Editorials

Downtown View:The Growing Obsession with Mattresses

June 10, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor What is this growing obsession with mattresses? Mattresses—possibly one of the most boring items you’ll ever need or buy—have exploded in heft, risen in price, peppered malls and downtown Boston streets though the growing number of mattress-specialty stores, become a topic of concern in newspaper and magazine articles, been featured...
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Enjoy — Remember — Bunker Hill Day

June 10, 2016
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The celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill is a week-long festival in Charlestown that began this past Sunday and will be highlighted this coming Sunday with the annual parade. It is an event that has been observed for hundreds of years in Charlestown and is enjoyed by residents of all ages. If you...
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TV Dinners and the Vietnam War

May 27, 2016
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By Phineas J. Stone As Memorial Day approaches, I am often confronted by the faces of the young men who went away to war and never returned. I can put myself in their shoes certainly. Their faces are so fresh and eager, naive, and ready to conquer the world. They left indestructible in their...
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We Need to Rethink Language Immersion in Schools

May 27, 2016
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By Senator Sal DiDomenico One of the most important priorities for our Commonwealth’s schools is to ensure that our students have the tools to succeed – both academically and vocationally – in today’s rapidly globalizing economy.  And yet, far too often, I hear from families and educators in my district about students who struggle...
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Enjoy the Weekend — Safely

May 27, 2016
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We saw a statistic the other day that seemed baffling: The death toll on our nation’s roads and highways once again is on the rise. Last year, there were 38,000 highway fatalities in America. That’s about 100 Americans killed every day in motor vehicle-related crashes and accidents. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands...
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Let’s Remember the True Meaning of Memorial Day

May 27, 2016
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Memorial Day, our most solemn national holiday, will take place this weekend. It is symptomatic of our national culture that for most Americans, the true meaning of Memorial Day has long been lost amidst the excesses of our materialistic society. Since the 1960s, when Congress voted to make it part of a three-day weekend,...
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Letter to the Editor

May 20, 2016
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Takes issue with proposed construction on Marlborough Street Dear Editor: 362 Marlborough proposes: construction of a one-story rear yard brick addition with a garage door, pedestrian door and roof-top deck, which would require destruction of portions of historic façade and removal of a beautiful and healthy mature flowering dogwood tree;  construction of a main...
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And Speaking of Greenery,Tree Locations Being Sought

May 20, 2016
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Just a few weeks ago we were still in the  throes of winter with bare trees; but today with the leaves of many tress coming out, the sight makes one realize how lucky we are to have so many mature trees in our neighborhood.  The importance of trees in our neighborhoods was evident last...
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Beacon Hill Garden Club Tour

May 20, 2016
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Today’s weather makes you feel like just being outdoors as the 87th Annual Beacon Hill Garden Tour begins.  This is a real opportunity for residents to visit these unique green spots in an inner city neighborhood where homeowners do an unbelievable job in turning a small backyard into a flowering oasis. In the last...
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Downtown View:Chain Store Sorrows

May 13, 2016
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By Karen Cord Taylor Local businesses or chain stores. Which is best for Boston neighborhoods and such shopping attractions as Faneuil Hall Marketplace? The tension has resurfaced recently with a local merchant at Faneuil Hall threatened with eviction, two San Francisco chain stores opening on Charles Street on Beacon Hill and fear by North...
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