Letters

Want to see a peace movement? Bring back the draft

We’d “see college students back out in the streets protesting [and] furious parents telling elected officials to stop sending their children into wars without end.” — Bernard Wideman

Letters

History has proved a harsh judge of Carter Doctrine

“The desire for power prevailed over Carter’s better insincts, and the result was interminable war in the Middle East.” — A. Eric Rosen

Letters

Reaping what we’ve sown in a war-torn Middle East

“We have grown to like our wars, but we don’t want to fight in them, much less pay for them outright.” — Jeremiah Minihan

Letters

‘You can’t question a meritocracy’? Oh, yes you can

“Boston Latin School students are not a ‘meritocracy,’ and would not be one even if every sixth-grade Boston school student did have a ‘fair shake’ to sit for its exam.” — John Spritzler

Letters

Latin School’s endowment could be put to better use by promoting equity

“Until Boston Latin School itself starts taking a more active role in changing the lives of underprivileged students, the system will maintain the status quo.” — Anne McKinnon

Letters

Don’t be so quick to dismiss single-payer model

“Only so-called Medicare for all could create a large enough market of individual patients empowered to act as consumers.” — Dr. Keith J. Loud

Letters

Comparison shopping in the ‘health care aisle’? Not likely

“Do consumers have the knowledge, skills, tools, or personal time to research medical options for themselves?” — Bruce Bower

Letters

When it comes to preventive health, car maintenance analogy breaks down

“My car has myriad dashboard messages that tell me when something mechanical needs attention. Unfortunately, my body doesn’t have similar warning systems.” — Diane Jette

Letters

The power of the lone health care consumer is a free-market fantasy

“When a person’s health or life is at stake, he or she is not the so-called rational economic actor that free-market economic theory requires.” — Paul L. Criswell

Letters

Here’s a tip for Uber: Come up with a better argument

“Uber could be using its vast market presence to raise awareness about racial injustice, and help correct this unconscious bias.” — Jonathan Rotenberg

Letters

Nothing altruistic about Marvel’s accord with Jack Kirby

“The policy of not compensating artists for their writing contributions was a major source of conflict at Marvel in the 1960s.” — Chris Gavaler

Letters

So-called villain in Vineyard property dispute is miscast

“Our rights of access did not stem from Native American historical tradition or custom, but from bedrock principles of property law.” — James J. Decoulos

Letters

Taxi medallion owners seek recognition that they’re on unequal terrain

“No one in the taxi industry is trying to stop progress. We are, however, asking for regulation that makes our passengers safe and that recognizes the unequal treatment allowed by the state.” — Mansour Bahrampouri

Letters

A failing grade for Trump

“Listening to Donald Trump is like reading a research paper without any footnotes.” — Nancy Deshaies

Letters

New venture should shed name taken by historic African-American paper

“It would be a demonstration of his professionalism for David Jacobs to rename his newly launched neighborhood newspaper.” — Marilyn Richardson

Letters

He’s tickled, not hurt, by SNL’s barbs at the struggles of heroin users

“What’s the point of having a chronic and often fatal illness if you can’t laugh at the expense of yourself and your peers?” — Sam Tarplin

Letters

Nearly half of this waste should have been recycled in the first place

“If the waste industry complied with the state’s existing laws, there would be no need to burn 450,000 tons of waste or bury toxic ash in an unlined landfill in Saugus.” — Kirstie Pecci

Letters

Incinerator’s impact is felt in nearby communities

“While the ire sparked by Wheelabrator Technologies’ requested expansion is centered in Saugus, the concern is regionwide.” — Cynthia Luppi

Letters

‘Personalized’ primary care is an egregious practice

“I’m pretty sure I missed the course at Tufts Medical School, more than 40 years ago, that taught us how to take care of rich people.” — Dr. Martin P. Solomon

Letters

Immigrants’ journey held a place at their Seder table

“We started by going around our festive table and asking each person to recount how his or her family came to the United States.” — Allen M. Spivack

Letters

Pull to far left could undo Clinton just as rightward tug hurt Romney

“It’s sad to see Hillary Clinton contort herself into a pretzel by the demands of an uncompromising radical-left element.” — Christopher Messier

Letters

Clinton would be wise to take cue from Sanders’ supporters

“Maybe Alan Dershowitz hasn’t been following the polls, which show Clinton’s unfavorability rating above 50 percent.” — Barry Brodsky

Letters

Sanders’ fight recalls the time of FDR

“If Sanders is an extremist, then so was Franklin Roosevelt.” — Raymond Ajemian

Letters

Americans shouldn’t pay the lion’s share of R&D expenses

“Flier is right to say that a “proper … pricing system must be built,” but it cannot provide that all of a drug’s research and development expenses must be placed on the shoulders of American consumers.” — John H. Henn

Letters

Give FDA credit on improved process for new drugs

“I have witnessed a major transformation in FDA policy and procedures to speed cancer drug approval.” — Dr. Bruce Chabner

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