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In times like these, Obama may well exercise right to criticize

“I am heartened that Obama recognizes the precarious situation we now find ourselves in and remains open to the necessity of using his bully pulpit.” — Donald Hnatowich

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After Trump’s approach, it’s hypocritical to expect Obama to respect precedent

“Trump violated so many precedents during the primaries and general election campaigns that it is hypocritical to say now that Obama should respect precedent.” — Gary Rucinski

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Democrats need to look at their own faults

“Rather than blaming others, the Democrats need to look in the mirror and recognize that the country is fed up with their continued march toward socialism.” — Joe Palladino

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This passing of the baton is a far cry from 2008

“I don’t think this situation is anywhere close to when Bush left office.” — Susan Rothstein

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After Obama took office, it was Cheney who stayed on the attack

“He was at his attack dog finest in how he treated an honest man with an impossible task ahead.” — Owen R. Mathieu Jr.

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It’s not too late to push back against Blue Hills deer hunt

“This year’s deer hunt is already underway. So the question is, what will it take for the state to reconsider?” — Ingrid Avalos

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The seamy side of good clean fun: Sitting at the bar, too impaired to fill out her Keno card

“Maybe we in Massachusetts should question whether to be proud of the robust public gaming system we have built or ashamed.” — Dan Janis

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State must reject city’s plan for Harbor Garage

“Whatever is done at the Harbor Garage will affect future waterfront development in Boston and the public’s right of access and enjoyment of the waterfront for decades to come.” — Lee Kozol

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FBI deal to access tweets should raise privacy concerns

“The responsibility to protect consumer data falls increasingly to private corporations.” — Michael Connor

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Media must call Trump out for his dangerous lies

“Trump lies whenever it suits him, and usually with impunity.” — Steve Carr

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Daily fiction from the White House — is this the new normal?

“What is truly ludicrous is that Americans elected the most dishonest candidate ever to run for president while convinced he was the more truthful candidate.” — Robert Banta

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Disregard for the truth leads to bad decisions

“We’re in for a long four years of wasting time, arguing, and making mistakes in responding to things that are not real.” — Todd Macalister

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Reassured by effort to uphold the truth

“I was at least reassured that you will continue to do the job of responsible reporting when it is so critically needed.” — Naomi Kornhauser

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His aides can’t seem to rein him in now

“I often wondered who would be able to rein in a President Trump. Now we know: No one.” — Stephen Polit

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Voter fraud? Well, let’s have that recount

“I’m glad to see that the integrity of the vote has bipartisan support, and I hope we’ll see a thorough audit of the voting.” — Matthew Brown

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Proposed ferry is no substitute for North-South Rail Link

“Reinstituting the ferry connecting North Station with the Seaport is a worthy proposal in its own right, but it is no substitute for the North-South Rail Link.” — John Kyper

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For progressives, marching orders for the midterms: Take the low road

“To flip Michelle Obama’s statement: When they go low, we go lower.” — Mike Banks

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Be careful who you label as ‘the enemy’

“This woman — with such a painful history and a deep desire for a better life — this woman is not the enemy.” — Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli

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Stigma of substance use keeps many pregnant women from seeking care

“Women with substance use disorder need compassionate treatment and support, not stigma and victimization, across the care continuum.” — Drs. James S. Gessner and Maryanne Bombaugh

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Situation is dire at Standing Rock

“The pipeline is both a desecration of history and an insult to the future.” — Ted McIntyre

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Hampshire should respect the flag

“Hampshire College’s stance on the flag is just plain wrong.” — Jim Higgins

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Americans’ sacrifices must be honored

“How hundreds of thousands of Americans, like JFK, gave their lives for that ‘disruptive symbol’?” — Robert Rutchik

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You take the commuter rail to Boston? Yikes.

“Yes, we are used to late trains, but that doesn’t mean we should simply accept it.” — Meghan Murdock

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Protectors, not protesters

“Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people understand their fight to protect water to be a fight for the future of all humanity, not just Native peoples.” — Hilary Davis

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Neoliberal agenda has set Democrats back

“If the Democratic Party fails to reckon with this reality, we could see the United States become an authoritarian state we barely recognize.” — Robert Boyd