Editorials

The Election

November 14, 2011
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The Patriot-Bridge does not endorse candidates for public office. However, that does not stop us from feeling pleased about election results. We are pleased that Council President Steven Murphy kept his seat and that former city councilor and candidate for mayor Michael Flaherty is not going to return. This isn’t about disliking Flaherty who...

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Does Weekend Storm Speak Volumes About Winter to Come?

November 3, 2011
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Most of us heard the lament loudly and clearly over the weekend about the snow coming so early, preceding even this week’s Halloween celebration. In more ways than we care to conjure up, snow this early and so plentiful in nearly all of Massachusetts except for Boston and the coastal area, is a bad...

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Rutherford Avenue Today; Rutherford Avenue Tomorrow

October 27, 2011
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The remaking of Rutherford Avenue is absolutely essential to the well-being of Charlestown. In its present incarnation, Rutherford Avenue is a disconnected mess of businesses and a learning institution on one side of it and a disconnected grouping of residences, a cemetery, a few commercial interests and some open space on the Charlestown side....

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Rutherford Avenue

October 20, 2011
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We tend to agree with the Charlestown Neighborhood Council’s belief that the redesign of Rutherford Avenue proposed by the city will make that entire area more pedestrian friendly and might ultimately re-shape the future of the industrial area on the southern side of the avenue. Opponents have claimed, and with only the best intentions,...

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Stopping the Protesters at the Gates to Town

October 13, 2011
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Last weekend, the Dewey Square protesters occupying Boston’s business district packed up their possessions and moved en masse toward the entrance to the Charlestown Bridge but were stopped at the gates to Charlestown on the North End side of the bridge by Boston Police. This time, it was a close call. But what happens...

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The Demise of Friendly’s

October 6, 2011
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The Charlestown Friendly’s will be one of 63 being shut down by the company which has filed for bankruptcy. This comes as very troubling news to many in this neighborhood, and to us, as Friendly’s has been a part of the local scene for decades. It would be almost impossible to find a kid...

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Walmart in Boston

October 6, 2011
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Mayor Menino does not want Walmart operating in Boston. He believes the retailing giant is just that, a giant whose ability to wipe out smaller store owners far outdoes any good that it does as a provider of jobs and cheaper prices for working people. He has a point. The point is well taken....

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The Red Sox

September 29, 2011
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Added to the outrage of last week’s Patriot’s loss to the Bills with three seconds to go is the dismal coming to the end of the season of the Red Sox. What have we done, we wonder, to deserve such a fate? Perhaps the Red Sox players need a salary raise to give them...

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When the Weather Sends Your Mind Wandering

September 29, 2011
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In late September when the leaves are falling, the sky is blue and you’re still in your summer wear wandering about Charlestown is a dream come true. If you’re up by the Monument or near to the Mystic River or looking out on the water from your apartment or condo in the Navy Yard,...

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Car -free Week

September 22, 2011
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September 22nd, has become Car-Free Day in great metropolitan centers of population and business throughout the world. The intention of the car-free holiday is to inspire the use of mass transit, and forms of transportation other than those relying exclusively on the internal combustion engine. Boston and Massachusetts has taken Car-Free-Day a step further....

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