Editorials

Cyber Crimes Against Women Need Prioritizing

March 25, 2013
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Lawmakers and the justice system needs to begin prioritizing investigations and prosecutions of cyber abuse crimes targeting women. While protections against violent online threats already exist, reportedly, enforcement is drastically lagging across the country. It is estimated that 2.5 million cases of cyber-stalking that occurred in the US between 2010 and 2013, federal prosecutors...

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Street Parking Savers Need to Be Banned

March 25, 2013
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Like the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA), we agree that the street parking savers situation needs to be banned or at least it needs to be refined. Just because someone, shovels their vehicle out for whatever reason, it is still a public space and doesn’t belong to the person who shoveled. The same people...

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Do We Have Any Privacy?

March 25, 2013
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The notion of privacy has received much attention recently. I’m still waiting for someone to draw a reasonable line about how far to go in collecting information on the world’s population. The new handringing about privacy began when Edward Snowden, the contractor working for the National Security Agency, leaked classified documents to the press...

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Opinion

March 25, 2013
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Downtown School

March 19, 2013
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The announcement on last Friday by Mayor Thomas Menino of  the pending  purchase of the building at 585 Commercial Street in the North End for a new K-8 school with an opening in 2016 certainly comes as good news to the many downtown families of the more than 2,000 school age children that have...

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Downtown School Meeting

March 12, 2013
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Over the last six months, the Boston Public Schools and the School Choice plans have emerged to the forefront in local politics especially for  parents whose children are or could be attending public schools in Boston. The decisions being made today by city officials on the future of public school education will affect us...

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Student Jobs Are Important

March 12, 2013
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Thousands of Boston students will be seeking jobs this summer and it appears that there will not be enough jobs to go around. Apparently the city’s budget cannot provide all the jobs needed for the number of students expected to apply for them. The city will be heavily dependent on the private sector to...

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Thank You

March 5, 2013
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In our neighborhood, there is nothing more scarce than open, safe and appealing public spaces.  For too long, we have seen how municipal and recent state budget cuts have had a negative impact on our parks with necessary repairs often being postponed. The recent action of the following businesses, Lenox Hotel, LAZ Parking, Panificio...

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Federal Sequestration

March 5, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Friday

March 1, 2013
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Well, we dodged another snow bullet over the weekend.  And if the weatherman is accurate then we will be getting some rain on Wednesday.  This is exactly what we need to get rid of those snow piles that  take away the far too scarce parking spaces on streets like Chestnut Street or Mt. Vernon...

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