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Mark Wahlberg.

Pardon Mark Wahlberg

Even with all of his success, he is still being punished for juvenile wrongdoing. By Richard Lipsky

A demonstrator was arrested Nov. 25 in New York during a protest against a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

opinion | Richard N. Goodwin

What the ’60s can teach us about Ferguson, Staten Island today

Lyndon Baines Johnson’s speechwriter reflects on the civil rights movement and its lessons for modern race relations.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joan_Vennochi_150px-1184.jpg Mitt Romney’s 2016 chances look good

Charlie Baker’s election shows the GOP should draft a centrist.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Scot_Lehigh_150px-1197.jpg Jeb Bush candidacy spells a contentious GOP race

It will be a confrontation between the pragmatic establishment Republicans and the party’s self-styled outsiders.

Derrick Z. Jackson

Record touchdowns, but too many colleges still punt on disparities

It remains sobering that not a single school in the Top 10 of the playoff rankings scored a Touchdown when it came to graduating black players.

Recent storms have eased California’s drought somewhat, but also caused flooding throughout the state.

morning opinion digest

California extremes, Russia’s kleptocracy, and more

From Vladimir Putin’s burst bubble to the deeper meaning of Dragon Age, check out five opinions on the latest issues trending online.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Joanna_Weiss_150px-1195.png Sony, ‘The Interview,’ and the power of satire

Nearly everyone still holds dear the notion that anyone is free to poke fun at the people in power.

Mike Ross

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Mike_Ross-1191.jpg ‘The Interview’ was merely following Hollywood traditions

Our movies tease, mock, and vilify everybody, both friend and foe.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Was8890045.jpg By withdrawing ‘The Interview,’ Sony surrenders to terror

Apparently, it's easier to be afraid.

Mullah Fazalullah, head of Tehreek-e-Taliban, reportedly ordered his fighters to attack the school in Pakistan.


Deadly education in Pakistan

This week’s attack on a school in Peshawar should remind all Pakistanis of what’s at stake.

Suzanne Bump

opinion | Marcela García

Suzanne Bump’s MassHealth report full of questionable judgments

It appears the state auditor is trumping up an accounting technicality along with some questionable judgments of her own.

Advice for Charlie Baker: Economic development

Globe Opinion writers offer their input into how the governor-elect can make Mass. more prosperous.

Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren.

The Romney-Warren presidential denial quiz

Can you tell who said which quote?

Matthew Malone’s next post will be an unpaid stint at Tony’s Market in Roslindale.


Education chief heads to the butcher shop

Matthew Malone will serve as an unpaid trainee at Tony’s Market in Roslindale Square.

Two of the week’s best editorial cartoons

Two of the best editorial cartoons of the week focus on the CIA’s torture tactics and Elizabeth Warren.

Editorial series: ‘Service Not Included’

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/200-sni-truecost-1165.jpg The true cost of a cheap meal

Practices in the back of the house can exploit restaurant workers, creating a virtual prison for some.

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/14/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/part1-dershowitzart-1191--90x90.jpg War of principles

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