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Trump needs to act as though he were president of all Americans

“Trump has made no effort to engage or make peace with those who voted against him.” — Jeremiah Minihan

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Finally, we’ll have a president strong enough to make an impact

“I am encouraged and hopeful that, at last, we may have a president powerful and effective enough to . . . achieve on many” important issues. — Wanda Paik

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GOP should heed Baker’s warning on health care reform

“Start with preserving coverage for all.” — Sami Keats

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State can’t afford to scrimp on funding to aid problem gamblers

“The 2017 budget cut is an outrage given our new casinos and the state’s promotion of the lottery.” — Margaret J. Malt

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A Boston memorial to MLK is long overdue

“We have yet to recognize adequately King’s transformative legacy on our city and nation, as well as our own city’s role in shaping the man himself.” — Seth Riseman

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Memories of King’s ’65 march in Boston come rushing back

“As we marched toward Boston Common, we passed a barroom, and a group of white men came out.” — Jon Maddox

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A president’s conflicts of interest cannot be untangled by statute

“The only remedy for a presidential conflict of interest is vigilance.” — Brian R. Merrick

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For women, injustices are still rampant in court of public opinion

“The venom that Carmen Ortiz encountered is similar to what any powerful woman still endures.” — Donna L. Halper

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Constitutional debate has been settled: Hate crime laws serve vital purpose

“Legislators have the right to recognize the odious nature of hate crimes by treating them differently in the laws that govern all of us.” — Robert O. Trestan

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Hate crimes, like terrorism, target a wider field

“When group membership is the target of a crime, all other group members become victims.” — Keith Backman

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A measure of crimes’ egregiousness acts as a remedy to our shameful past

“Elevating penalties to reflect the level of egregiousness of a crime motivated by hate is no different than elevating penalties based on the degree of criminal intent.” — James L. Sherley

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This constituent appreciates the good fight Senator Warren is waging

“We are grateful she is doing her job with courage and integrity.” — Michael Shea

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Don’t pin divided country on Obama

“When Obama’s approval ratings are well into the 50s, and those of Congress are in the low teens, I’d say Jacoby has misplaced the blame.” — Dave Griffiths

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Obama struggled to tackle big problems — that’s not same thing as failure

“I don’t consider trying to fix the health care system or trying to stop endless wars . . . leading from behind.” — Berge Tatian

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Eloquence aside, Obama paved a path straight to Trump

“Obama speaks beautifully, but he paved the way . . . for a successor a plurality of voters disdained.” — Paul Bloustein

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Bumblebee’s fate affects us all, in ways large and small

“When plant pollinators don’t show up in time, the crops that rely on them are in trouble, and so are we.” — Liza Ketchum

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In Pa. town, Trump’s America grew not from job woes but from an ache in the psyche

“The real story in Ford City is a vague sense of feeling left behind.” — Zack Rearick

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Americans’ coastal arrogance cost Democrats their leadership

“Pretending we do not [live in Trump’s America] is likely why Democrats gave away American leadership.” — Perry Glasser

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Who painted the American working class white?

“We might consider a black or Latina female home health aide to be the true face of the American working class.” — Laura Gates

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It will take common purpose to work toward sustainability

“Until market forces and our common will turn us in a more sustainable direction, the status quo will prevail.” — Jerry Burke

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Family has been stirred to activism (that’s one thing to thank Trump for)

“The country now has another five fully engaged members of the electorate.” — Erik Svenson

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Let’s give Trump a chance to live up to his promise of greatness

“Trump may surprise us, as other presidents before him have.” — Robert F. Lovezzola

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Trump aide Conway tries an absurd defense: Look into his heart

“Are we really meant to ignore Trump’s words?” — Richard M. Hunt

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Who is the man behind the curtain?

“Reality television shows are the opposite of reality.” — Cathy Putnam

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From Obama’s goodbye to Trump’s hello — what a contrast

“As Obama passes out of office next week, I’m afraid we will have seen the last dignified president of the United States.” — Jeffrey Green