Editorials

The Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2012
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The symbolic end of summer – the Labor Day weekend -  has come and gone, again.  The holiday has its origins in the 1880’s and was intended at first to celebrate the contributions and achievements of American workers. Celebrating the achievements of American workers is a bit dated these days – and what’s more...

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The Summer of 2012

August 28, 2012
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For those of us who regret the end of summer, who refuse to believe that it is nearly done, well, it is that time of the year again when summer is breathing its last breath, when each day at the beach is one of the last days at the beach this season, and when...

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The Changing Times

August 21, 2012
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Among public officials who are dealing with increasingly tricky density issues in cities across the land, there is the trend in belief about the future of our neighborhood shopping areas that automobiles are going to become a thing of the past. In most older American cities like Boston, where density has been an issue...

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Thesis and Anti-Thesis

August 14, 2012
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Our neighborhoods, thankfully, are among the safest in the city. Beacon Hill and the Back Bay are examples of wonderful places to live, to shop, to own businesses or to tour. And best of all, our neighborhoods are virtually absent of violent crime and of the pervasive gun play occurring in other neighborhoods with...

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The Long Hot Summer

August 7, 2012
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The scorching heat of the past weekend and of the week before has left the neighborhood very, very hot. In fact, as all of us are completely aware, this has been a long hot summer – perhaps the hottest in recent memory. In other parts of the nation, states are experiencing drought conditions this...

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Bicycling Boston; Becoming the Green and Healthy Thing to Do

August 1, 2012
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The announcement last week by Mayor Menino that the city is allowing the addition of another 400 Hubway bicycles at an additional number of stops in more than several neighborhoods. The additional bicycles and stands will make it easier and easier for tourists and residents and for visitors to Boston who want to bike...

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The Summer of 2012

July 24, 2012
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The tragedy in Colorado has touched Americans in different ways everywhere during this otherwise lovely summer of 2012. The mass murder and shooting of so many innocents last week at a movie-plex in Aurora goes to prove once again how chance and fate often mix and with the worst possible results. However, it is...

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City Deploying Big Bellys to Be Greener and to Save Money

July 18, 2012
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Boston is deploying another 400 Big Belly solar powered trash compactors, the mayor reported over the weekend. By doing so, Boston will manage to be a cleaner city and to be a greener place while saving money. All of this is achieved with the barrels, which are enclosed and immune from the elements and...

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The Empty Neighborhood

July 16, 2012
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The surest sign that the full blossom of the summer is upon us following the July 4 holiday is that one can find a parking space more easily just about everywhere. Anecdotal evidence suggests strongly what many Beacon Hill and Back Bay residents have known for decades – that after the July 4 holiday...

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Naming Public Places in Return for Payment

July 16, 2012
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The T has decided to sell naming rights for its various stations throughout the city in order to bring in more income. It is probably bad public policy to begin naming our public places for a price to virtually any corporation who wishes to pay it. Like everything else having to do with policy,...

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