Editorials

Rents Up; Sales Down

July 26, 2011
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The real estate marketplace in June and July is sputtering just a bit compared with statistics for the same period last year according to a variety of sources who compile real estate sales information as well as rental information. Sales of existing properties are down about 15 percent and condo sales are down a...

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Celebrating Boston with John Winthrop Sears

July 19, 2011
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John Winthrop Sears name exudes Boston. It exudes the history of Boston. It is a name synonymous with the Founding Fathers of this city and state and with the first families of this nation from the time of our founding. Meeting with Mr. Sears is always to be informed about the great history he...

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The Dead of Summer

July 12, 2011
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It is the dead of summer, that moment in our lives and in the life of the summer when there is as much summer in front of us as behind us. For those of us who love the heat, who love the summer, who wait for it all winter and who yearn for it...

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The Fourth of July 2011

July 4 marked the 235th year of American Independence. It is a worthy occasion noting the anniversary of one of the great days in world history. If you are the type who appreciates history, the 235th anniversary of anything is a major occasion. If you are a European, there are celebrations that go back...

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Nike Way Off Base with Drug use Sloganeering

June 28, 2011
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The “Get High” advertising printed prominently on t-shirts in the window of the Nike store for everyone passing by to see last week caused Mayor Menino to write to the Nike Company and to ask them to remove the display. After a few days of inertia and ambiguity, the sporting wear company most popular...

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The Return of Whitey Bulger

June 28, 2011
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The capture of Whitey Bulger, the alleged commander and chief of the Irish mob in Boston, is being treated like a visit by the Pope. The hoopla surrounding Bulger’s arrest and return to Boston had the close-up effect of an M-80 going off. It made the recent Stanley Cup celebration, by comparison, look like...

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The City’s Response to the Bruins Victory was on the Mark

June 22, 2011
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Some sports purists and civil libertarians said they felt let down by Boston’s official response to the Bruin’s Stanley Cup victory last week. They were miffed because crowds weren’t allowed to get out of hand on the night of the victory or to roam freely throughout the city burning cars and breaking windows and...

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The Rev. John Unni Sets a Wonderful Precedent

June 14, 2011
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Father John Unni delivered a homily of historic proportion for a Catholic church in Boston at Sunday’s Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay, The homily supported St. Cecilia’s gay and lesbian churchgoers as members of the much larger and more diverse congregation. Reverend Unni did not disappoint the men and women...

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Congressman Anthony Weiner

June 14, 2011
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New York Congressman Weiner has apparently checked himself into a rehab of some kind to give him counseling on how to better control himself from doing the kinds of things he has been doing. He has basically ruined his life and has shown himself to be damaged material. What he did is not normal....

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Gas Lamps Going Green

The period gas lanterns that give so much charm to our neighborhood are now being fitted with automatic igniters that will cause them to go on only in the evenings at nightfall rather than flickering wastefully all day. The city will save approximately $140,000 a year in fuel costs for the 2,800 lamps which...

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