Editorials

T Produces Flaky Snow Plan

Purchasing snow clearing equipment and developing reduced-trip snow schedules doesn’t sound like much of a snow battle plan, yet that’s all the MBTA has come up with to date. One would think after the totally disastrous performance by the T this winter a more progress efforts would have been in order. The plan is...

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City’s First-Ever Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Should Be a given

 An ordinance has been filed to establish the first ever paid parental leave policy that will grant up to six weeks of leave for both men and women, as well as same-sex couples, who have worked for the City at least one year. This ordinance will apparently help alleviate some pressure on working parents...

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Small Leeway Should be Given

The City of Boston has spun its wheels at a fast pace to make it convenient and more specifically safer for cyclists to move through the streets. There are already rules, regulations and painted areas covering this issue. Now legislators want to add another rule that is controversial by banning vehicles from stopping in...

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Residents Need to Comment on North Street Bridge Project

Boston Public Works (BPW) has and will continue to conduct  neighborhood public meetings regarding the design and renovations of the North Washington Street Bridge, a four-year construction project that could begin in late 2016 or early 2017. Residents who have yet to attend one of these meetings need to make it their business to...

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Cyber Crimes Against Women Need Prioritizing

Lawmakers and the justice system needs to begin prioritizing investigations and prosecutions of cyber abuse crimes targeting women. While protections against violent online threats already exist, reportedly, enforcement is drastically lagging across the country. It is estimated that 2.5 million cases of cyber-stalking that occurred in the US between 2010 and 2013, federal prosecutors...

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Street Parking Savers Need to Be Banned

Like the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA), we agree that the street parking savers situation needs to be banned or at least it needs to be refined. Just because someone, shovels their vehicle out for whatever reason, it is still a public space and doesn’t belong to the person who shoveled. The same people...

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Do We Have Any Privacy?

The notion of privacy has received much attention recently. I’m still waiting for someone to draw a reasonable line about how far to go in collecting information on the world’s population. The new handringing about privacy began when Edward Snowden, the contractor working for the National Security Agency, leaked classified documents to the press...

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Opinion

March 25, 2015
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North End Streets need a major cleaning Once the snow has finally melted away, the streets of the North End will require a major cleanup project. Hopefully, the city warms up their mechanical street sweepers and hits the neighborhood from end to end. Debris has mounted everywhere the eye can see and then some....

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MBTA Employees Take Days off During Needed Times

More than half of all MBTA workers either call in sick or took at least one day off when they were most needed during the snowiest three-week span when the transit authority was basically shut down. Between January 27 and February 16 “T” employees took the easy way out, while thousands of commuters experienced...

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Michlewitz a Good Committee Chairman Selection

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz is consistently moving his way up the ladder in the House. The legislator, whose district includes the North End, has been appointed to his third chairmanship position on the Hill. House Speaker Robert DeLeo has named Michlewitz as, chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services for the next two...

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