Editorials

Police Body Camera Trial Period Could Answer All the Questions

June 10, 2016
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Although he is not sold on the idea, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced plans for a trial program that will test body cameras on about 100 officers this summer using volunteer officers that choose to take part in the program. While proponents feel the plan should be implemented permanently, opponents do not feel...

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Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...

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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...

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Letters to the Editor

Reader makes case for curbed bicycle lanes I am writing to comment upon your May 7th article, “Charles Street” that speaks about the problem of bicyclists traveling the wrong way on the street. Cyclists have a responsibility to obey the traffic laws.  Additionally, the city has a responsibility of creating a viable pedestrian and...

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Charles Street

Driving down Charles Street recently, two bicyclists were going the wrong way heading towards Cambridge Street.  While there is nothing new in these bicyclists or skateboards going down the wrong way on Charles St. or for that matter on Bowdoin Street, action needs to be taken as there is an accident waiting to happen....

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Boston is Going Fiber

April 28, 2016
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By Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh This week I announced something that will change Boston’s future: working closely with the City over the next six years, Verizon will rewire the entire city with an advanced fiber-optic network. Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both...

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We Need A Transportation Transformation

April 28, 2016
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By Michelle Wu,                         Boston City Council President As a new mom, I think often about the world that my one-year-old son will grow up in. Twenty years from now, what will Boston look like? As excited as I am about the future of our city, one worry looms large: the increasing threat to our...

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Letter to the Editor

April 28, 2016
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Do not change street sweeping program Dear Editor: I read with great interest the editorial of April 18 regarding the City’s considering the possibility of replacing towing with a possible $90 fine. I am in complete agreement with the views expressed in the editorial, that the substitution of towing with a fine will not...

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Street Cleaning

April 28, 2016
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Well, Councillor Josh Zakim’s office received calls last week from several Beacon Hill residents following our editorial about the possibility of a change in the street sweeping program  — similar to the one  in Charlestown. All the residents who called were against any change. We thank the residents who called to voice their opposition...

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BHAC in the Thick of it Again

April 28, 2016
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Trying to protect the historical integrity of the Beacon Hill neighborhood seems to becoming more difficult these days for the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission (BHAC). A few years back, the commission refused to grant the approval for a generically  manufactured signal box that the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) wanted to put on Charles Street...

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