Editorials

The Tough New Manager

April 10, 2012
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A few weeks back, Mayor Menino invited Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to lunch with a number of his friends at Parkman House in order to introduce him properly to some of the business people of Boston. Valentine was his inimitable self – that is – strong and fit in appearance, unambiguous about what...

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The $600 Million Lottery Wager and Its Lesson

April 3, 2012
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Even those who are aloof about casino gambling coming to Massachusetts had to look with more than just a bit of awe upon the hoopla and the result of last week’s Mega Million Lottery game which took in $39 million in Massachusetts. The take in all the participating states came to more than $600...

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Back to Reality with Mark Twain

March 29, 2012
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It was, we are certain, with great difficulty that most homeowners turned their heat on Saturday and Sunday due to the vastly changed weather situation. It is, forecasters predict, a condition appearing certain to continue for much of the week. All is not lost but then, everything about the heat we’ve experienced for the...

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Chaos Just Around the Corner

March 20, 2012
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The transformer fire that plunged nearly the entirety of the Back Bay into darkness last week reveals how fragile our existence is and also how our lives can be altered dramatically in a matter of a few minutes. It also revealed how unprepared all of us are for life without electricity and to what...

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Is the Winter Finished?

March 16, 2012
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The clocks have been changed and we’ve gained an hour. The sun is out longer during the day and it comes out earlier in the morning. By all first appearances the cold has been pushed back. It is in a literal retreat. The warmer air of the past few days gives us all the...

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Welcome and Good Luck

March 16, 2012
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Boston Police Captain Thomas Lee has taken over command of District A-1. This is our district and one of the most important commands in the city of Boston. He replaces Captain John O’Rourke, who has been given an appointment as a deputy superintendent. Captain O’Rourke was highly respected in all the neighborhoods he served....

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It Takes a Community Effort

March 8, 2012
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The Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area are holding their first planning meeting of 2012 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street, Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. If history is the judge of what and how the PSPA will rally its forces to improve the playground for the coming season,...

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MBTA to Avoid Cuts

March 8, 2012
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It is becoming obvious that every effort is being made by the MBTA, and the governor, to avoid cancellation of T services in Greater Boston in return for a fare increase. At an estimated 25 percent raise, we are not exactly sure how fair it is for those Boston residents using the T everyday...

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Charles Street Market Prevails for Now

February 29, 2012
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The desire of Capital One Bank to take over the commercial space now occupied by the Charles Street Market caused a great stir among many residents and organizations like the Beacon Hill Civic Association in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. That powerful collective voice caused 1,300 Beacon Hill residents to sign a petition stating that...

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The US Postal Service

February 21, 2012
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Many of you who use the post office, heard last week that the US Postal Service is suggesting a .50 cent stamp as the standard cost for mailing a letter. We don’t suppose this shocks anyone as the US Postal Service is heading for bankruptcy. Its estimated loss this year is predicted at $13...

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