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Why free speech is fundamental

We must have the reasons at our fingertips when this right is called into question. By Steven Pinker

JOAN VENNOCHI

Welfare-to-work isn’t working

When it comes to getting welfare recipients into jobs, Massachusetts is behind the rest of the country.

Crews shoveled the snow at Trinity Church in Boston.

morning opinion digest

Blizzards and climate change, Drone Dome, and more

Polar bears vs. oil, the trouble with Sarah Palin, and more. Check out five opinions trending online.

The sites of proposed Olympic venues, including a few in an area called “Midtown.”

Changing Boston’s map, Olympics style

In their pitch to the USOC, Boston 2024 boosters came up with some jarring new names for proposed venues.

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Charlie Baker’s challenge: keeping power affordable — and green

The new governor must make good on his campaign promise to pursue a “balanced approach.”

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Keep late-night MBTA on track

An extra 90 minutes of transit service two nights a week can make a big difference in the life of a city.

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Editorial cartoons by Dan Wasserman

A look at the most recent illustrated viewpoints from Globe editorial cartoonist Dan Wasserman.

Replay live commentary: State of the Union

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Editorial writers and columnists shared their thoughts and analysis during President Obama’s address.

Editorial series: ‘Service Not Included’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/27/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/1229restaurant200-1145.jpg Diners should demand high quality for workers as well as the food

Americans have started asking questions about every aspect of a restaurant’s operations — except for how employees are treated.

Arts everywhere

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/14/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/gallery-1134.jpg Growing Boston’s arts scene

The creative community weighs in on Massachusetts’ potential.

Alan Dershowitz on fighting terrorism

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How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory over terrorists?

George Mitchell on Mideast peace

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/israel-palestine-mitchell.jpg How we got here

The prospect of Israeli and Palestinian peace may seem more distant than ever. But a two-state solution is still the only path forward.