Opinion

An Open Letter from Jamaica Plain clergy on Black Lives Matter

March 11, 2016
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We love Jamaica Plain. Nowhere else in Boston is there such a diverse mix of peoples and cultures so close together. The community we share is, for us, a little taste of Eden in America, to invoke the old 19th century appellation for our neighborhood. But as people of faith, we are not blind...

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Letter: Mental health

March 11, 2016
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I recently read a letter to the editor on these pages in which the writer stated she opposed the criminalization of mental health. The writer states she is a graduate social work student and states there has been “a growing number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons since deinstitutionalization took...

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Letter: Destruction of Jamaica Pond wall

March 11, 2016
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On Feb. 16, a DCR work crew demolished a section of historic Jamaica Pond stone retaining wall to drain backed up rainwater from Frances Parkman Drive. To date, there has been no explanation, apology, or repair. This confirms, if more evidence were needed, that DCR cannot be trusted to conserve our community’s historic resources....

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Letter: Be honest, Mayor Walsh: What are your plans?

March 11, 2016
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The recent proposed budget cuts in the Boston Public Schools, and the subsequent articles and interviews that followed only underscore what a disservice we, as a city, are doing to our children. Mayor Martin Walsh has indicated that the school department has a bloated budget. The school department, he reasoned, needs to become more...

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35 S. Huntington Ave.

February 26, 2016
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The debate over whether the 35 S. Huntington Ave. project falls within Jamaica Plain or Mission Hill is asinine. The project is on the border and both neighborhoods should be able to give input on it—that includes the local councils and associations that represent them. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has recently commenced a concerted...

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Editorial: MBTA fare hikes

February 26, 2016
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The MBTA is a disgrace. It is a public transportation system that catches fire, routinely breaks down, and has a subway line that taking a ride on is probably worse than waterboarding (See: B branch of the Green Line). This is what resident get in a supposedly “world-class” city. The MBTA now wants to...

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Criminalization of mental health

February 26, 2016
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As a graduate social work student, I am very concerned about what seems to be the criminalization of people with mental health issues. There have been a growing number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons since deinstitutionalization took place from 1955 to 1980. Over 15 percent of prisoners are suffering...

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Letter: Other presidential choices

February 26, 2016
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As informed voters, we can better serve our democracy. As we vote on March 1, you might be surprised to learn that there is a Green-Rainbow Party ballot with five Green Party presidential candidates. In addition to Dr. Jill Stein, a Massachusetts “favorite daughter,” William Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Darryl Cherney, and Sedinam Kinamo Christin...

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Op-Ed: Building America’s most age-friendly city

February 12, 2016
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Here in Boston, we are committed to making our city a place where everyone can succeed—of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. This is our guiding principle as we plan and build the future of our city. That’s why an essential goal of our citywide plan is to make sure the seniors who built our...

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The health care solution

February 12, 2016
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Our health care crisis continues. We have the most expensive, complicated, and fragmented system of health care in the world and sadly, poor health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act’s mandate forcing everyone to buy health insurance still leaves us with unaffordable health care as the health care industry responds with ever-increasing premiums, co-payments, deductibles,...

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