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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


Welfare-to-work isn’t working

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


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

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


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

// Globe Opinion staff members respond to annual address

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

Editorial series: ‘Service Not Included’

// 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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// Growing Boston’s arts scene

The creative community weighs in on Massachusetts’ potential.

Alan Dershowitz on fighting terrorism

// War of principles

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

George Mitchell on Mideast peace

// 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.