Editorials

The Libraries – East Boston might be caught in the middle

March 11, 2010
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With two branch libraries, East Boston is a likely contender to lose at least one of them in the round of closings that are expected as part of a streamlining of the Boston Public Library. If one of two is lost in this neighborhood, it is not the end of the world, although many...

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Chelsea St. Bridge – A connection between the past and future

March 11, 2010
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East Boston residents with an interest in extraordinary building and construction projects should ride by the Chelsea Street Bridge everyday. If you do this, you will experience the ongoing construction of a brand new and architecturally exciting steel bridge over the Chelsea River, which connects Chelsea with East Boston. There has been a drawbridge...

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Trash and Litter – As the snow lifts, a new problem is revealed

March 4, 2010
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Once again, East Boston’s streets and sidewalks all need a good sweeping as the long winter has caused trash to be strewn everywhere. The snow has melted; the trash locked in the ice and under the snow for so many months has appeared in full blossom. It is ugly. It is frustrating to look...

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Ranking Unjustified – J.D. Power’s assessment of Logan Airport is off course

February 25, 2010
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The J.D. Power Company performs customer-satisfaction studies. It’s recent report on Logan Airport, which it ranked about the lowest in its look at major airports in America, is way off base. East Boston residents have had a love – hate relationship with the airport for about 50 years. Being employed there is one thing....

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LNG Tanker – Discussion shouldn’t fade when Yemeni tanker leaves Boston Harbor

February 25, 2010
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The first LNG tanker from Yemen slipped through the utterly placid waters of Boston Harbor on its way to docking in Everett on the low tide Tuesday morning. Those of you standing along the East Boston shoreline saw a ship slip under the Tobin Bridge that looked so big you might have reached out...

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DeLeo is the Key – Will the speaker favor casino legislation or scaled-down slot machine measure?

February 17, 2010
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There is a countdown of sorts going on with the gambling initiative the House and the Senate will offer to the governor. It is believed a gambling bill offering two or three casinos will be the outcome of all the discussion and debate – and that job creation above all will dominate the strategy...

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Wally Bowe – Neighborhood loses a great friend

February 11, 2010
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This neighborhood has produced its share of special people over the decades of its modern history. Wally Bowe, who died recently, was one of those. He was 53 when he died suddenly at his home in Saugus. Father, husband, mentor, giant of a man – Bowe – was one of the pillars of this...

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Drinking Life – Bostonians imbibe less but enjoy it more

February 11, 2010
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Be aware that the most recent issue of Men’s Health Magazine listed Boston as the least drunk city in the United States. Yonkers, New York and Rochester, New York came in second and third with Salt Lake City dropping to fourth. The drunkest city in the United States, according to Men’s Health Magazine, is...

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The Super Bowl – The game was worth the wait, after all

February 11, 2010
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There was a little bit of everything for those of us who took the time to watch the Super Bowl Sunday. For many of us who take an interest in such things, without the Patriots taking the field for battle the game had virtually no meaning. For those of you who bet on Indianapolis,...

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Unwanted Spotlight? – East Boston seems to be an odd choice to start an anti-drug initiative

February 3, 2010
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Last weekend, Mayor Thomas Menino’s anti-drug forces combined for a neighborhood wide outreach effort in East Boston. To the mayor’s credit, and to the credit of the more than 400 men and women who participated in the neighborhood canvass despite single digit temperatures, the exercise did what it was supposed to – which is...

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