Tag Archives: Issue 03-23-2012

Nick Flynn: From Boston’s Pine Street Inn to Hollywood

Nick Flynn: From Boston’s Pine Street Inn to Hollywood

Nick Flynn grew up on Boston’s South Shore and spent six years working at the Pine Street Inn, Boston’s largest homeless shelter. Raised by his mother, Jody, who committed suicide when he was 22, Flynn hadn’t seen or spoken to his father in 18 years, until Jonathan Flynn called Nick out of the blue and

Settling for Less

James Shearer Spare Change News A couple of days ago I participated in a forum, The MetroWest Homelessness Forum in Wellesley (Yes there is homelessness in Wellesley.) It was inspiring. I felt a ray of hope, which is pretty unusual these days. Most of the time when I go to an event like this with

A second season for bike-sharing program

Robert Sondak Spare Change News The New Balance Hubway bike-sharing system reopened for its second season Thursday March 15 with 60 percent of the 61 bike stations live and operational. The system will be fully operationally by April 1 with a total of 610 bicycles for available use. Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, elaborated

Guest Editorial: On Immigration, Politicians Provide Empty Rhetoric Aplenty

Ali Noorani Lo and behold, the political glitterati have realized that new Americans actually vote. And that there are a whole lot of them. To which Latinos, Asians and other new Americans respond, “Duh.”

 But, this being an election year, let the pandering begin.
Republicans talk about their love of “legal immigration,” decry federal opposition to

Rick Santorum’s Anti-American Beliefs

Aaron James Spare Change News John F. Kennedy, September, 1960: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute, where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or