letters | a thorny invitation

Israeli leader is fighting for his country

“It would be refreshing to see our president be as stringent in doing whatever he can to protect American interests around the globe.” — Lynn Engle

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With each team using own footballs, this farce is tailor-made

“Who was the genius who decided that a football game needs different balls for each team?” — James Blakey

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In defense of ‘wasted’ time

Robert Finch lauds Carlo Rotella’s column on “wasted time” among teenagers.

letters | a thorny invitation

Here’s a message Netanyahu could deliver to Congress

“Yes, Benjamin Netanyahu’s protocol breach is unprecedented. But the expected content of his address is far more troubling.” — Michael Felsen

letters | stakeholders in education

We lose sight of how parents are children’s primary educator

“Why is there more public spending on so-called special education than on parent involvement and education, which is inherently preventive?” — David P. Magnani

letters | stakeholders in education

Bring parents, not bureaucrats, into schools

“When parents are monitoring their children, students do well in school. The obverse is also true.” — Robert Waldron

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Editorial stumbles in hurling casual insult at Olympic committee

“I would love to hear a factual explanation of why you used this casual unsubstantiated insult.” — Mark Adams

letters | too much hot air over a football

Tom Brady keeps things in perspective

The most salient line from Tom Brady’s press conference last week was, sadly, perhaps the most underreported: ‘This isn’t ISIS.’ ” — Lisa Erbin-Grant

letters | too much hot air over a football

Why doesn’t gun violence get this kind of attention?

“Let’s pay attention to important issues that affect our quality of life, safety, or even perhaps our future.” — Eric Pierce

letters | ‘workfare’ participation lags in Mass.

We used to lead in job training programs, but cuts have taken toll

“For people to fish, they need a fishing rod, bait, and other basic supplies.” — Katherine Mainzer

letters | ‘workfare’ participation lags in Mass.

State needs to do more to help poor gain a living wage

“Low-income single mothers want to work as much as the public would like to see them work.” — Ruthie Liberman

letters | protest and consequences

Walsh wrong to fire city worker over her role in protest

“Shame on Mayor Marty Walsh .” — Becky Pierce

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Offended by pairing of articles in hospital shooting

“Nothing justifies taking the life of another human being, especially one who has committed his life to saving the lives of others.” — Josh Kraft

letters | protest and consequences

If issue is public safety, mayor has more work to do

If Walsh finds it unacceptable for city workers to put public safety at risk, he should order the release of the names of police officers arrested on drunken driving charges. — Al Maze

letters | the justice gap

No way around need for more state funding

This is especially true given that every dollar returns between $2.69 and $5 in savings on services related to emergency shelter and access to public benefits. — Lonnie Powers

letters | the justice gap

Tread lightly in calling for no-frills civil legal services for poor

“There is a reason why people of means engaged in . . . court-based matters involving fundamental rights retain highly trained private attorneys.” — Jonathan L. Mannina

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Left with question of faith in shooting

“What type of religious belief system failed [Brigham and Women’s shooter Stephen] Pasceri?” — Margaret Murphy

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State policy on homeless families casts cold eye on a dire predicament

“I wonder how they would have fared if we had become homeless.” — Miriam Stein

letters | a challenge for next Boston superintedent

School Committee needs to proceed on achievement gap task force

It’s time for the Boston School Committee to follow through on its commitment to establish an achievement and opportunity gap task force. — Kim M. Janey

letters | a challenge for next Boston superintedent

Two-track system will never lead Boston schools where they need to go

“Why would we endorse a system that intentionally separates students?” — Dan French and Rosann Tung

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Universities add to women’s struggle by imposing lessons in inequity

“Shira Springer’s commentary, ‘Firing of this coach not winning move,’ highlights that the obstacles women face can be witnessed closer to home.” — Amanda J. Rothschild

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As protests disrupt our routine, Frederick Douglass’s words resonate

“He wisely said, ‘If there is no struggle, there is no progress.’ ” — Mitch Lyons

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Faneuil Hall revamp can’t proceed without hearing concerns about disability access

“I can’t stress this point enough: Get in touch with the Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities while in the planning stage.” — Kenneth Bonacci

letters | feeling tremors over pipeline plan

Neighbors are shaken — by quarry’s blasts, by energy firm’s plans

“How could any reasonable regulatory agency approve Spectra Energy Corp.’s proposal to run a high-pressure gas line through the dense neighborhood abutting the quarry?” — Sally Muspratt

letters | feeling tremors over pipeline plan

Not too late to beat back rush of pipeline projects

“These projects are being advanced by the interests of large corporations without sufficient public debate.” — Ray Porfilio