Editorials

Forgetting to pay their taxes

September 10, 2010
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There have been a spate of articles recently about politicians who have failed to pay taxes on their political accounts. It is incomprehensible to us that politicians seeking the approval of angry voters would tend to be among the most careful among us when it comes to paying their taxes. Wrong. In fact, the...

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The BRA and the neighborhood

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has come up with new guidelines that limit any Harbor Garage development to 200 feet. Whether or not developer Donald Chiofaro gets the go ahead or not, whomever develops the garage will be bound by the same rules. In addition, the BRA and a local committee made up of residents...

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Fisherman’s Feast at 100; Now on to St. Anthony’s

The 100th Anniversary of the annual Fisherman’s Feast in the North End is something to note and to celebrate. The Society of Madonna Del Soccorso Di Sciacca sponsors the feast, which has its roots in Sicily. Legend has it that 16th Century fishermen asked the Madonna del Soccorso, Our Lady of Help, to protect...

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DiMasi’s pension reinstated

The old adage that an indictment is not a conviction has never been truer following the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge overturning the state pension authority’s ruling that suspended former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi’s pension. In other words, DiMasi’s pension has been reinstated – and if you read the judge’s...

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The tax free weekend

We urge all our readers and those who have major retail items to purchase to take advantage of the sales tax free weekend coming up. In this instance, the state legislature has done retailers a great service by taking away the tax in order to stimulate sales. By doing so, retailers will grab sales...

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The perfect summer

Forgive us our obsession with the New England weather and its nuances. However, we are endlessly fascinated by the weather. Watching the weather and measuring its heartbeat is almost as interesting as being inside the chambers of the State House watching an expanded gambling bill die a horrible death on Beacon Hill. The summer...

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Mayor shows strength with his view prevailing

A developer hoping to place a casino in South Boston along the waterfront was told last week, point blank, by Mayor Menino that such a project and development would never have a chance of being built there as long as he was the mayor – no matter what. This type of unequivocal treatment of...

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Fires lessen the sting after recent string of fires

The 17.5% raise recently granted to the city’s firefighters after tremulous debate becomes less a bone of contention following two serious fires on Beacon Hill and another serious fire in Charlestown. A man jumped from the third floor of a burning Beacon Hill building on Phillips Street and the burning of DeLuca’s Market was...

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Fighting the beetles

A groundskeeper at the Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain recently spotted the voracious and vicious Asian long horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) feasting on a mature shade tree last week. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in fact confirmed the discovery of the longhorned beetle in six red maple...

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Saturday’s rain

When the first rain in weeks finally fell Saturday afternoon, it came in a magnificent torrent. That rain caused the dried up grass, bushes and flowers to rejoice. The streets were swept clean of soot and dust. Everything was soaked and cooled off at the same time. In many neighborhoods there were floods and...

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