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As Olympic Games are weighed, let’s be clear on ballot question process

“Very few understand how the process for a statewide vote on the Olympics would work.” — Evan Falchuk

letters | when volunteers come to call

When you tally the hours, donated service amounts to a valuable resource

“The 65,000 hours of donated service each year equate to 30 full-time employees.” — David B. Waters

letters | when volunteers come to call

Support is available to help forge successful partnerships

“Charities can understandably feel overwhelmed by idealistic companies that want to make a difference in an afternoon.” — Lori Tsuruda

letters | when volunteers come to call

Creating win-win experience is key for nonprofits, volunteers

“WE NEED the conversation that Sacha Pfeiffer has sparked with her article.” — Lynn Margherio

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The West has fired enough weapons

Ayaan “Hirsi Ali writes as though the West can help enlighten the Muslim world, but we have no enlightenment to offer people to whom our chief export is hypocrisy and violence.” — Seth Minkoff

letters | Countering Putin

Putin’s overreach should be met with mix of diplomacy, readiness

The Russian president “needs to know that the United States and its allies prefer to work with Russia to eliminate aggression in Eastern Europe.” — Tony Green

letters | parking woes for MBTA riders

Demand-based parking rates could be answer to scarce spaces, resources

“This approach would allow the T to serve current riders better and draw in even more riders without having to build costly new parking structures.” — Charlie Denison

letters | Countering Putin

Putin will keep pushing borders until we push back

“The time for us to ‘talk softly’ has passed; it is time for us to unsheathe the stick.” — Frank G. Crotty

letters | parking woes for MBTA riders

Hiking parking fees would price out people who rely on transit

“A full T parking lot represents many transit riders turned away. But raising the parking fee is no solution.” — Andrew Mermell

letters | parking woes for MBTA riders

Alewife garage experience sends commuters away

“Between a balky Red Line and a horrible ride out of the garage, is it any wonder that people throw in the towel and drive into Boston?” — Randy Grossman

letters | STUDENTS GET AN EARFUL

In a different case, House taught students a valuable lesson

“I would like to cite a group of Merrimack High School students.” — N.H. state Representative Wayne M. Burton

letters | STUDENTS GET AN EARFUL

N.H. official shows appalling lapse of decorum

“I was appalled when I read about . . . state Representative Warren Groen’s treatment of some fourth-graders’ proposed bill.” — Jacqueline L. Melick

letters | BAY STATE SCIENCE SECTORS RECONSIDERED

With long odds for life sciences firms, maybe game needs to change

“The . . . uncertain development process required for the next generation of life-saving drugs and technologies does not contribute to the quarterly profit statement.” — Victoria P. Gaw

letters | BAY STATE SCIENCE SECTORS RECONSIDERED

Think tank stands by its numbers in seeing only modest job growth in life sciences

“Pioneer’s job estimates were calculated using the precise methodology that life sciences industry proponents had used in lobbying for passage of the legislation.” — Jim Stergios

letters | BAY STATE SCIENCE SECTORS RECONSIDERED

Merging agencies would be misguided

“Since MassCEC was created in 2009, the Commonwealth has grown a $10 billion industry with 47 percent job growth and nearly 100,000 workers.” — Peter Rothstein

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Marketplace for algorithms brings its own set of bugs

Algorithmia “reopens a problem that was solved decades ago and introduces new problems of its own.” — Andrew Oram

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UMass has proceeded prudently in investing in its future

“UMass has taken a careful approach to the expenditure of every capital dollar.” — Robert Caret, Philip W. Johnston, and Victor Woolridge

letters | push is on to see Warren enter presidential race

We need an alternative to Hillary Clinton

“One should not underestimate how seriously conflicted many traditionally Democratic voters would be toward Clinton.” — SingleVoice

letters | push is on to see Warren enter presidential race

Elizabeth Warren has potential, but not for 2016

The senator “does not appear to have the political skills to achieve an agenda as president.” — Michael Wilson

letters | election day — or days?

Instead of Election Day, make a weekend of it

“While eliminating early voting may marginally boost turnout, it wouldn’t address the pressing problem of low voter turnout in general.” — Rick Blum

letters | push is on to see Warren enter presidential race

White House run would only dilute clout Elizabeth Warren already wields

“Why should Warren change a strategy that’s working so well?” — John Lippitt

letters | election day — or days?

Until obstacles are removed, we need early voting

Jeff Jacoby “omits the fact that early voting exists for a reason — namely, it’s too hard for too many people to get to the polls.” — Sam Bayer

letters | election day — or days?

When it’s not a holiday, voting in US creates a class divide

Jeff Jacoby “talks about the excitement of voting in Israel, but he neglects to mention that voting day in Israel, as in many democracies around the world, is a holiday.” — Michael Milburn

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Add this flagship stop to Obama daughter’s college tour

Julie Joyce Lucey pushes for Malia Obama to visit UMass Amherst.

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Critique of economists’ Olympic study is overstated

“The critiques of our study in Andrew Zimbalist’s March 23 op-ed . . . are much less substantial than implied by the inflammatory headline.” — Dan Hodge and Mark Melnik