Editorials

North End Safety at an All Time High Considering Crowds

The Boston Police statistical report on crime in the North End as reported in last week’s Regional Review tells quite a remarkable story. If you live here or work here, the statistics ring true. The North End remains one of Boston’s safest and relatively crime free neighborhoods, all things considered. The crime report does...

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The Dead of Summer

It is the dead of summer, that moment in our lives and in the life of the summer when there is as much summer in front of us as behind us. For those of us who love the heat, who love the summer, who wait for it all winter and who yearn for it...

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The Fourth of July 2011

July 4 marked the 235th year of American Independence. It is a worthy occasion noting the anniversary of one of the great days in world history. If you are the type who appreciates history, the 235th anniversary of anything is a major occasion. If you are a European, there are celebrations that go back...

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The Mayor and Nike

The Nike store on Newbury Street has removed window advertising enobling the use of drugs. Mayor Menino was absolutely within his rights to ask the company to remove the advertising which seemed to strongly endorse drug use. This wasn’t an effort by the mayor to stifle First Amendment rights. It was an effort to...

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Whitey’s Back

The capture of Whitey Bulger, the alleged commander and chief of the Irish mob in Boston, is being treated like a visit by the Pope. The hoopla surrounding Bulger’s arrest and return to Boston had the close-up effect of an M-80 going off. It made the recent Stanley Cup celebration, by comparison, look like...

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The City’s Response to the Bruins Victory was on the Mark

Some sports purists and civil libertarians said they felt let down by Boston’s official response to the Bruin’s Stanley Cup victory last week. They were miffed because crowds weren’t allowed to get out of hand on the night of the victory or to roam freely throughout the city burning cars and breaking windows and...

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The Rev. John Unni Sets a Wonderful Precedent

Father John Unni delivered a homily of historic proportion for a Catholic church in Boston at Sunday’s Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in the Back Bay, The homily supported St. Cecilia’s gay and lesbian churchgoers as members of the much larger and more diverse congregation. Reverend Unni did not disappoint the men and women...

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Congressman Anthony Weiner

New York Congressman Weiner has apparently checked himself into a rehab of some kind to give him counseling on how to better control himself from doing the kinds of things he has been doing. He has basically ruined his life and has shown himself to be damaged material. What he did is not normal....

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A Great Weekend and Now, Much to Look Forward To

It was an America at peace with itself this long Memorial Day weekend. The kick-off to the Summer of 2011 went smoothly in New England and here in the Greater Boston area where the weather finally, fully, wonderfully cooperated, sending tens of thousands to our beaches and into the streets of our neighborhoods for...

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The Weather

Cab drivers share cab stories. Cops trade cop stories. New Englanders talk about the weather. For the past ten days we have experienced nothing but rain, cold, dreariness and more dreariness. This spate of bad weather at a time when things are supposed to be looking up tends to bring down even the heartiest...

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