Editorials

Thanksgiving 2009 – Confronting our adversity, remaining optimistic

November 25, 2009
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This time last year, the national economy was preparing for collapse. The economy’s beginning of the end, or as Churchill once said, the end of the beginning, came into full force in and around Thanksgiving 2008. Yet we all sat down with our families and friends last year for a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. One...

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Getting Interesting – Senatorial race heats up

November 19, 2009
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There is not much time remaining for Congressman Mike Capuano, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Celtics owner Stephen Pagliuca and City Year Founder Allan Khazei to make their case to the voters of Massachusetts. The special election senate primary to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Edward Kennedy’s death is three weeks away –...

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A Special Event – Thanksgiving at Sacred Heart

November 12, 2009
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For the past few years, Thanksgiving at the Sacred Heart Church has been one of this neighborhood’s most compelling events. With the bad economy affecting so many this year as the holiday season approaches, Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sacred Heart takes on more meaning. The chair of this year’s event is Crystal Basile, the...

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The City Election – Menino’s victory

November 12, 2009
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In East Boston, voters came out in huge numbers for Mayor Thomas Menino. So his victory last week came as no surprise to voters here, and to his many, many loyal friends and supporters in this neighborhood. Mayor Menino is a constant visitor and a good friend to East Boston. In 16 years, this...

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LaMattina coasts to re-election

November 12, 2009
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Councilor Sal LaMattina also scored a tremendous vote – the ultimate endorsement by the judges who count on the local scene. LaMattina has been a positive, active, intelligent voice making himself heard and felt among the people of this neighborhood during the past two years. Congrats to Sal – and keep up the good...

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Negative Vibes – Anti-casino forces are mobilizing for inaction

November 5, 2009
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The voices against casino gambling are gathering their forces. Like most of those who stand against progress in this litigious world, they are gathering studies, studies on top of studies, the one thousand reasons a casino cannot possibly thrive or even exist without ruining the East Boston community. They are trying to harness the...

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Mayor Menino – The right decisions are often the tough ones

October 31, 2009
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The first unwritten rule of politics is that a politician does everything he or she can do to get re-elected. Often, and too sadly, doing what is right as opposed to what is popular are often at the different ends of the spectrum. Many times our political leaders will opt for doing what is...

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Schools and Politics – How much can a mayor impact public education?

October 22, 2009
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Public school education in the city of Boston has not been better in years, yet it remains tenuous due to factors that cannot be controlled. Exhortations by the Flaherty-Yoon mayoral candidates that Mayor Thomas Menino has somehow dropped the ball on public school education and that they can change public school education to everything...

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Congressman’s travels – Capuano is on his own — and that’s just fine

October 14, 2009
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The Boston Globe this week made a big fuss over our Congressman Mike Capuano’s $24,000 spent on congressional travel to foreign nations during the past few years. The inference, if one was to be drawn, is that Capuano, now seeking Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, has been profligate in spending government money during foreign travels....

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A Fitting Gateway – New bridge will be a sight to behold

October 14, 2009
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As odd as this may sound to those of us so used to the Chelsea Street Bridge as an ugly monstrosity – it is the gateway to East Boston and vice versa – the gateway to Chelsea. The new bridge going up is going to be a masterpiece of modern engineering and construction. There...

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