Community Comment

By Bill Walczak
Special to the Reporter

A few years ago, I decided that I would only purchase Christmas gifts that were made in Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan. It wasn’t an ideological decision, just one in which I decided that gifts... Read more

To the Editor:

Last week, the Student Opportunity Act was signed into law, securing $1.5 billion in new funding for K-12 public education in Massachusetts. This is a historic victory for the students, parents, union... Read more

By Lawrence S. DiCara

Lawrence S. DiCara, an attorney and former Boston City Councillor, spoke to the Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council on Nov. 4. Following are excerpts from his remarks.

“Even though I have lived in... Read more

While it is great to read about next spring’s beginning of the rollout of the new cars (Page One, 11/14), I’m wondering if this will be similar to... Read more

By Helen Matthews
Special to the Reporter

For most of the past year, City Life/Vida Urbana has been working with MIT researcher David Robinson to understand patterns of eviction in Boston. We looked at data pulled from over 15,000 eviction... Read more

By Cara Gillis
Special to the Reporter

Letter to the Editor:

Residents who live in the neighborhood surrounding Richardson Park would like the care and maintenance of the park now provided by state’s Department... Read more

By Lauren Sampson and Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Given the authority vested in our local elected officials, Tuesday’s election represents a critical turning point for Boston. For the first time in the city’s history, women and people of color will... Read more

To the Editor:

The teen vaping epidemic threatens decades of progress in lowering youth tobacco use. The tobacco companies continue to target us with flavored products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, and cigarettes.  To... Read more

By Roy Lincoln Karp
Reporter Columnist

Much needed change may soon be coming to City Council District 5. On Nov. 5, voters will have the opportunity to elect a new councillor to represent the district, which includes Hyde Park and parts... Read more

By Lew Finfer
Special to the Reporter

More than one thousand individuals are serving life sentences in Massachusetts prisons. A bill filed by state Rep. Jay Livingstone of the Back Bay would allow them to get a hearing before the Parole... Read more

To the Editor:

As an organizer with City Life/Vida Urbana, I have been proud to support tenants at 6 Humphreys Place in their fight against no-fault evictions. A building clear-out has been the goal of the current investor... Read more

By Roy Lincoln Karp
Reporter Columnist

Years ago, I was walking through Central Park with my father when he pointed to a rather uninspired playground consisting of metal swings, a see-saw, and monkey bars floating in a sea of concrete. “... Read more

By James R. Lister
Special to the Reporter

The history of organized labor is often framed by the battles of the past: the Pullman strike, the coal miners, the fight for the 40-hour work week. It is certainly true that many of the benefits... Read more

By Mike Shaw
Special to the Reporter

“Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” I am continually amazed at how true the old saying is. 

Entering my 12th year of living abroad, I’ve moved even farther away from my home. After 11 years... Read more

By Lew Finfer
Special to the Reporter

Last Thursday, the Legislature announced agreement on the Student Opportunity Act ‚ which will increase funding for students in cities by something like $4,000 per pupil over the next seven years. It... Read more

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