Editorials

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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The Budget

Mayor Menino has presented his $2.4 billion Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 and he has also presented a five year $1.7 billion Capital Plan, including $168.7 million in new FY 2012 project authorizations. He has presented this to the Boston City Council. Every important base in a big city budget is tweaked and...

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Much to look forward to

It was an America at peace with itself this long Memorial Day weekend. The kick-off to the Summer of 2011 went smoothly in New England and here in the Greater Boston area where the weather finally, fully, wonderfully cooperated, sending tens of thousands to our beaches and into the streets of our neighborhoods for...

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The Weather

Cab drivers share cab stories. Cops trade cop stories. New Englanders talk about the weather. For the past ten days we have experienced nothing but rain, cold, dreariness and more dreariness. This spate of bad weather at a time when things are supposed to be looking up tends to bring down even the heartiest...

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Gael Mahony Honored, and Rightfully So

This year’s 15th annual Beacon Award, given by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, went to Gael Mahony, the BHCA’s first president. Mr. Mahony for 50 years has been an inspiration to those he served with as well as a friend to the many people living on Beacon Hill. Over the years, his sage legal...

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