Editorials

Townie Tidbits

April 7, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani TWENTY MILES AN HOUR? Seems like there is a push both at City Hall and up on Beacon Hill statewide to lower the speed limit on most streets in cities and towns down to 20 miles an hour. In Boston, District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker says too many people in...

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Boston Strong

April 7, 2016
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That is the slogan, a rallying cry, that came out of the senseless bombings of the Boston Marathon in 2013.  While the culprits and their associates are either dead or in jail, their actions still live on for the familes who lost their loved ones and the survivors that still carry the wounds that...

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Townie Tidbits

April 1, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani I LOVE PLAYING GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS AND FAKE COPS    About 10 years ago I signed up for the movies as an extra. I had a bit part in “Stiffs” starring Danny Aiello, playing a low-level hood. More recently, I was an FBI agent in “Black Mass” and a wealthy...

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The Final Report

April 1, 2016
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For more than 25 years, the Federal courts have been monitoring the quality and necessary cleanup of Boston Harbor as submitted by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  The final report as ordered by the courts was submitted March 18, 2016. Those of us who grew up in the Boston area and enjoyed the local...

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Townie Tidbits

March 25, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani  I always try and make it to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Southie. When I was a kid growing up in Roxbury, my family would board the City Point bus at Dudley Station to Andrew Square where the parade once kicked off from before the parade was turned inside out.Back...

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Obama in Cuba

March 25, 2016
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The decision by President Obama to open the diplomatic doors to Cuba and begin the process of bringing that nation into the modern world acknowledges something that has been a reality for decades: the Cold War is over. Yes, the dictatorial regime of the Castro brothers is antithetical to the democratic values we espouse....

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Happy Easter

March 25, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that another Easter already is upon us. Not only does Easter come early this year, but Monday’s snowstorm hardly seemed Easter-like. But regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for us, Good Friday and Easter Sunday will be here this week, and those of the Christian faith will begin...

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My First Visit to Ireland

March 17, 2016
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By John F. Mahoney I was in the army stationed at Bad Kreuznach Germany in 1966 when a letter from home informed me that my Godmother Agnes Daly was on a visit in Ireland. She was born and raised in West Cork. But she and two sisters had immigrated to America many years ago....

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Townie Tidbits

March 17, 2016
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By Sal Giarratani QUOTE TO NOTE “We should all, as citizens of this great nation, be frightened by the latest drug statistics. We should all question what that means to our futures and those of our children. We should all resolve not to be silent any longer. By the latest drug statistics and the...

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Letter to the Editor

March 17, 2016
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My farewell to Charlestown Recovery House. Dear Editor: In July 2008 Bay Cove Human Services celebrated the opening of the Charlestown Recovery House, located at 15 Bunker Hill Street. This was their first half way house to open and a first for the Charlestown Community.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me to return...

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