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Communities imperiled by congressional inaction on Zika funding

“For our community, Zika is more than an abstract budget line — it is a real threat.” — Dr. Alison Case

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From here to infinity: a grandson’s take on numbers

My grandson “innocently raised serious philosophical questions about . . . whether mathematics is invented or discovered.” — Ethan Bolker

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In criminal justice reform, be sure pretrial tools are not blunt instruments

“Yes, Massachusetts needs reform, but pretrial risk assessment may be an area where going slowly will achieve a much better result.” — Randy Gioia

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Presidential debates cry out for overhaul, starting with sponsorship

“Reform will never happen as long as the debates are organized and controlled by the two major parties and the broadcast media outlets.” — Dennis N. Ricci

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Area’s ‘ugly nickname’ is not a path to a solution

“The catchphrase ‘Methadone Mile’ is not helpful as we search for solutions.” — Byron Rushing

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For chronic disease of addiction, methadone is a lifesaver

“Most people will get better, and the life-saving medications methadone and buprenorphine are the most effective pathway to recovery.” — Dr. Sarah Wakeman

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We can’t keep our distance — we must rush to aid those who are suffering

“I hope that our community will continue to turn attention to and exhibit bravery over the gravity of trauma and addiction.” — Billie Starks

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Demand outpaces supply all along the continuum of care

“With the growth of the population that is experiencing substance use disorders, we can see a clearer, more vivid picture of what’s happening around us.” — Annissa Essaibi-George

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Fairness for pregnant workers has added impact of preventing litigation

“Massachusetts should be the next state to realize the public health and economic benefits of ensuring basic fairness for pregnant workers.” — Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman

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Cost of free tuition would be outweighed by benefits

“This policy is indeed not free, but it should be good for the economy and for the taxpayer.” — John E. Hill

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After all this vitriol, victory in Nov. will not be sweet

“In this era of the end justifies the means, I urge Donald Trump and the Republican Party to rein in the rhetoric.” — Denny Freidenrich

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An all-time low in boorish behavior on the convention floor

“American politics has always been rough and tumble, but this is an all-time low.” — Frank Callahan

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Eternal life is about the spark of a moment, not the stretch of infinity

“The prospect of living this physical life interminably would be akin to a living hell, since we would remain prisoners of time.” — The Rev. Gregory A. Mathias

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Even with the rise of genetic technology, death won’t take a holiday

“Whether one chooses to live their life with religion or without, humanity will still be grappling with the vast mystery and pain of loss for millennia to come.” — Janice Darling

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Hard to call sparsely attended RNC a ‘show of force’

“So many reputable Republicans are not at the convention.” — Mario Moreira

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Comparisons of Trump with Reagan are greatly exaggerated

“The coronation of Trump as the official candidate of the Republican Party this week will serve only to remind us that the 2016 version of the Grand Old Party has been hijacked.” — Randolph Yunker

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Exeter assault case shows the harm of damage-control mode

“Doing what is right does not seem to come into the picture.” — Raymond Ajemian

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Republic of China bridles over ruling on islands

“The Republic of China government does not accept any decisions that undermine its rights, and declares that they have no legally binding force.” — Scott Lai

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Questions about Pence reminiscent of a certain 2008 Democratic hopeful

“Doesn’t that exactly describe Barack Obama’s credentials when he first ran for president?” — Jack McDonough

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In this respect, Melania Trump bested Michelle Obama

“Did anyone notice that Melania Trump didn’t have to wait for her husband to win the election before she stated she was proud to be an American?” — Al DePaoli

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One thing is apparent in Governor Baker’s no-show

Governor Baker seems to have “fallen ill with the RINO virus — Republican in name only.” — John Wood

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GOP convention is laughable, in a way

“Too bad Republicans, for the most part, don’t have a sense of humor, because they could then enjoy the Republican National Convention as a parody.” — Michel L. Spitzer

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Tiered wage helps secure jobs for workers with certain disabilities

“A loophole for workers with certain disabilities is needed since appropriate jobs can be so limited.” — Elizabeth Bjorkman

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Hike in minimum wage would force firms to make moves to lower labor costs

“Restaurants aren’t sitting on vast amounts of spare cash to offset a 107 percent increase in the base wage for starter jobs.” — Michael Saltsman

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Pence’s antiscience stances make him a poor choice for VP

“At a time when the perils of mixing religion with politics are evident, we can ill afford to have the highest officials of government making crucial policy decisions based on faith.” — Frederick Hewett