letters | unopposed races

For any hope of broadening voters’ choices, we need a third party

“We cannot rely solely on only two options of Democrats and Republicans if we expect to ever have more candidates from which to choose.” — Evan Falchuk

letters | inequality

There is only one figure to look to: 1%

“When the income of a single financier is equal to that of 1,000 factory workers, we must acknowledge that the egalitarian society that we used to value so highly has become a thing of the past.” — Milt Lauenstein

letters | inequality

Cite data all you want, but above all, income divide is driven by greed

“Technology is being used to get more out of every worker without the company having to pay for it.” — Phyllis Spivack

letters | museum gets a makeover

Sad to see over-the-top treatment for what was a peaceful spot

“I don’t want to experience the over-the-top renovation, which smacks of elitism.” — Pamela A. Lyttle

letters | unopposed races

Glut of Democrats contributes to unopposed races

“The preponderance of Democrats in the Massachusetts Legislature makes any attempt by a Republican or independent to run daunting.” — Rick Brostowin

letters | museum gets a makeover

She gives revamped Clark Art Institute a warm welcome

“What is really amazing is the plaza and reflecting pool that invite you to sit and contemplate the gorgeous Berkshire Hills.” — Ann M. McGill

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With experience on both sides, AG hopefuls defy insider-outsider tag

“The public sector experience of both candidates should be valued, not criticized.” — Renée M. Landers

N.Y. neighborhood can attest to woes of later last call

“We have found in the Lower East Side of Manhattan that our 4 a.m. closing time for bars has seriously impeded our residential quality of life.” — Diem Boyd

letters | probation case

DeLeo unfairly maligned

“In my opinion, DeLeo has worked long and hard for the Commonwealth and has accomplished a lot of great things.” — Paul Dawson

letters | Probation case

‘Business as usual’ cannot go on

“I don’t think that patronage should make it possible for unqualified people to be working in the Probation Department.” — Franklin Hudson

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He’ll take religious inspiration over messages of secular society

“Secular society indeed has a god — the almighty buck.” — Robert Bill

letters | opening a door to migrant children

Holocaust survivor sees direct line to helping migrant children

“I am saddened to note that we have not learned anything.” — Max Michelson

letters | opening a door to migrant children

In making his pitch, Patrick finds too snug a fit in cloak of Scripture

“It is unsettling when any politician selectively finds religion.” — F. B. Townley

letters | opening a door to migrant children

Think of these kids as refugees, not illegal immigrants

“I was proud of our governor for agreeing to accept some of those children into temporary housing.” — Stephen A. Hopkins

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Cut out federal middleman and give states reins on transportation

“State and local governments account for more than 70 percent of highway and transit spending in Massachusetts.” — Michael A. Needham

letters | ensuring that teen drivers are slow out of the gate

Trauma doctors speak to the benefits of teen driving law

“While the process of gradually gaining full driving privileges may be frustrating . . . the purpose of the law is sound.” — Dr. Peter Masiakos, Dr. Haytham Kaafarani, and Dr. Jarone Lee

letters | ensuring that teen drivers are slow out of the gate

Probationary period is life-saver for teens

“I guess parents might still be valuable after that license is obtained.” — Barbara Estabrook

letters | divide over state gun bill

Let’s not add to patchwork of rules on firearms licenses

“The theory of the local chief of police knowing the residents of his town may apply in some of the smaller locales, but I have never met mine.” — Michael W. Pearson

letters | divide over state gun bill

Some people shouldn’t own guns, and police know who they are

“To reward these individuals with a license serves to further empower their inappropriate behavior.” — Joseph G. Griffin

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A bright future for casinos in Bay State? He’ll take those odds

“The possibility of a financial windfall for government should not be the sole rationale when considering casinos.” — Daniel F. McCarthy

letters | CHALLENGES IN THE MOVE TO ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

Even with glitches and challenges, this is a step forward

“We cannot disregard the need to pursue and work with these tools to engineer a better-performing health care system.” — Dr. Michael A. Lee

letters | CHALLENGES IN THE MOVE TO ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

With competing systems, we need common data bank

“A major problem with electronic medical records is the incompatibility between systems.” — Albert Altman

letters | CHALLENGES IN THE MOVE TO ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

Many health-IT success stories to note

“A fully electronic health system can help identify and prevent potential medical errors.” — Dr. Karen DeSalvo

letters | CHALLENGES IN THE MOVE TO ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

Every system conversion should come with a warning

“As is often the case in medicine, errors are more likely to occur during times of transition.” — Dr. Stephen Pauker

letters | CHALLENGES IN THE MOVE TO ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS

Computerized system has boosted patient care

“Communication, the essence of good medical care, is vastly better.” — Dr. Martin P. Solomon