Editorials

The New Rust Belt in the Fenway, Cambridge

May 19, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone Loans only work when they’re paid back, and when they’re not paid – the whole system runs dry. It has surprised me few people in Boston have paid attention to the alarming rate of default/deferral on student loans, which I believe I read last December had been revised to more...
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An End to the Drought — for Now

May 19, 2017
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Last week, state officials announced that the entire state of Massachusetts was no longer in a drought emergency. This certainly comes as good news to residents. Over the last six months, every time it rained or snowed and there were a lot of days of rain and snow, all one could say was that...
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A Mish-Mash of All Things Boston

May 12, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone It’s not too often we think of the ground under our feet, or for that matter, on the side of the street gutters, but this is the kind of stuff that really impresses out-of-towners. As Bostonians, it blends into the landscape. Who really cares what our curbs are made of?...
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Letter to the Editor

May 12, 2017
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Newbury Street League celebrating 45 years Dear Editor: This year, the Newbury Street League will celebrate its 45th Anniversary!  Our Mission is to Beautify & Maintain Newbury Street and to market and promote our member businesses. Our very unique and charming Newbury Street is what draws locals as well as visitors from around the world to...
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The Case for Safe Injection Facilities is in Fighting Addiction

May 12, 2017
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By State Sen. William Brownsberger Recently, the Massachusetts Medical Society endorsed the creation of safe injection facilities for people with opiate substance use disorders. I am the sponsor of a bill to create a framework for legal operation of these facilities. The bill is a conversation starter — it needs a lot of refinement...
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The Foggy Reality of the Seaport

May 5, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone All of the fog and misty rain over the last several weeks jogged my memory about the Fort Point area. I used to love to wander over there to experience the solitude and near-emptiness of that area. The old Boston Wharf buildings were just an adventure waiting to happen. The...
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Letters to the Editor

May 5, 2017
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Re: The Challenges Of Newbury Street & Hard Times On Newbury Street Dear Editor: Mike Jammen’s letter in the April 27 Boston Sun, “The Challenges of Newbury Street,” describes a litany of problems, from recalcitrant neighborhood and retail associations to unreasonable tax and parking rates. However, his conclusion seems to be that Newbury Street...
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The Fire That No One Talks About… For Very Long, At Least

April 29, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone Few really are paying much attention, but this city has been on fire over the past few weeks. The chaos in some of the city’s neighborhoods is at an absolute tipping point. There have been about 10 shootings since last Friday, three dead by my count – most young people....
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Letter to the Editor

April 29, 2017
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The Challenges of Newbury Street Dear Editor, In response to Ms. Treffeisen’s article in the April 20th edition of the Boston Sun, I would like to offer the following: As one of the major Landlords on Newbury we, and more importantly, our retailers, certainly face challenges in doing business on Newbury Street.  Many of...
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How Boston Basics Helps Our Children

April 29, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Ron Ferguson Here in Boston, we are committed to creating an equitable city for all. Reaching this goal requires many approaches. But if we really want to create more opportunities for success and close the achievement gap in our City once and for all, our primary focus needs...
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