Editorials

We Remember It Well…

March 31, 2017
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The “it” we are referring to  was the surprise April Fool’s Day snowstorm of 1997 — 20 years ago this week — that dumped 25 inches of snow in this immediate area and even more in other places in the Greater Boston area. We recall that the weather forecasters had not predicted such a...
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A Quinzani Roll with My Crab Rangoon

March 17, 2017
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Now that it’s official the Quinzani’s Bakery site in the South End will become high-end residences, it’s time to wax poetic about their rolls and their Italian bread – the loaves with the garlic butter already inside. The City recently approved a major project to replace the old bakery and a bean sprout company....
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow — Not

March 17, 2017
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Even though we have had a mild winter, the major snowstorm this week was not welcome! By mid-March, we are ready for winter’s bleakness to depart and for spring to arrive. Yes, we know that March comes in like a lion. As lifelong New Englanders, we are ready for anything that Mother Nature may...
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Happy St Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2017
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St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that brings a smile to everyone’s face — a day when everyone is Irish for a day. St. Patrick’s Day actually is a significant one in American history, marking the date in 1776 on which the British armed forces evacuated Boston (hence the official nomenclature, Evacuation...
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Cash Only, and a Rubber Band for Good Measure

March 10, 2017
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There are a lot of people who still carry around cash. A good majority of folks, especially the fast movers in our neighborhoods, rely only on the electronic world to make purchases. Having a few dollars in the pocket is a rarity for these folks. Everything is by credit, debit or the PayPal thing....
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Massachusetts is No 1

March 10, 2017
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Last week’s cover story in U.S. News & World Report that ranks Massachusetts as the overall top state in the nation comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked and lived in the Commonwealth for most of our lives. Although we will be the first to concede that there are many...
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The Boston of Street Telepathy and the Wiseguy Waltz

March 3, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone Last month, I was with a friend who was driving by a certain property one neighborhood away. My buddy saw a large, portly fellow standing on the sidewalk. “Watch what happens here, but don’t say anything,” he told me. “What am I supposed to do?” I said. “Just look serious,”...
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Don’t Drape Our Iconic Public Parks in Shadows

March 3, 2017
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By Elizabeth Vizza One of the world’s most livable cities, Boston is known for the iconic parks that comprise its heart, providing welcome open space in our urban environment while contributing to the physical and mental well-being of our residents and acting as a tourist hub to support our local economy. Boston Common and...
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Getting the Call for Just About Anything

February 28, 2017
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Those who follow Mr. Boston may now know that the old soul has achieved an e-mail address for readers to respond to and pass on comments. For the record, that is mrboston@thebostonsun.com. Getting that going made me think of the old days when the landline would ring at the various newspapers where I took...
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Beating Cancer Shouldn’t Force Patients into Bankruptcy

February 28, 2017
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By Kenneth E. Thorpe and Patricia J. Goldsmith Liza Bernstein survived breast cancer three times. But it took all she had. She lost her home and savings to the costs of tests and treatments. She’s not technically bankrupt — but that’s only because she “couldn’t afford the fees” to file the claim. Liza recently...
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