Editorials

Playing Ball on the Street and the Good Old ‘Pinkie’

June 30, 2017
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By Phineas J. Stone I was reminded by a recent article in the Sun about playing ball in the street or on the greenies. I was further reminded of it when I recently saw an old picture of the South End – when it extended all the way up to Tyler Street before the...
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Enjoy A Safe and Sane Fourth of July

June 30, 2017
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The summer season’s big holiday, the Fourth of July, is upon us. Millions of Americans will be celebrating the holiday — which will be a long and extended four-day weekend for many of us — with friends and family in a multitude of ways. Boating, beaching, mountain hiking, and summer getaways of all kinds...
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Questioning the Curious Pedestrian and Others Around Us

June 23, 2017
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There’s no question that Boston residents have a bit of steel barrier between themselves and all others. Maybe you’re a tourist on vacation and reading this column, or maybe you’ve lived in the Hub for a bit and haven’t yet cracked the code. One of the best ways to penetrate the cranky veneer of...
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The Opioid Epidemic is Truly Frightening

June 23, 2017
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If you were to ask the typical American what they believe to be the greatest danger to the well-being of our children and citizens, no doubt most would answer the threat from international terrorism. But the reality is that terrorism, even if you count the World Trade Center attack on 9/11, registers barely a...
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Technology is Killing Us

June 17, 2017
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It often is said that technology is a two-edged sword. While it certainly is true that advances in technology bring many benefits, those benefits often find themselves subject to the law of unintended consequences. The dramatic rise in cell phone use represents a clear example of how technology can have an adverse impact on...
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How We’re Making Boston an Age-Friendly City

June 9, 2017
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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh What does it mean to be an age-friendly city? It means a city that adapts its structures and services to provide accessibility and inclusion to residents of all ages and abilities. That’s why we’ve created the Age-Friendly Boston Action Plan to serve as our City’s blueprint to make Boston...
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Gov Baker Stands Tall — Again

June 9, 2017
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The swift and unequivocal announcement last Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker that Massachusetts will join in an initiative with other states to encourage alternative forms of energy in order to reduce carbon emissions is yet another example of the sort of straightforward decision-making that has become a hallmark of the Baker administration. Gov. Baker’s...
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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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