Editorials

When Is a Lodging House Not a Lodging House?

February 26, 2015
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 I am not too sure what is a house sharing host and how does this person differ from an innkeeper or a lodge owner? I am glad that Joe Bianco’s experience sharing rooms in his Green Street house with out of town visitors to Boston. he alludes to former guests who stayed with him...

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Letters to the Editor

February 26, 2015
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Joe is great Dear Editor: I just wanted to send you a note relating to your story about Joe Bianco and his AirBNB place on Green Street. Joe’s great. My wife and I had been renting in Charlestown on Warren Street in 2013 when our son was born. Of course, my sister (from the...

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The Winter of Our Discontent

February 23, 2015
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Although the temperatures have been below zero with wind chills even colder, tempers have been rising among just about all of us as the snow and our frustrations continue to pile up. Yes, life is difficult in the city, where parking spaces are non-existent, tickets are being issued, cars are being towed, traffic is...

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Don’t be Fooled

February 23, 2015
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Like an annoying alarm clock that predictably shouts its tone, late last week and this week several establishment lawmakers and transportation pundits began blaming the MBTA’s implosion on a lack of taxes and on the majority of voters who repealed the automatic gas tax increases last November. Don’t be fooled, please. In the daily...

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Letters to the Editor

February 23, 2015
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Helping Charlestown Recovery House To the Editor: On January 23rd, 2015, a few close friends got together for the Fourth Annual Swim-a-thon for the Charlestown Recovery House. Held at the YMCA in Charlestown, as in the past, awareness and funds were raised in hope that the residents of the Recovery House may continue their...

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More Substance Counselors Are Needed in Our Region

February 12, 2015
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Opioid and prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Massachusetts and has been for awhile. In the month of January, there were several overdoses in this area. Fortunately first responders arrived to assist many of these individuals by administering Narcan. We urge Governor Charlie Baker not to debate the word “cuts”  and let...

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More Snow

February 12, 2015
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We’ve seen record-setting snowfall in the past two weeks in Boston, creating difficult challenges for Department of Public Works crews who have been working around the clock to remove the snow from the streets and roadways.  These storms have been unusual in the total snowfall accumulation and there has been really no melting of...

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Congratulations New England Patriots

February 12, 2015
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In what is being called the best Super Bowl in history – at least from a New England Patriots fan’s viewpoint – the hometown team captured its fourth Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy with a thrilling 28-24 victory over Seattle. We’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to watch the greatest quarterback (Tom Brady),...

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Guest Opinion

February 12, 2015
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Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can...

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Short-Term Rental Bill Should be Passed

February 9, 2015
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Representative Aaron Michlewitz, who represents the North End and parts of Beacon Hill, has co-sponsored legislation that would put in place state regulations for short-term residential rentals that would empower cities and towns to inspect these units for safety code violations and mandate that short-term renters pay an excise tax, similar to the state’s...

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