Editorials

City Establishes New 311 Hotline

Bostonians are the eyes and ears of their communities. That’s why, in every neighborhood, I’m always asking residents what we can do better. I count on your responses to make our city services the best they can be. But I can’t take every request myself. That’s why the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline is one of...

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Opinion

September 1, 2015
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Councilor LaMattina running unopposed District One Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, whose district includes the North End and waterfront areas, will be unopposed in the 2015 municipal race. Serving on the Boston City Council, the Councilor has made his mark in the neighborhoods he represents, as an elected official who gets things done with...

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Downtown View:More Children Downtown. Now What?

Karen is taking a break. This column from January 2012 still has relevance three years later. New mayor, but same problem, and a new school in the North End and an expanded school in the North End is not enough for downtown families. Mayor Menino has once again focused on the schools, and we...

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Can the Drug Epidemic be Stopped?

A heroin epidemic is running rapid  throughout every neighborhood in the City of Boston. It’s cheap enough and readily available at the drop of a hat. While police are faced with a monumental task of taking drugs off the streets their efforts continue because most of the time the usual suspects are released by...

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DCF Needs a Complete Overhaul

Governor Charlie Baker has publicly stated that the embattled Department of Children and Families (DCF) still needs to improve but he feels DCF is heading in the right direction. What direction? North, South, East, West or the usual merry-go-round circling approach. In fairness, his administration has inherited the problems facing DCF. That certainly does...

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From Our Readers

Praises Simboli Commentary Dear Editor We are grateful to Marie Simboli for her heartfelt and candid exposure of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of NEWNC and the workings of its closed executive sessions beyond public view. Council members’ motives have been purposely cloaked by their refusal to fill a vacant seat with an otherwise-qualified runner-up candidate...

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Striving to Create an Inclusive City for All

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh In July, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. ADA is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation. It bans discrimination and it requires that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else. On this anniversary, we reflect on how far...

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Downtown View:Is There Hope for Downtown Crossing?

Karen is taking a break. Here is a column from 2010. Isn’t it interesting how times have changed? Even though Downtown Crossing’s central location should make it a convenient destination for Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, North End and Waterfront residents, few choose to go there, even though a good number work nearby. I...

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Mayor Committed to End Human Trafficking and Dealing with Climate Change

Organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences a conference to discuss human trafficking and climate change was held at Vatican City with leaders from around the world, including Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The workshops entitled “The Modern Slavery and Climate Change” and “Prosperity, People, and Planet: Achieving Sustainable Development in Our Cities” brought...

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BRA Action Plan Addresses Concerns

Since last year, an independent review of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and an action plan to address concerns that were uncovered during the study have been announced. For many years, the North End/Waterfront neighborhood has not been happy with some of the projects that BRA have approved despite community opposition or request to...

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