Editorials

Mayor’s New Number is 311

September 1, 2015
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Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline is one of...

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Downtown View:More Children Downtown. Now What?

September 1, 2015
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Mayor Menino has once again focused on the schools, and we hope he is more successful this year than in the past. Transforming Madison Park into an effective technical and vocational high school with adult education at night is inspired. Reducing busing and creating new improved neighborhood schools is necessary. And it’s obvious that...

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Can the Drug Epidemic be Stopped?

September 1, 2015
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A heroin epidemic is running rapid  throughout every neighborhood in the City of Boston. It’s cheap enough and readily available at the drop of a hat. While police are faced with a monumental task of taking drugs off the streets their efforts continue because most of the time the usual suspects are released by...

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DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

September 1, 2015
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Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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Mayor Committed to End Human Trafficking and Dealing with Climate Change

September 1, 2015
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Organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a conference to discuss human trafficking and climate change, was held at Vatican City with leaders from around the world, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The workshops entitled “The Modern Slavery and Climate Change” and “Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities” brought...

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Downtown View:Is There Hope for Downtown?

August 20, 2015
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Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from 2010. Isn’t it interesting how times have changed? Even though Downtown Crossing’s central location should make it a convenient destination for Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, North End and Waterfront residents, few choose to go there, even though a good number work nearby. I...

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Saving Millions

August 20, 2015
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Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Department of Public Works are to be congratulated for seizing the opportunity to convert about 70% of the city’s street lighting into LED lights. The initial cost for this project was estimated to be just north of $15 million.  However, between the special federal grant program and savings,...

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Stay Safe

August 20, 2015
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After the long and cold winter that we experienced, all of us are taking every opportunity to get outdoors this summer.  However, everyone (including our children) needs to take a moment before dashing outside in view of the warning recently issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that raises the West Nile Virus...

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The Back Bay Architectural Commission will Hold a Public Hearing

August 4, 2015
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DATE:                         Wednesday, 12 August 2015 TIME:                         4:30 P.M. VIOLATIONS  HEARING 5:00 P.M. DESIGN  REVIEW  HEARING PLACE:                                   Room 900 (BRA Board Room), ninth floor, Boston City Hall Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Appropriateness on the agenda below, review of architectural violations, and such business as may come before the commission,...

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Going for the Mold

August 4, 2015
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So we didn’t go for the gold after all. Instead we retreated to moldy old Boston where you wouldn’t want to do anything brash, imaginative or interesting. “We have our hats,” said the old Yankee lady, but Boston’s other tribes share her attitude. We don’t need anything new. I am usually an optimist, which...

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