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President Trump deserves respect, not scorn

“Who exactly is on edge over Donald Trump’s tweets? I’m not. People who support him are not.” — Mike Schipani

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The truth lies somewhere amid polarized media

“I’m not that hopeful that President Trump will, in fact, be great. I do know Obama hasn’t been.” — Stephen R. Tarbell

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It’s a stretch to read ‘hope’ into Trump’s nod to black community

“There is nothing in Trump’s past on which such far-reaching interpretations of his words can be based.” — S. Robins

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This girl applauds the Women’s March

“I see it as an opportunity for women to inspire every teenage girl who has to face the uncertainty of her equality for the very first time.” — Rose Blackwell

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Democrats who sat out inaugural address didn’t miss much

“Trump gave a predictable rehash of a campaign rally speech aimed squarely at what he called his ‘movement.’ ” — Nelson Checkoway

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Challenges of ART theater school and its students call for a wider discussion

“We hope that this discussion can illuminate the intrinsic value of the arts in the community and in the economy.” — Marissa Friedman and Sara Brookner

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In view of election losers and winners, reader takes another swing at baseball analogy

“Trump is not an honorable man. I applaud the representatives and others who decline to honor the man.” — Paul Sawyer

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She wants to see Mass. delegation in attendance at inauguration

“I want our leaders to be present and counted at the inauguration, to figure out how they are going to work on behalf of the Commonwealth.” — Maria Mackavey

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Boycotting the ceremony is only right given how low Trump has gone

“Attending Trump’s inauguration legitimizes the actions he took to gain the office of president.” — Rick Schrenker

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Today, naturopaths — tomorrow, soothsayers?

“Now could the Legislature get busy on dealing with [other] unlicensed practitioners?” — George Mitchell

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Trump needs to act as though he were president of all Americans

“Trump has made no effort to engage or make peace with those who voted against him.” — Jeremiah Minihan

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Finally, we’ll have a president strong enough to make an impact

“I am encouraged and hopeful that, at last, we may have a president powerful and effective enough to . . . achieve on many” important issues. — Wanda Paik

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GOP should heed Baker’s warning on health care reform

“Start with preserving coverage for all.” — Sami Keats

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State can’t afford to scrimp on funding to aid problem gamblers

“The 2017 budget cut is an outrage given our new casinos and the state’s promotion of the lottery.” — Margaret J. Malt

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A Boston memorial to MLK is long overdue

“We have yet to recognize adequately King’s transformative legacy on our city and nation, as well as our own city’s role in shaping the man himself.” — Seth Riseman

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Memories of King’s ’65 march in Boston come rushing back

“As we marched toward Boston Common, we passed a barroom, and a group of white men came out.” — Jon Maddox

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A president’s conflicts of interest cannot be untangled by statute

“The only remedy for a presidential conflict of interest is vigilance.” — Brian R. Merrick

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For women, injustices are still rampant in court of public opinion

“The venom that Carmen Ortiz encountered is similar to what any powerful woman still endures.” — Donna L. Halper

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Constitutional debate has been settled: Hate crime laws serve vital purpose

“Legislators have the right to recognize the odious nature of hate crimes by treating them differently in the laws that govern all of us.” — Robert O. Trestan

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Hate crimes, like terrorism, target a wider field

“When group membership is the target of a crime, all other group members become victims.” — Keith Backman

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A measure of crimes’ egregiousness acts as a remedy to our shameful past

“Elevating penalties to reflect the level of egregiousness of a crime motivated by hate is no different than elevating penalties based on the degree of criminal intent.” — James L. Sherley

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This constituent appreciates the good fight Senator Warren is waging

“We are grateful she is doing her job with courage and integrity.” — Michael Shea

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Don’t pin divided country on Obama

“When Obama’s approval ratings are well into the 50s, and those of Congress are in the low teens, I’d say Jacoby has misplaced the blame.” — Dave Griffiths

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Obama struggled to tackle big problems — that’s not same thing as failure

“I don’t consider trying to fix the health care system or trying to stop endless wars . . . leading from behind.” — Berge Tatian

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Eloquence aside, Obama paved a path straight to Trump

“Obama speaks beautifully, but he paved the way . . . for a successor a plurality of voters disdained.” — Paul Bloustein