Opinion

JP Observer: Student playing field funding down to the wire

January 31, 2014
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Parents and students at the Curley K-8 School on Centre Street, as well as friends and interested community members, have been working very hard since last May to raise money for a new schoolyard. They deserve to succeed, and the larger Jamaica Plain community should come forward in the next few weeks to insure...

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Editorial: Un-ruin the Bear Dens

January 31, 2014
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The Gazette’s further revelations this week about the decaying Bear Dens in Franklin Park underscore the need for action. The lack of historic protection and ownership confusions place the charming structure in danger. But the many good ideas already collected from the public in prior decades point the way to its future. The Bear...

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Editorial: Congratulations to Arredondo

January 31, 2014
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Congratulations to Carlos Arredondo and his new friend, Jeff Bauman, on being invited by the First Lady to the president’s State of the Union speech. Both are heroes of the Boston Marathon bombing in their own rights, and their friendship is a testament to the triumph of good will over cowardly violence. Arredondo, a...

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Editorial: Sen. Chang-Díaz’s good ideas

January 31, 2014
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State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is promoting some good ideas for voting reform, including early voting provisions and same-day registration. Voting needs to be secure, but too often it is needlessly confusing and inconvenient, involving strange timing and various deadlines. As a fundamental civil right, hurdles toward it should be few and low. The senator,...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Warren on Iran stand

January 31, 2014
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As a Massachusetts voter who doesn’t want another war, I am proud that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke out against new sanctions and in support of the first-step nuclear deal with Iran. It is alarming that some in Congress are calling to violate the deal with new sanctions and sabotage this historic diplomatic opening....

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Letter: Parkside historic district needed

January 31, 2014
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Parkside, which was last inventoried (and incompletely so) by the Boston Landmarks Commission 30 years ago, deserves status as a historic district or architectural conservation district. As learned from the Dr. Marie Zakrzewska House tear-down on Peter Parley Road last year, significant historic resources such as the Wellington Kidder House; 18 Robeson St. (with...

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Letter: Thanks to Sen. Chang-Díaz on poverty issues

January 31, 2014
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Our op-ed “Welfare ‘reform’ would only deepen a poverty crisis,” (Jan. 17) did not include our appreciation of the strong advocacy efforts of state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz to combat further undermining of families in need. The Senate had not gone back into session by the by the time we submitted our article. Georgia Mattison,...

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Editorial: Walsh deserves our support

January 17, 2014
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh has taken over the reins of power at Boston City Hall, and he has set high goals for his administration. These goals are never easy to attain under the best of circumstances, and these are not the best of circumstances. With a new administration, many residents are expecting quick changes,...

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Editorial: Bear Dens a symptom of park malaise

January 17, 2014
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The sorry state of the historic Bear Dens in Franklin Park is symptomatic of the City’s long disregard for its outstanding park system. Mayor Walsh, already smartly pledging to fix City Hall Plaza’s open space disaster, has an excellent opportunity to make the entire Emerald Necklace shine its brightest. Boston’s parks are no disaster...

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Editorial: Walsh moving BRA in right direction

January 17, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority is regularly subjected to JP criticism and lawsuits, and rightly so. It’s an overpowered, unaccountable dinosaur. Mayor Walsh is moving in the right direction with promised BRA reform. He is pledging an independent audit of the secretive quasi-public agency. He is actively working on legislation to reform it, including by...

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