letters | Pelosi’s provocative words

After six years of poor leadership, they can’t keep blaming the Republicans

“As President Obama said in the past, ‘Elections have consequences.’ But so does poor performance.” — Al DePaoli

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Vocational schools can be a true turning point for urban youth

“Not everyone needs or wants college.” — Betty Ungar Lapide

letters | Pelosi’s provocative words

We have GOP bellicosity to thank for Democratic intransigence

“If any government figures should apologize for anything, foremost would be George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Condoleezza Rice.” — Keith Carlson

letters | Scotland speaks

National spirit on a bumper sticker

“May England live forever — and Scotland a wee bit longer.” — Paul Angiolillo

letters | Scotland speaks

Echoes of the 19th century

“Substitute Scotland for South Carolina.” — Howard Winkler

letters | Scotland speaks

Seeds of independence movement planted in Margaret Thatcher era

“It is no surprise that Scottish independence came to a vote.” — Abby Hafer

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A salute to those fighting Ebola outbreak

“Did any citizen-soldiers ever place themselves in such harm’s way to combat a more insidious enemy?” — Christopher Mills

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Repeatedly stabbed and left for dead — that’s beyond ‘battered’

“Melissa Dohme isn’t a victim of being ‘battered.’ Her former boyfriend tried to kill her and left her for dead.” — Patricia McCarron

letters | activism on climate change draws attention

Even if Bristol DA’s move is political, that just shows how voters have spoken

“Hopefully politicians everywhere will get the message.” — Dan Hnatowich

letters | activism on climate change draws attention

DA’s only misstep: sparing trial that would have thrown light on crisis

“If politics stands in the way, then we, as [Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel] Sutter did, should take and hold the higher ground.” — Stanley McDonald Jr.

letters | activism on climate change draws attention

Time for climate skepticism to melt away

“I think [Jeff] Jacoby has painted himself into a corner.” — Ken Ward

letters | activism on climate change draws attention

Memo to Bristol DA: Civil disobedience can become contagious — and incivil

“C. Samuel Sutter apparently believes that blocking a shipment of coal to the Brayton Point power plant was proper.” — David Golber

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Troubled by bid to put students’ notes up for sale

“As an educator, I believe student collaboration should be encouraged, but monetizing it is dangerous.” — Katherine Dlesk

letters | with our eyes on November

Democratic voters are sheep

“The serious voters in this state are the 11 percent who are registered Republican, along with perhaps 20 percent who are legitimate independents.” — Stephen Tarbell

letters | with our eyes on November

Our way of life is what’s at stake in ballot questions

“How we collectively vote in November will speak volumes about the state of our Commonwealth today and whether that state will remain strong.” — Katherine Fichter

letters | staring down ISIS threat

We’re past point of public debate on taking action against ISIS

“ISIS presents a new and very different challenge.” — John Fountain

letters | staring down ISIS threat

Military actions only increase our enemies’ numbers

“The frightful cost to Americans pales in comparison with the human suffering resulting from our military adventurism.” — Milt Lauenstein

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New missile defense sites would throw good money after bad

“The system’s rushed development schedule and reduced congressional oversight abetted numerous engineering failures and cost overruns.” — Laura Grego

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A nay vote on hike in councilors’ pay

“City Council President Bill Linehan’s plan to provide raises for the councilors should include term limits for them as well.” — Brian Gannon

letters | americorps falling short of goal

Mass. can serve as measure of program’s value

“There are far more young men and women willing to serve in communities than there are federal funds to support them.” — Lawrence Bailis

letters | americorps falling short of goal

A glance at report suggests stalled program’s woes are more than political

Could it be “an attempt by some in Congress to constrain an organization that doesn’t manage its affairs prudently?” — Scott Fraser

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New economy’s winners are few, and workers suffer

“Businesses are increasingly able to replace employees at all levels with technology.” — Robert Foley

letters | ray rice video

Domestic violence just another extracurricular activity?

“Rice’s employer didn’t actually have to investigate the crime, as it was videotaped and posted for all the world to see.” — Elizabeth W. Davis

letters | ray rive video

Gawking, judgmental public should leave Ray and Janay Rice alone

“If Janay and Ray Rice have chosen to move on from this together, who are we to interfere?” — Michael E. White

letters | ray rice video

What was Goodell waiting for?

“What more did the commissioner need to know?” — Megan Brook