Editorials

Squeaky Shoes

March 23, 2018
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“Please  sit down “, said my mother and father. “We had to be fair to the chickens….we sent them to Victor’s uncle’s farm in Maine. We know how much you loved them and how everyone enjoyed them at Easter time but East Boston is not a place to raise chickens in a kitchen.” Yes,...

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How Summer Jobs Make a Difference

March 23, 2018
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If you asked anyone working today, I bet they can remember their first summer job. It might have been flipping burgers, lifeguarding at the community pool, or helping kids as a camp counselor. Growing up, everyone in my neighborhood had a summer job — it meant independence, and extra money in your pocket. I...

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Support the Annual YMCA Breakfast

March 23, 2018
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On Thursday, April 5 over 500 East Boston YMCA supporters will gather at the Logan Hilton Hotel for the Y’s annual Reach Out for Youth breakfast fundraiser. The breakfast will raise money to ensure that no child, family or adult will ever be turned away from the Y due to an inability to pay...

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Suffolk Downs Moving Forward

March 23, 2018
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For residents of Revere, Boston, and surrounding communities, the “potential” for the full development of Suffolk Downs has been just that — potential — for more than 30 years. Ideas for the transformation of the Suffolk Downs site have ranged from a sports megaplex (that would have housed the Patriots and the Red Sox)...

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You Better Not Cross a Boston Woman… Or Else

March 16, 2018
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Growing up in Boston, I was surrounded by women of courage, strength, fists they weren’t afraid to use, and many times a lot of dirty words shouted out over coffee or cigarettes. These were the women of Boston proper, and they weren’t really to be messed with. I have aunts to this day I...

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Looking at the Suffolk Downs Project

March 16, 2018
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The Suffolk Downs Master Plan proposal by the HYM Investment Group, the new owners of the huge site, holds enormous promise for the East Boston and Revere communities to dramatically enhance the quality of life of their 100,000 residents. The HYM proposal would transform Suffolk Downs into a 161-acre, mixed-use development that would generate...

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Let’s Not Even Think about Spring

March 16, 2018
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Spring has sprung, The grass is riz. I wonder where, The flowers is?    Springtime in eastern New England — now that’s an oxymoron if ever there was one. This Tuesday, March 20, will mark the official start of the 2018 spring season. In view of the trio of nor’easters that have pummeled us...

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Offshore Resources: Digging Up the Facts

March 10, 2018
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to expand offshore oil and natural gas drilling has set off a bipartisan uproar among politicians and pundits from coastal states. Critics paint pictures of black beaches, tar balls, and wildlife slicked with oil. They point to the damage done from the wreck of the Exxon Valdez and the...

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Is This Our New Normal?

March 10, 2018
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The intense havoc wreaked by this past weekend’s storm, coming on the heels of the storm of January that similarly brought devastation to many areas throughout the state, has left all of us wondering whether this is the new normal for our sliver of the planet. We read somewhere that both of these storms...

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Proposed HHS Rule Would Save Seniors Money

March 1, 2018
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just proposed a rule that could dramatically lower seniors’ out-of-pocket drug spending. Lobbyists for the nation’s largest “pharmacy benefits managers” are sure to fight the proposal tooth and nail. These PBMs, which effectively set drug prices for the entire country, want to continue overcharging the 42...

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