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Greenpeace took the wrong tactic in Peru stunt

The group must cooperate fully with the investigation into the vandalism at an ancient landmark.

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New US approach on Cuba is a welcome turning point

The US policy conversation can finally focus on half a century of atrocities committed by the island’s totalitarian government.

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Jonathan Gruber is a good economist but bad with PR

Gruber’s gaffes don’t detract from his policy expertise.

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Fall River vote highlights problems in recall elections

Officials need to take a second look at their laws to ensure that the wishes of voters are actually honored.

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Encouraging news on health care spending

A deep dive into the data through 2013 offers some reasons for optimism.

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Allston Esplanade could emerge from Pike project

The $260 million road project has potential to enlarge and reshape the parklands along the Charles River.

From best and brightest, the hits just keep on coming

“Whether the subject is business (chinese food) or health care (the so-called stupidity of the American voter), you can always depend on the best and brightest of Harvard and MIT showing you the way.” — Ed Craffey

What many seem to have missed: Customer took a principled stand

“Is it OK for your local pharmacy to overcharge you, or your neighborhood grocery? Why not a nationwide retailer? Please explain to me the level of income below which a business is allowed to advertise misleading prices.” — Dave Riese

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Reforms pay off as city saves $45m on new health plans

The municipal health reform law has more than proved its worth.

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Poet laureate bill should be passed — with funding

A proposed bill to establish a state poet laureate should not be passed without some provision for funding.

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The true cost of a cheap meal

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

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Newtown anniversary should renew push on mental health

Improving mental health services and school records are reforms that states can embrace.

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Salvaging New York’s SantaCon

Residents are rightly concerned about public drunkenness. But the Constitution does protect people’s right to dress up as Saint Nicholas.

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Senate, pass the spending bill

The $1 trillion bill is far better than the alternative — a government shutdown.

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HUBweek offers a chance to showcase Boston to the world

The region’s economic and cultural vibrancy aren’t evident enough from a distance.

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As US combat role ends, Afghanistan still needs help

The world should not turn its back on Afghanistan just as it leaders are finally getting their act together.

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CIA’s torture tactics must never be repeated

President Obama should look at ways to reform the CIA to give more weight to the objections of whistle-blowers.

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Charlie Baker should uphold proposed rules on hydropower

If Massachusetts is to meet its legally mandated climate-change goals, more hydropower will be a necessity.

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Diversity in government: Increase Latino political clout

Power comes from engagement, and that raises questions about how to get there.

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Congress must step up to challenge of ISIS

While ISIS is a direct descendant of Al Qaeda, it is not the same organization.

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Keep patient data in the cloud

If a hospital could set up a system in which all documents are well encrypted and online, there is nothing for a criminal to gain by stealing a laptop or a tablet.

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With Mass. facing budget gap, it’s not the time to raise salaries

The state faces a $329 million budget shortfall and many families still face uncertain economic times.

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Charlie Baker’s chance for tomorrow’s transportation

The governor-elect needs to put together a bold action plan for the next four years.

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FAA flying blind on drone regulation

Regulators seem poised to go too far and severely limit commercial drone use.

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Building social harmony, one woodwind at a time

The effect of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s new initiative, inspired by “El Sistema,” could be transformative.