Friday, May 10, 2013
"You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror."
Friday, May 10
A letter from Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino: Dear Selectman Llodra, On behalf of the people of Boston I thank you and the people of Newtown for sending me the banner filled with signatures and words of prayer and support. All of us were very moved by this kind and thoughtful gesture. As such, we have proudly displayed the banner in the lobby of Boston City Hall for all to see and appreciate. In the aftermath of the attack at the Boston Marathon, our city has been flooded with offers of support and prayers from around the world. None of them, however, meant as much as the banner you sent from Newtown. You know the darkest depths of tragedy, but you also know that unity, resilience and strength allow us to triumph over terror. Your …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A local Iraqi war veteran sounds off on gun control.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Below is a letter to the editor written by Jamaica Plain resident and U.S. Marine Liam Madden: Like many people I know, and public figures I've seen recently, the killings in Newtown's Elementary school have made me reconsider my position on gun control. As a hunter, a veteran, and a dyed-in-the wool radical, I write this to show fellow gun owners, and more importantly, fellow American's distrustful of an armed government with an unarmed populace, that the logic I espoused for most of my life is bankrupt. Until last week my stance on the 2nd amendment was essentially, "Our government can't be trusted with the monopoly on lethal power. As such, the right to resist tyranny embedded in our constitution justified the tragic deaths that would …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
The church, along with other area churches, will ring its bells at 9:30 a.m.
Today at 9:30 a.m., several around the globe will take part in ceremonial recognition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which took place last Friday in Newtown, Conn. St. Thomas Aquinas parish will ring its bells at 9:30 a.m. to recognize the victims of the shooting. Also in memory of the victims, this Jamaica Plain resident has organized a package of hearts with messages he will mail to Newtown today. Here is a list of area churches participating in the recognition (provided by the Archdiocese of Boston): St. Mary, Brookline St. Francis de Sales Parish, Charlestown Saint John the Evangelist, Winthrop St. John's in Townsend (and will have a 7pm prayer service Friday) Sacred Hearts, Bradford Gate of Heaven & St. Brigid, South …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Michael Rickman has taken to Facebook to try to get the community to fill a box with paper hearts to send to Newtown.
A Jamaica Plain man will be sending collective thoughts to those suffering following the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. Holbrook Street resident Michael Rickman is asking friends and neighbors to write out their names, towns and a message to the community of Newtown on paper hearts and then mail the hearts to his address by Friday. The project is called “Our Hearts are With You.” Rickman plans to compile the hearts and mail them to Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of Friday’s shooting. “Please the more the larger the impact,” Rickman wrote on his Facebook page. “Have co workers, children at your schools, family members teams, etc make a heart and mail it my way. We need to reach out anyway we can to these individuals.” Those …