Editorials

Happy Thanksgiving

November 24, 2016
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Thanksgiving is the ultimate family-centered holiday. Thanksgiving has no religious connotations, no national-celebration connotations, and no required gift-giving. It asks nothing more from each of us than just showing up (other than for the person who is doing all the cooking) and enjoying the company of our family and friends and then having a...

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Letter to the Editor

November 18, 2016
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Beacon Hill supports ‘Trick or Treat for UNICEF’ Dear Editor: As a volunteer for the New England office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, I’d like to thank businesses, residents and particularly the children of Beacon Hill for supporting “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” this past Halloween. Once again, Hill House distributed the little...

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Voters Approve Question 5

November 18, 2016
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By Beth Treffeisen The Community Preservation Act, that is designed to help Massachusetts cities and towns create affordable housing, preserve open space and develop outdoor recreation opportunities and rehabilitate historic sites passed in Tuesday’s election. “We are thrilled that Boston voters have voted yes for this opportunity to fund affordable housing, parks and open...

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Letter to the Editor

November 4, 2016
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Careless cyclist pose real danger Dear Editor On Wednesday, Oct. 19, at approximately 5:30 p.m., I witnessed a serious accident when a pedestrian, legally in the crosswalk, with the walk light on, was hit by a bicyclist. The cyclist riding west on Cambridge Street ran the red light at the corner of Cambridge and...

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Boston Parents Say No on 2

November 4, 2016
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Mary Battenfeld and Odette Williamson As Boston parents with deep commitments to improving educational opportunities for all children, we oppose ballot Question 2.  This extreme lift of the state charter cap will destroy opportunities for many children, in order to create options for some others. Our children have been Boston Public Schools students since...

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Gov Baker — A Profile in Courage

November 4, 2016
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With Republican office-holders abandoning their support of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump like the proverbial rats leaving a sinking ship, Massachusetts residents can be proud that our Governor, Charlie Baker, was among the very first prominent Republicans (he was number four, according to a recent article in the New York Times) to state on...

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Study the Ballot Questions

November 4, 2016
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Q.1 Expanded Slot Machine Gambling This proposed law would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 license which would permit operation of a gaming establishment with no table games and not more than 1,250 slot machines. The proposed law would authorize the Commission to request applications for additional license to...

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Why I Am Yes on 2

October 28, 2016
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By Marty Walz If all you know about Question 2, the ballot question that would lift the cap on public charter schools, is what you’ve seen on TV – chances are good you’re confused about how to vote. As the author of the current charter school law when I was a state Representative and...

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Have A Safe and Happy Halloween

October 28, 2016
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Halloween will be observed this Monday, and that means that  scores of children and others will be roaming our streets during the early-evening hours as they go about their ritual of trick-or-treating in our neighborhoods. It is up to each one of us to be extra-observant if we are operating a  motor vehicle during...

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Letter to the Editor

October 21, 2016
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‘What ever happened to  affordable housing?’ Years ago, I wrote an article about affordable housing, or lack thereof, in the City of Boston. Now, 14 years later, I’m still wondering, “What ever happened to affordable housing?” “Luxury Condos” are going up everywhere. Here on the West End, we were told that residents “requested” more...

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