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Remembering artists John Wilson and ‘Sidewalk Sam’

This week Boston lost two artists whose work always had a clear social focus and function.

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After legal setback, Partners should drop merger plan

Any consensus that might once have existed around the deal had long since evaporated.

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Don’t shift gears on term limits, Robert DeLeo

Allowing one person to monopolize the speakership can have a corrupting influence on government.

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For sledding, both cities and parents can use common sense

Steps as simple as limiting liability and using helmets are more reasonable than banning the activity on city property.

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Charlie Baker should use state money to buy at-risk shoreline homes

Governor Baker has a chance to make future blizzards less dangerous than Tuesday’s storm while at the same time opening more coastline for public use.

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Preventing firearm deaths: Kids and guns don’t mix

It is time to recognize that gun violence against the most vulnerable members of society is largely preventable.

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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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Congress should let cities provide their own Internet

About 80 percent of Americans either do not have access to 25 megabit-per-second Internet or can only access it through one provider.

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Deer Prudence: allow small hunt in Blue Hills

Maintaining the status quo will only exacerbate the serious overcrowding and create a greater public safety issue.

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US should foot part of the bill for Olympics

When an American city is selected, the Games should be considered a national event of sorts.

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More tests needed on Cape herbicide spraying

The concerns of residents, local politicians, and advocacy groups merit serious attention.

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Wynn’s revised casino design is a better plan

The proposed brown 24-story tower won’t please everyone, but it’s much more graceful than the previous eyesore.

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Congress shouldn’t scuttle Iran nuclear talks with new sanctions

If Iran backs out of talks now, the United States would be in a worse place than before negotiations began.

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Deflategate? NFL’s integrity was already in doubt

It was only a few months ago that public conversation about the league was focused on far more serious issues.

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Mass. must be creative in helping poor residents with civil cases

Despite the complexity of the legal system, certain situations are routine and the state should be open to options outside of fully licensed lawyers.

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Walsh, Olympic committee must drop ban on criticism

Mayor Walsh should never have signed an agreement in which he pledged that city workers would not criticize the Games.

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The French backlash against Fox News

Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo has threatened to sue Fox for part of its coverage alleging “no-go” neighborhoods. She shouldn’t.

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Prosecutors, public defenders need a pay hike

A properly functioning state justice system requires that prosecutors and defense lawyers are appropriately compensated.

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Skip GOP Iowa straw poll

The benighted tradition serves no public purpose, while diminishing the candidates who participate.

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Boston’s next school superintendent must prioritize inequity issues

The question of what can be done should be front and center as the search committee gets ready to conduct interviews.

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Federal dollars led to antibiotics breakthrough

The painstaking science might spur a much-needed wave of discovery.

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Details of heroin story hold ramifications for addiction policy

Coming up with the right prescriptive for combating opiate addiction means getting the facts straight from the start.

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Offshore wind can still rise despite Cape Wind’s fall

State officials should take the opportunity to regroup and consider a deep water wind farm.

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Guaranteeing a crucial element of transgender rights

The governor and legislature should bring a bill into law that would protect the right to public accommodation.