JOAN VENNOCHI

Democrats, don’t take your ball and go home

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Democrats boycotting the inauguration don’t get how important it is for a team to stand together, especially in defeat.

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There are nearly 700 state commissions and boards in Massachusetts. That’s too many.

Renée Graham

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President Obama spoke of hope, but hope is an ephemeral concept for African-Americans.

DANTE RAMOS

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We can’t strike the political compromises, or absorb the inconveniences, necessary to make major projects happen.

Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

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As Donald Trump tries to discredit the press, the media must fight back, armed with facts.

Opinion | Martin J. Walsh

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A $1 billion master plan calls for overdue physical improvements to Boston’s schools.

SCOT LEHIGH

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These are President Obama’s last few days in office, and so conservatives are dusting off their favorite critique.

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