Opinion

Letter: Dangerous bicyclists need to learn to share the path

September 12, 2014
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I am a resident of Jamaica Plain and a taxpayer for the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the federal government of the United States. I am a U.S. citizen, born and raised in JP and Roxbury. I am also a pedestrian who doesn’t drive or ride a bike. I walk and take the T....

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Letter: Join the People’s Climate March

September 12, 2014
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Dear Neighbors, Some of you may know me through my house, JP Green House. My family and I built one of the first “carbon-neutral” houses in Jamaica Plain—rehabbing a hundred-year-old corner store in the Woodbourne neighborhood. With the addition of solar panels this year, we are now “energy positive”—the house creates more energy than...

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JP Observer: On public issues, let’s not overlook the intangibles

August 29, 2014
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“If donors had their way,” an out-of-state college administrator told me in confidence years ago, “this campus would be crowded with benches. Everywhere you look you would see benches, many with plaques with people’s names on them.” The crowd stared out the windows, apparently imagining the scene. “So many people want the money they...

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Editorial: Remembering JP activists

August 29, 2014
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Jamaica Plain has lost two of the people who embodied and helped create what “Jamaica Plain” means today. Carlos Icaza was a classic JP community activist, working both in high-profile leadership positions and behind the scenes to improve the neighborhood for more than 35 years. Dr. Ángel Amy Moreno was among the many people...

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Editorial: JP’s great festivals

August 29, 2014
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The JP Music Festival returns next week for its fourth year. It’s a great grassroots event that reminds us how deeply diverse, talented and creative the JP music scene is. It joins the Wake Up the Earth Festival, JP Open Studios and the Jamaica Pond Lantern Parade as among JP’s trademark community and artistic...

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Letter: Tolman’s policies and record reasons to vote for him

August 29, 2014
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I am writing to voice my support for Warren Tolman in his campaign to secure the Democratic nomination to become the next Massachusetts attorney general. For the past two decades Warren has worked tirelessly to fight for working families across the Commonwealth. I first became a Warren Tolman fan during his time in the...

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Letter: Why Tolman is the right nominee for AG’s Office

August 29, 2014
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In the race for attorney general, Warren Tolman stands out to me as the right choice, and the reason is simple: he will maximize the potential of the office by standing up and fighting for the people of the Commonwealth. So, how is the office’s potential maximized? Through leadership—a trait that is nothing short...

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Editorial: Legislative achievements

August 15, 2014
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With our state legislators wrapping up another session of lawmaking, a couple of items strike us as particularly noteworthy. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz was a strong proponent of election reforms that expand access to the voting booth. Early voting, which works very well in other states, is one of those excellent reforms. So is...

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Letter: State government should divest from fossil fuels

August 15, 2014
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Regarding the July 18 article “First Church UU divesting from fossil fuels”: Right now, Massachusetts pension funds are invested in fossil fuel industries. This is wrong. We should divest from the fossil fuel industries and invest in other industries that do not contribute to climate change. Climate change is already affecting Massachusetts. It casts...

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Letter: Gazette is misleading about 71 South St. project

August 15, 2014
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The Gazette’s Aug. 1 story “South Street office-to-houses project shot down” misleads readers about the zoning issues at the 71 South St. site. First, the Gazette asserts that the “4,684 square-foot-lot…is zoned for a three-family house.” This is incorrect. In fact, pursuant to Article 55 of the Zoning Code, and as shown on Map...

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