Editorials

Representative Michlewitz Opposes 4am Closure Policy

Mayor Martin Walsh’s attempt to have a 4am closure license for restaurants and bars in certain areas of Boston was supported in the Senate but defeated in the House. State Representative Aaron Michlewitz along with some colleagues stopped the bill in its track. He also noted that future discussions on this issue was needed....

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State Officials Make Correct Decision

State official’s decision to move the Fourth of July activities at the Hatch Shell to July 3 based on the potential dangers from Hurricane Arthur was a wise choice based on the weather forecast. It was a public safety issue and it was handled the correct way. While the rescheduled date saw the Pops...

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The Scared Americans?

As I was reading about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow family-owned businesses to deny contraception to women, I began to wonder—what kind of a person decides he knows better than his employees what is right and what is wrong for them? Mr. Hobby Lobby is characterized as a Christian. But he doesn’t seem...

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Residents Must Express Opinions at Community Meetings

After the fact. Monday night quarterback. These are a few of the sayings that related to North End/Waterfront residents who don’t attend neighborhood meetings and complain when it’s too late or not meaningful. The last NEWRA and NEWNC monthly meetings had standing room only crowds. Only because there was a major issue on the...

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Most People Don’t Know Who the Candidates Are

Massachusetts will elect another governor soon and if asked the question “Do you know who the gubernatorial candidates are?” Mostly, the response from people will be Ah! Of course some people will know one, possibly two candidates, maybe? In a few months, the state will be electing its number one official on Beacon Hill,...

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Downtown View: The Welcome Mat Is Yanked for Banks

What’s so bad about a bank? They seem pretty benign. Then why do ten Boston neighborhood shopping districts, including those in the North End and Charlestown, make them or any professional office a conditional or forbidden use on the first or basement floors? Why did the Boston City Council recently vote to make banks...

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Our Opinions

PWD clearly gets the trash message out to the community Information regarding the new household trash change from three to two days per week has made its way through the North End/Waterfront in many ways, shapes and forms. Boston Public Works Department (PWD) held several neighborhood meetings explaining everything from A to Z relating...

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Downtown View: Fear All Around

It is surprising that Bostonians are such a fearful lot. West Enders have so effectively communicated their fears about crossing on foot at Leverett Circle to their local politicians that we’re going to waste millions of taxpayer dollars building a pedestrian overpass that will, unless you hit every don’t walk sign, take longer to...

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Humans Have Added to the Messy North End Problem

While Responsible Urbanites For Fido (RUFF) continues to make a solid effort to remind dog owners of their responsibilities to the neighborhood to pickup after their pets, it seems that the warmer weather has helped add to the problem. Public playgrounds and parks are beginning to feel the brunt of the unhealthy situation created...

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Residents Want Quality of Life Issues Dealt with Soon

Quality of life issues in the North End is a top priority for residents who want some relief from these every day inconveniences, especially on weekends and holidays. Residents have advised City Hall, Boston Police and elected officials that the many related incidents need to be addressed more vigorously or the situation will only...

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