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After nay on Haystack, it’s time to go after ugly winter placeholders

“May we now expect Boston to abandon its tolerance for people using folding chairs and similar rubbish to reserve their parking space.” — Richard M. Nasser

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No question where he stands on bottle law

“By contrast, 80 percent of deposit containers get recycled.” — Paul Lauenstein

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It’s no gimmick to prod science agency to spend money wisely

“The NSF paid researchers more than $227,000 to thumb through pictures of animals in old National Geographic magazines.” — Representative Lamar Smith

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Events in Mo. underscore how much we lost in April 1968

“The American people have been sorely disadvantaged as a result of the premature passing of Martin Luther King Jr.” — Jason Blanchette

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Grand juror left uneasy over racial divide

“Of the dozens of cases that we were presented, almost all of those whom we were asked to indict were people of color, and the overwhelming majority of police called as witnesses were white.” — Ginny Vogel Zanger.

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At the Magna Carta merch table

“I am pleased to report that there is indeed a coffee mug with the Magna Carta pictured on it.” — Martha Clouse

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Account of skydiving hold the sport aloft

“We jumpers often have a hard time articulating why we do what we do.” — Jessica Bernstein

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Brouhaha over dispensary distracts from need to proceed on medical marijuana

“Massachusetts citizens voted by a wide margin to change the law to allow for medical marijuana.” — Sarah Wunsch

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Memo to Market Basket board: Step 1. Get estrogen. Step. 2. Get to yes.

“I have thought about the implications of all-male Market Basket governance since first seeing a list of the board members.” — Betsy Stengel

letters | countering zealotry

In fight against monsters, do not become monstrous

“Not all zealotry is bad.” — Berge Tatian

letters | countering zealotry

Put democratic politics ahead of brute force

“The careless use of language by George W. Bush and others in his administration . . . played right into Muslim extremists’ search for justification to continue to attack.” — W.M. Powers

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Waterfront planning calls for public-private partnership

“The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association encourages the review of what cities worldwide, including Boston, are doing right about waterfront planning.” — Tim Moll

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The goal is to bring injuries, deaths on our roads to zero

“Safe streets for all modes of travel are critical for Massachusetts’ quality of life and economic vitality.” — Wendy Landman

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Japan’s tilt to militarization poses a threat

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, since reinterpreting the Japanese ‘peace constitution’ last month, does in fact pose an existential threat to China and Korea.” — David Rothauser

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With Schilling news, a growing cheering section in fight against tobacco use

“In light of Curt Schilling’s disclosure of his mouth cancer, my heart goes out to him and his family.” — Cynthia M. Sullivan

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Boston can be a mecca by rail, too

“I find that the commuter rail and MBTA networks are important contributors to my access to Boston.” — William Kaufman

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Responsibility for Market Basket fiasco can be laid at board’s feet

“It makes you wonder what those board members have been doing the past month.” — Harvy Simkovits

letters | the animals and us

Alligator succumbs to predators of the human kind

“How could decent people not see the glory of the fight that poor animal endured and let it go?” — Louise McRae

letters | the animals and us

Larger tank size at SeaWorld still means captivity for killer whales

“It is still tiny compared to their rightful environment — the ocean.” — Evelyn Kimber

letters | the animals and us

‘Wild and free is the only way elephants can be’

“We strive to live in a world in which we leave dolphins and elephants alone.” — Azzedine Downes

letters | looking to 2014

Obama on campaign trail would be a gift — for GOP

“Please, Mr. President, have at it.” — Peter Meisenzahl

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Eye-opening portrait of the working poor

Every newspaper should “remind their readers of the brave people who do everything by the rules, but for whom merely staying alive is a full-time job in itself.” — Andrew Oram

letters | looking to 2014

Obama shy on narrative? A likely story

“The rebuttal of your Aug. 17 editorial can be found in President Obama’s 2012 interview with Charlie Rose.” — Michael Smith

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As a society, we must learn to value mental health services

“As a therapist with 35 years of experience, I . . . find the state of mental health care as a profession, and as an adequate service, lacking.” — Gini Goulet

letters | foreign policy challenges

We’ve been indiscriminate, and reckless, in our choice of allies

“The history of US foreign policy for the past 60 years has been one of supporting whichever governments are on our side, regardless of how they ascended to power.” — David Kuppenheimer