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Mass. GOP would be wise to follow Tisei’s lead

“Massachusetts Republicans need to learn from Tisei and follow his lead into the 21st century.” —Erin K. Calvo-Bacci

letters | vatican creates anti-abuse panel

We need church to take action, not hold more meetings

“Only strong action will count, not a ton of commission meetings, speeches, and reports.” — Kristine Ward

letters | vatican creates anti-abuse panel

Survivors network brings sense of urgency to protecting children

“I believe that many fail to appreciate the sense of urgency that SNAP members bring to the need to identify perpetrators and see them removed from ministry.” — Carolyn Disco

letters | Mass. firms lament lack of employable skills

Push for universal preschool is key

“Preschool doesn’t train business skills, but it does lower the achievement gap and help children develop strong cognitive skills.” — Nathan Proctor

letters | Mass. firms lament lack of employable skills

There was a time when on-job training was essential

“I think that employers need to go back to some of the techniques that worked well in educating their employees.” — James Poulin

letters | Mass. firms lament lack of employable skills

Resistance to charter schools stands in way of progress

“If Massachusetts children are going to compete for high-paying jobs, they need a strong educational foundation.” — Paul Sagan

letters | Mass. firms lament lack of employable skills

Why mess with success?

“Massachusetts has managed to become the top-performing state in the country on a host of national and international comparison tests.” — Max Page

letters | Mass. firms lament lack of employable skills

Workplace we should be examining is that of the schoolhouse

“It is worth noting that the schoolhouse is also an employer.” — Emily Ostrower

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Does this police photo make my legs look short?

Carolyn A. Gritter writes: Requiring resellers to take mug shots of their consigners is offensive and undermines a trusting business relationship.

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Beauty or ugliness? In architecture, it’s beside the point

Eminent art historian Charles Eliot Norton demonstrated the risk of wearing stylistic blinders when, in 1890, he expressed the hope for “the destruction of all the buildings erected in the last half-century” on Harvard’s campus.

Letters | Laid to rest

Winners, losers in debate over burial

Brickbats to our politicians — Governor Deval Patrick, Representative Ed Markey, Mayor Tom Menino, and Cambridge City Manager Robert Healy — who pandered to the basest responses of a few nonthinking, rabid protesters.

Letters | Laid to rest

It’s normal to be repulsed by suspect’s presence

“While we feel compassion for Tsarnaev’s soul, we can not help but be repulsed at this point by his physical presence, alive or dead.” -- Olga E. Turcotte

Letters | Hawking withdraws from Israeli conference

Singling out Israel smacks of desire to deny Jews a homeland

Len Bennett writes: The way I see it, there is only one reason to single out Israel, and it is the desire to deny the Jewish people a homeland.

Letters | Hawking withdraws from Israeli conference

Support for protest sends signal to Palestinians that they are not alone

For too long we have heard calls for Palestinian nonviolence and yet countless Palestinian demonstrators are brutally repressed or arrested by Israel’s military occupation while the world is silent.

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Imagining outcome of Marathon bomb attempt in Israel

“In Israel, from a young age, people are schooled to avoid any left objects in the street or other public places.” — Karen Andres

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With a gun marketed to kids, tragedy strikes again

“As a mother and grandmother, I am horrified to learn that real guns are now being manufactured for children.” — Judith Casey

letters | controversy over umass

A shame to use hideous act to score political points against university

“What a shame it would be were anyone to use one suspect of a hideous act to score a political attack against the 70,000 students who attend our Commonwealth’s public university.” Max Page

letters | controversy over umass

Don’t penalize UMass and its community for acts of a few

“Senate approval of increased funding for UMass would send a national message of support for public higher education.” — Henry M. Thomas III

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Bulger immunity defense too farfetched to accept

“Attorney Harvey Silverglate’s comments on the rejection of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Department of Justice immunity defense ... comes across as extremely naive.” — David Mack

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Drugs, violence in Mexico, Central America fueled by demand in US

“We are kidding ourselves if we downplay the fact that the main cause for the existence of these criminal structures is the insatiable demand for drugs in our country.” — Roberto A. Cruz-Gervis

Letters | RESISTANCE TO LIFTING CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

Early education would do more for kids in poverty

“Early childhood education has a powerfully positive impact on the achievement of all students.” — Thomas J. Gosnell, president of American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts

Letters | RESISTANCE TO LIFTING CAP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

We face a gap in opportunity, not achievement

“We must place a moratorium on charter school expansion.” — Tracy O’Connell Novick, a member of the Worcester School Committee

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Separation of powers does not call for a tug of war

“The Founders designed a system of separated branches sharing power.” — Alex Garlick

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BSO missing a key cue in search for new leader

“The BSO should take its cue from the orchestra players, who live here.” — David J. Tierney

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Lessons of 9/11 ignored in aftermath of Marathon

“How is an emphasis on community policing going to make us safer if the information flow is choked off at the federal level?” — Robert L. Cerra