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Motley is uniquely qualified to succeed Caret as UMass president

J. Keith Motley “is beloved by students, a mentor to hundreds, and a valued and contributing member of the education community.” — Joyce Ferriabough Bolling and Bruce C. Bolling Jr.

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Dudley Square has become a pedestrian’s nightmare

“I saw inoperable or delayed crosswalk signals, missing wheelchair ramps, double-parked cars, and speeding traffic.” — Alan Wright

letters | chilling effect of Sony cyber attack

Sad day when we bow to cyberterrorism

“The threat of the release of a few thousand business e-mails stops us in our tracks.” — Rich Sidney

letters | chilling effect of Sony cyber attack

This offensive movie should never have been green-lighted

“What’s next for Sony — a comedy about desecrating the Koran or killing baby seals?” — Lawrence Thomas

letters | chilling effect of Sony cyber attack

Let’s send message that our free expression will not be stifled

“While Sony is reeling from this embarrassing and expensive public relations fiasco, it is in a position to redeem itself.” — Steven Cohen

letters | chilling effect of Sony cyber attack

With hacking as a new reality, businesses must protect their data

“As much as technology has enabled business transformation and growth, it has clearly opened up more threats and vulnerabilities.” — Kevin West

letters | the city and its architecture

It’s what happens at ground level that matters

“Dante Ramos is asking the wrong question in his column.” — John Tittmann

letters | the city and its architecture

Boston needs better buildings, not ‘bolder’ ones

“Shadows, sightlines, and the city’s fabric are concerns that architects should respond to.” — Robert M. Lauricella

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Protecting workers will be a key role for new state labor secretary

“The Labor Department plays a critical role in protecting workers and ensuring that law-abiding businesses are not undercut by those who underpay wages.” — Marcy Goldstein-Gelb

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Walsh’s confusing approach to Long Island bridge closure is hard to navigate

“Mayor Walsh, what’s the plan here?” — Michael McGuill

letters | Concerns over prenatal screens

These screening tests are an inexact science

“Claims made by proprietary companies marketing prenatal screening tests should be backed up by objective scientific evidence collected by independent researchers.” — David L. Maxwell

letters | Concerns over prenatal screens

Surge in samples sent to corporate labs stirs concern

“Hospitals and physicians must choose a lab with a stellar reputation.” — Carol Houde

letters | Concerns over prenatal screens

Calling some of these genetic conditions ‘bad news’ adds to bias against disabled

“Too often expectant mothers and their doctors do not understand that screening tests still have false positives and false negatives.” — Mark W. Leach

letters | Concerns over prenatal screens

Marketing push should not guide clinical decisions

“Relying on marketing materials for medical education is a dangerous foray.” — Dr. James Goldberg and Dr. Mary Norton

letters | the whole point now is to build bridges

In din of angry crowd, an opportunity is lost in Roxbury

“The Radius site could have been a powerful chip for the community . . . to advance redevelopment funding.” — Jonathan D. Scott

letters | the whole point now is to build bridges

Let’s have a ‘smoot’ for Long Island Bridge — a measurement of shame

“How many politicians and bureaucrats pointing at each other would it take to span the now-closed Long Island Bridge?” — John Bluthardt

letters | the whole point now is to build bridges

Charlie Baker should extend state initiative to reach struggling families

“While social-impact bonds are a social sector darling, Baker should also commit to another radically logical idea.” — Richard Sheward

letters | the whole point now is to build bridges

Widen safety net to prevent people from slipping into homelessness

“There is growing interest throughout the country in new approaches.” — Thomas Byrne

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MCAS aside, sometimes life puts kids to test

“Is it possible that a one-sided approach to school improvement — on teachers only — is inadequate?” — Robert Grant

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Act 1: We need more women playwrights

“We need more women playwrights to send us their work. That is a critical first step toward change.” — James Pagliasotti

letters | New clout in Congress for climate change skeptic

Behind senator’s stance lurk fossil-fuel industry donors

“The longer the fossil fuel industry can enrich itself at the expense of the environment, the happier it will be.” — Neil Clark

letters | New clout in Congress for climate change skeptic

For whosoever shall rain doubt on the evidence of boiling seas . . .

“We are in covenant with God and do not have license to do whatever we want, either to one another or to Eden.” — Christopher L. Chase

letters | New clout in Congress for climate change skeptic

Green movement poised to stand up against James Inhofe

“The Oklahoma Republican is happy to go farther and proclaim global warming a hoax.” — Don Hnatowich

letters | Wellesley College and its students

Trouble stirs when anger at Israeli policy turns aggressive

It can become “impossible to weed out anti-Semites who manipulate the issues for their own agenda.” — Brynna Bloomfield

letters | Wellesley College and its students

Criticism of Zionism or Israel should not be stifled

“Criticism of Zionism is part of the Middle East debate even among Jews.” — Dan Klein