Editorials

Here Comes Summer

July 16, 2012
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The Supreme Court has ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes muster with the Constitution. Mitch McConnell and company have had their chance to sputter, spit and go spastic over Justice John Roberts’s betrayal. So summer can now begin. Summer, at least in the way New England celebrates it, is the...

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Youth Link and Charlestown

June 29, 2012
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An event organized by Youth Link and held here last weekend that drew hundreds to the Corey Street basketball court in the Bunker Hill Public Housing Development could be the beginning of a much more meaningful relationship if Youth Link’s Matthew Swartz has anything to do with it. Youth Link aids at risk youth...

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The Importance of Ice-hockey Here Highlighted by NHL Draft Picks

June 29, 2012
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News last weekend that the Boston Bruins and two additional National Hockey League teams have chosen Charlestown skaters to play for them in their annual draft is an extraordinary event in every way. First of all, being chosen to play professional hockey if you are a skater is a life consuming task and one...

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After the Parade…

June 22, 2012
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Last week’s festivities went off like clockwork and attracted a huge crowd. Everything went off without incident and the neighborhood once again shined for this year’s celebration of Bunker Hill Day. Parades have become a thing of the past nearly everywhere at this point in time. The times have changed. We have changed with...

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The Heat

June 22, 2012
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The summer appears to finally be upon us with a bit of scorching heat set to run its course for a few days. The weather forecasters have whipped nearly everyone into a near frenzy about the heat, depicting it as a blizzard, a hurricane or a tornado but not mentioning those names. The heat...

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Bunker Hill Day a National Holiday?

June 15, 2012
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History tells us about the battle of Bunker Hill as it unfolded in June 1775. Residents clambered to the top of Winter Hill to watch it. On Beacon Hill, residents there made it up to the top of the hill to witness the battle. Even in Chelsea, residents went to their rooftops to watch...

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Bunker Hill Day 2012

June 7, 2012
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If we contemporize Bunker Hill Day, this is to say, if we bring that day of valor and sacrifice up to the present moment and try to describe it properly, well, several possibilities abound. First, when we look back on a day when a brave few stood up to a great many better armed...

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Memorial Day, Again

May 31, 2012
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Memorial Day has again come and gone and with it, the growing sense, we believe, that the holiday is experiencing a significant rebirth as Americans come to understand more clearly and in deeply personal ways, the sacrifices being made by our sons and daughters in uniform around the world and especially in Iraq and...

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Memorial Day 2012

May 25, 2012
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The long weekend for those of us living safely throughout the nation is much more than that for all of us. Whether we recognize and feel the intensity of the Memorial Day holiday or not, whether we  understand what sacrifice and battlefield death are all about, the one day of the year which is...

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Losing 1 Million Pounds

May 17, 2012
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Mayor Thomas Menino has committed his administration to leading the fight against obesity by pledging to do his best to have Bostonians collectively lose 1 million pounds this year. At first blush, the entire notion of such an effort seems more like a bit advertised for a television reality show than anything else but...

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