Editorials

Mayor Menino Stepping Down

April 5, 2013
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The announcement last Thursday by Mayor Thomas Menino that he will not seek a sixth term puts an end to the speculation of the last six months of whether he will or will not run for reelection. The consensus among political pundits that he would have won another election underscores what we had said...

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Happy Easter and Passover

March 28, 2013
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We wish to extend to the Christian and Jewish members of our community a happy Easter and Passover season. This is the time of year that reminds us how much these two faiths have in common (starting with the Ten Commandments) and the extent to which the Judaeo-Christian heritage forms the core beliefs of...

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Downtown School

March 22, 2013
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The announcement on last Friday by Mayor Thomas Menino of  the pending  purchase of the building at 585 Commercial Street in the North End for a new K-8 school with an opening in 2016 certainly comes as good news to the many local families who will be able to choose a school closer to...

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Saint Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2013
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This weekend all Charlestown residents will be able to get their fill of the traditional Irish fare  The following organizations and businesses  will be open for residents to visit and have some Irish cheer: Charlestown Women’s Club Celebration on Thursday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 545 Medford...

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Student Jobs Are Important

March 14, 2013
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Thousands of Boston students will be seeking jobs this summer and it appears that there will not be enough jobs to go around. Apparently the city’s budget cannot provide all the jobs needed for the number of students expected to apply for them. The city will be heavily dependent on the private sector to...

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Federal Sequester

March 7, 2013
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The deadline passed last Friday when mandated cuts to the federal programs started to take place. While many entitlements that are the budget busters were spared, the across the board budget cuts hit programs in public schools, transportation, the military and Head Start.  Mayor Thomas M. Menino is assessing the impact of the cuts...

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Myles’ Musings

March 1, 2013
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Multiple Transgressions A stuffy old English teacher, I admit to being culpable Of also being a preacher About the misuse of “multiple.”   Now, one can have many romances Or contract numerous diseases. One can take a lot of chances And have several nephews and nieces.   But “multiple” is not the word. Such...

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Downtown View The Everywhere Trend: Walkable Neighborhoods

March 1, 2013
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Recently I attended a meeting focused on how Americans could reduce their carbon footprint by re-arranging their neighborhoods. (And it’s not only I who am drawn to such nerdy topics—the room was full.) The speaker talked about sufficient density, public transportation, sidewalks, intersections, easy access between home and work—in other words, all the advantages...

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The Cold Temperatures

February 21, 2013
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We were spoiled after last week’s balmy temperatures.  We agree that the Blizzard of 2013 was not much fun especially if you had to do the snow shoveling, but the temperatures last week were enjoyable.  But Sunday and Monday came and back into the deep freeze we went. Of course for many of us,...

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We Can Bet You, Menino is Not Happy

February 17, 2013
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The stories coming out about the plowing of city streets in Charletown has residents fuming and rightfully so. However, probably no one is more upset than Mayor Thomas Menino. Menino has always prided himself in taking care of the details involving quality of life issues in Boston.  Whether it be by walking the streets...

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