Editorials

Downtown View:1,200 New Trees

April 29, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor The City of Boston started planting 1,200 trees along city streets in mid-April and will continue to do so until June. Every neighborhood gets them. Their hired contractor might grind out the stump of a dead tree. Then he’ll refresh the soil in the tree pit, dig the hole, water...
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Letters to the Editor

April 29, 2016
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Rosie’s Place thankful for volunteers Dear Editor, As Director of Volunteer Services at Rosie’s Place, I welcome the occasion of National Volunteer Month to acknowledge the more than 2,400 individuals who give their time and talents to us each year. We are especially grateful to Back Bay residents Jim Wiess, who generously volunteers as...
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Boston is Going Fiber

April 21, 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 Replacing our outdated copper-based telecom infrastructure with state-of-the-art fiber will dramatically improve internet connection speeds for both...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 21, 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...
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Happy Passover

April 21, 2016
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We wish the Jewish community a Happy Passover  that begins at sundown Friday night. The observance continues for eight days and commemorates the Israelites being freed by God from slavery in Egypt in biblical times. Passover commences with the First Seder, which is a special dinner that includes the recitation of the Kiddush, the...
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Letter to the Editor

April 14, 2016
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Getting the facts straight about urban renewal Dear Editor: In last week’s article “Community Leaders Express Outrage at BRA’s 6-year Extension of Powers,” the Beacon Hill Times showed an incredible lack of sound judgment in its reporting of the Boston City Council’s reauthorization of the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s urban renewal powers. Having facilitated a...
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Speed Racing

April 14, 2016
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Trying to catch drag racers as they zoom along Beacon Street at exactly the right moment is almost impossible unless you have a police car permanently stationed there 24/7 hours. Although there would be some public safety benefit, admittedly it would not be the best and highest use of the already-scarce resources of the...
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Downtown View:Heroic

April 7, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Mayor John Hynes was elected in 1949, John Collins in 1960. Collins brought in Ed Logue as the director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, established in 1957. These men faced a problem. Boston was in trouble. After a depression, two wars, long-time corruption and a changing industrial base, the city...
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Boston Strong

April 7, 2016
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That is the slogan, a rallying cry, that came out of the senseless bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  While the culprits and their associates are either dead or in jail, their actions still live on for the familes who lost their loved ones and the survivors that still carry the wounds that...
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The Final Report

April 1, 2016
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For more than 25 years, the Federal courts have been monitoring the quality and necessary cleanup of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18, 2016. Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and enjoyed the local...
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