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Climate, not parking, should be the Seaport’s real worry

“The entire issue of shoreline development is being looked at backwards.” — Carole-Jean Smith

letters | no-bid contracts jolt race for secretary of state

Bill Galvin’s low-key campaigning does the public a disservice

“His secretive, non-campaigning strategy this year is no help to a public he’s elected to serve.” — Roger Wootton

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Poor procurement procedures will drive up costs for the MBTA

“Haven’t we learned anything from past purchasing fiascoes?” — Gary Ash

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Wait, professional leadership is bad?

“Jordan Smith’s principal complaint . . . seems to be that professionals, not politicians, run the Pentagon.” — Jerry Hartke

letters | no-bid contracts jolt race for secretary of state

State’s self-proclaimed watchdog needs watching himself

“This is the kind of thing that happens, particularly in Massachusetts, when an elected official becomes too permanent a fixture in state government.” — Jeffrey Green

letters | THE RACE TO NOV. 4

One simple question could be voters’ deciding factor

“We will simply ask ourselves: Are our state and country going in the right direction, and are we happy with our lot in life?” — Jim Kane Jr.

letters | NAVIGATING A MAZE OF WORLD CONFLICTS

Turkey a poor excuse for an ally in fight vs. ISIS

“To say it’s complicated is to put it mildly.” — Michel L. Spitzer

letters | THE RACE TO NOV. 4

In ripping Martha Coakley over ad, ex-AG straddles rocky political turf

“This is what is known as having your cake and eating it too.” — John Fletcher

letters | THE RACE TO NOV. 4

Plight of at-risk children should be more than campaign fodder

“Professional social work is counting on legislative and statewide candidates to affirm their commitments.” — Carol Trust

letters | NAVIGATING A MAZE OF WORLD CONFLICTS

Obama’s missteps over Syria have backed us into a corner

“We straitjacket flexibility to the detriment of diplomacy.” — Guive Mirfendereski

letters | NAVIGATING A MAZE OF WORLD CONFLICTS

Amid complex conflicts, US steers thoughtful course

“H.D.S. Greenway . . . draws a graphic and chilling portrait of the complexity of the conflicts in the Middle East.” — Nancy Huntington

letters | A BUMP IN THE ROAD FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools’ function as labs of innovation has left something to be desired

“The hiatus on new charter schools gives us a long-awaited opportunity for a more substantive debate.” — Larry Myatt

letters | A BUMP IN THE ROAD FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS

State’s halt to two schools’ bids feels like taking food from the hungry

“Simply put, like nutrition, quality schooling should not be capped.” — Jed F. Lippard

letters | WORLD ON EDGE OVER EBOLA

Can life-or-death care find a place in frenzied hospital environment?

“Today’s society and culture do not allow time to be meticulous.” — Roberta Star Hirshson

letters | WORLD ON EDGE OVER EBOLA

Time for combination of global quarantine, humanitarian aid

“Charter and military flights should provide necessary medical and humanitarian resources.” — Jack Hoey

letters | WORLD ON EDGE OVER EBOLA

Leaders have not risen to the occasion

“From the start, the Ebola outbreak was not managed.” — Ed Wojtaszek

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Olympic bid: But would they still respect us in 2025?

“The temptation of an Olympics in Boston is the dangling of shiny brass before the bedazzled many by the few.” — Harvey Finkel

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Forecast of labor shortage overlooks able, eager senior workforce

“The assumption is that many of my generation want to retire.” — John Morey

letters | HARVARD POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER FIRE

18th century wisdom is a guide: Err on side of innocence

“‘It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.’ ” — Paul Henry

letters | HARVARD POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER FIRE

These are cases for police and courts, not college investigations

“Why are schools responsible for investigations, hearings, and punishments related to assaults?” — John Bassett

letters | HARVARD POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER FIRE

School’s obligation is to keep students safe

“Harvard’s new policy is consistent with how for-profit corporations handle sexual harassment.” — Jonathan Rotenberg

letters | HARVARD POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT UNDER FIRE

A false accusation can spell end of college male’s future

“This ‘preponderance’ standard raises the likelihood that a college male who engaged in consensual sex will be wrongly convicted and expelled.” — Gordon Finley

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Question 2 hinges on more than just residential recycling

“The proposed extension of the law to water and sports drinks would greatly affect consumption that happens away from home.” — W.D. Stefanowicz

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Wrongful convictions are systemic ills, not acts of one person alone

“Medicine, aviation, and other high-risk fields have learned that you can’t discipline your way to safety.” — James M. Doyle

letters | Energy challenges abound: Bay State policy

New pipelines are not the path to easing price spikes

“We should be investing in the energy-efficiency programs that have already created thousands of jobs for the state.” — Emily Kirkland