Editorials

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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Sal DiMasi

September 13, 2011
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The trials and tribulations of Sal DiMasi’s life are not so different from our own. We mean that all of us make decisions in our lives about how we will go forward in our lives. Sal made his and must live with them as we make ours and must live with them, too. In...

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Hanover Street Reprise?

September 13, 2011
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Last Thursday marked the first time in its modern history that the entirety of Newbury Street was shut down to automobile traffic in order to host a fashion-fine automobile extravaganza. Herb Chambers, the automobile tycoon and fashion maven, showed what he is all about, bringing to the street about 40 of his finest automobiles,...

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The End of Summer

The summer of 2011 is easing itself into the history books. It will go down as a summer marked by deepening discontent over the national predicament – which is, simply put – it appears we’ve come nearly the end of the line of leading lives continually spending and borrowing more than we have or...

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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene has come and gone, just like that, like the snap of a finger. In truth, for all our preparations, Hurricane Irene was a no-show. She never came to dinner nor stay around a while to wreak her havoc. She came and went like a ghost, diminished by half of what she was...

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The Crowds, The Noise, The Congestion, The Laughter and Good Eating are Worth it

With the St. Anthony’s Feast nearly upon us (August 26-28), it is as good a time to take stock of the summer fading away and what it has brought us. It has been a good summer with solid business for nearly all the North End’s many businesses. Especially when one considers the difficulties of...

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Another Assault

The sexual assault over the weekend of a young woman walking home early in the morning of a new day is a reminder to us all that we live in the city and that in the city there are real nut cakes who are unable to control themselves. We are grateful that no one...

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The Summer of Our Discontent

Where did the summer go ? What has happened to the economic recovery ? How did the easy and seemingly pleasant and uneventful spring devolve into the plunging stock market and volatile mix of  bad economic news from around the globe ? At the beginning of summer everything about our lives in Boston appeared...

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