Editorials

The Parade

Everyone loves a parade appears to be a phrase more about the past than the present. The Columbus Day Parade held Sunday in the North End was sparsely attended, so sparsely attended that some observers said there were more cars towed than people watching the parade. Obviously, this is a simplification but we get...

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Columbus Day 2011

At the time he lived and sailed during the 15th Century there was no man dead or alive who was more gifted at navigating the seas than Christopher Columbus. When speaking or writing about him, the same things have been chronicled about him throughout the centuries. He was brave. He was bold. He was...

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Hub Protests

Sitting in your North End condo or apartment and watching the news or hearing about the protests going on in the financial district makes you wonder – what is it all about? Why are all these young people protesting? What are they protesting? They are protesting economic hardship of ordinary Americans. They are also...

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Terry Francona, the Red Sox and the Way of the World

All weekend, wherever you went in the North End on Hanover Street for a coffee and some conversation, the firing of Red Sox manager Terry Francona was at the top of the A-list of breaking news. Bostonians tend to treat sports as though sports was about important world events. Francona’s end was like the...

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Hanover Street in the Fall

September 27, 2011
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A walk down Hanover Street when the leaves are falling and it is still warm enough to be in short sleeves at the end of September makes life worth living. A stroll through Paul Revere Park with a mixture of people – old locals and gawking tourists – seated playing a card game or...

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The Patriots

September 27, 2011
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That was a fabulous game, the Patriots loss to Buffalo with three seconds to go. The Pats were 7 point favorites. So if you bet based on the victory they achieved the week before, that’ll teach you…to bet. There is always next week.

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Sal DiMasi

September 27, 2011
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For the North End’s Sal DiMasi, the former Speaker of the House, things are going from bad to worse. Last week, Judge Mark Wolf ruled that he must give himself up and report to prison on November 16. DiMasi will not be allowed to stay out on bail – a free man- while his...

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World Car Free Day

September 20, 2011
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September 22nd is World Car Free Day. The event promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance. A car free Boston would be a far different place than it is today. A car free North End...

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The Expanded Gaming Bill

September 20, 2011
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Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill allowing expanded gaming in Massachusetts – that is – 3 casinos and a racino with slots. This is about the best bit of business performed for us by the House in quite some time. There is likely to be a casino at Suffolk Downs in...

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After the Memorial

September 13, 2011
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Many of us are left with the palpable feeling that we are a good and decent nation, with a good and decent people, following the dignified nationwide slate of memorials that were held to commemorate the lives of the dead and the sacrifice they made on September 11, 2001. It was also a day...

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