Editorials

Is It Okay to be Happy About Gentrification?

June 3, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone It’s hard to know how to feel when you watch the day of reckoning come for a next door neighbor you don’t particularly like. All over the city we hear about the ills of gentrification. We hear about the poor souls squeezed out by big money, pushed by economics and...
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Elephants and Creams

May 26, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone Maybe I’m the only one left, but I find it very disheartening, and more than a little depressing, to see that the Barnum & Bailey Circus has folded up its bigtop tent. Never again will the elephants, clowns and Ringmaster make their grant entrance into the Hub for a week...
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Memorial Day

May 26, 2017
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The calendar tells us that the Memorial Day weekend is upon is, although with the exception of a few days this spring, the cool and wet weather has not been a harbinger of warmth and sunshine. But for Americans of all ages, the holiday weekend, despite the temperature reading, symbolizes the start of the...
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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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