Editorials

Federal Sequestration

March 5, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Street Sweeping Starts This Friday

March 1, 2013
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Well, we dodged another snow bullet over the weekend.  And if the weatherman is accurate then we will be getting some rain on Wednesday.  This is exactly what we need to get rid of those snow piles that  take away the far too scarce parking spaces on streets like Chestnut Street or Mt. Vernon...

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A Time to Take Stock

March 1, 2013
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The three- alarm fire that happend last week on Commonwealth Avenue should make all residents just stop and think for a minute. The fire did not occur in a builing that needed rehabbing, but happened in a high end renovation.  As a matter of fact, the origin of the fire has centered on the...

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Thank You, Ian

February 19, 2013
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Continuity is the key to success in any endeavor. At Hill House, this principle is all the more important.  At a community and non-profit organization, it is often very easy for very good people to leave very quickly.  Often, their tenure does not last with completion of ideas and programs that they have started...

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“Outside of the Box”

February 19, 2013
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One only has to look at the Boston Common and know that the health of this fragile resource is still in jeopardy.  It was only a few years ago that we heard from members of Friends of the Public Garden, how the earth that the grass grew on was so packed down because of...

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The Cold Temperatures

February 19, 2013
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We were spoiled after last week’s balmy temperatures.  We agree that the Blizzard of 2013 was not much fun especially if you had to do the snow shoveling, but the temperatures last week were enjoyable.  But Sunday and Monday came and back into the deep freeze we went. Of course for many of us,...

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Thank You, Rep. Walz

February 5, 2013
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We in the 8th Suffolk District have been the recipients of excellent representation in the State House of Representatives.   Rep. Marty Walz, who will be leaving in February, and her predecessor, Rep. Paul Demakis, both have given extraordinary service to their constituents. For too many political office seekers, being in the State Senate or...

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The Way of the Future

January 29, 2013
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In the days before Proposition 2 ½ crippled local cities and towns, the thought of having private funds being raised to maintain and improve public recreational spaces would have been considered ludicrous.  However as the expression goes: that was then and this is now. What brings this to mind is the recent positive local...

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Remembering Rev. King: A Great Man Who Stood Up for the Rights of Everybody

January 22, 2013
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For those of us of a certain age, it is hard to imagine that 2013 will mark 45 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Recalling the news of his murder still brings chills and a deep sense...

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Not a Great Idea: Regional Housing Authorities a Disservice

January 22, 2013
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Everything in life has its pluses and minuses. But in our view, whatever the pluses may be of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to eliminate the 240 local housing authorities and consolidate them into six regional offices are far outweighed by the negatives. We simply would note that it has been our experience that corruption...

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