike what we saw in Missouri this week, there’s no rodeo in Boston where a clown could please a crowd by sporting a caricature mask of President Barack Obama. Nor do we have gas stations with rebel flags flying in full view, or a Fox News fan store at our airport like they do...

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Editorial: JPNC lawsuit and JPNC election

August 16, 2013
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The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s ongoing lawsuit against a local real estate development looks like it will be a double-edged sword in terms of drawing attention to the pending council election. The JPNC should make sure that potential candidates are fully aware of the lawsuit and any possible legal ramifications that might involve them....

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Editorial: Mayoral details

August 16, 2013
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Thanks to local Main Streets organizations and JP-based housing nonprofits for staging important mayoral forums to raise the neglected issues of small business development and Boston’s staggering cost of getting a roof over one’s head. Those conversations should continue, and in as much detail as possible. A lack of policy detail has allowed these...

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Editorial: A different chess move

August 16, 2013
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In the Aug. 2 issue, we praised the Boston Redevelopment Authority board of directors for its smart “chess move” of linking the redevelopment of Hyde Square’s former Norbert School building to a successful sale of the former Blessed Sacrament Church. That information was incorrect. In fact, the BRA board linked the school project to...

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Op-Ed: Small businesses belong on the mayoral agenda

August 16, 2013
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By Betsy Cowan, Richard Rouse and Gerald Robbins/Special to the Gazette Small businesses form the backbone of each unique neighborhood of Boston, investing in the City through taxes, local purchasing and local hiring. In addition, small businesses add vitality to the neighborhoods by attracting customers, beautifying their storefronts and improving the public safety and...

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