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Okinawa election speaks volumes, and rightly

“The military occupation of a former enemy territory for more than 50 years is tantamount to claiming that territory as your own.” — David Rothauser

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Angela Menino: ‘The people touched our lives’

“I was overwhelmed at the tremendous showing of love for him.” — Angela Menino

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Let’s keep that denim dustup in perspective

“As my father always says, ‘Never are the politics so fraught as when the stakes are so low.’ ” — Sarah DuBeau-Farley

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On sex assault policy, Harvard ought to consider: It takes two

“If both the male and female participants in a sexual assault are drunk, why is it only the woman who can claim that she was the victim?” — Betty Ungar Lapide

letters | a field in great need of cultivating

Our nation’s priorities are misplaced

Carl Carlsen examines the pay discrepancy between a child-care worker and a professional baseball player.

letters | a field in great need of cultivating

In face of stagnant pay for child-care workers, Mass. must step up

“It’s time to help this industry and its employees flourish.” — Marie St. Fleur

letters | Bay State faces human services challenges

Mass. needs to rise to challenge of housing adults with autism

“About 80 to 90 percent of adult autistics are unemployed and unable to afford housing on their own.” — Catherine Boyle

letters | Bay State faces human services challenges

Ever-growing needs of senior citizens raise concern

“The needs of exhausted caregivers must also be addressed, and new models of community-based care need to be funded and supported.” — MaryAnn Holak

letters | Obama acts on immigration

There can be no political progress when foes ooze with contempt

“Most Americans now want leaders of the two major political parties to work together for the good of the nation and to compromise where possible.” — Oren Spiegler

letters | Obama acts on immigration

Hard line on entitlements would put us on path to immigration reform

“Republicans must now react.” — Nick McNulty

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Maybe some investors would rather aim for better than average

“As in any endeavor, there are the good, the average, and the ugly.” — Ken Slaughter

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Don’t judge a nonprofit by its overhead alone

“Overhead is but one factor among many.” — Burton Glass

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Don’t leave educators out of the discussion on Boston’s arts future

“Any effort to invigorate the arts in Boston must include the Boston Public Schools.” — Anne R. Clark

letters | the Kennedy clout still at work in ex-staffers

What about former staffers who are still fighting good fight?

An ex-legislative aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy expresses surprise at a Globe story. — Jonathan Halpern

letters | the Kennedy clout still at work in ex-staffers

Taxpayers left with tab for D.C. deal-making

“If one is a right-wing fiscal conservative, this is a nightmare scenario adding to the deficit.” — Stuart Tuthill

letters | Olympic ambitions

Opponents of Hub Olympics have more than a little currency

“The Olympics could make Suffolk millions of dollars on construction contracts, and turn the rest of Boston into as soulless and boring a place as the Seaport.” — James Lambropoulos

letters | Olympic ambitions

Bid for 2024 Games hinges on developing popular support

“As with any large infrastructure project, early and authentic stakeholder engagement is crucial.” — James A. Hamilton

letters | Of fish and fishermen

Preservation of fishery is a complex problem, calling for an international solution

“We may say that the fish aren’t there, but it is only a guess.” — James Reed

letters | Of fish and fishermen

Charlie Baker is out of his depth in questioning federal findings

“What’s next? A return to questioning global warming?” — Michael Cerone

letters | Of fish and fishermen

We should heed alarm on depleted cod fishery

“Until Governor-elect Charlie Baker takes a good look at ALL the available data on the cod fishery, he should not say anything on the subject.” — Janice Gould

letters | with range of assessment tools, it’s multiple choice

Don’t scrap testing — instead, modernize way we assess readiness

“Let’s retire the old pencil-and-paper bubble tests.” — Linda M. Noonan

letters | with range of assessment tools, it’s multiple choice

Look to N.Y. model for performance-based standards

“High-stakes testing does more harm than good.” — Monty Neill

letters | with range of assessment tools, it’s multiple choice

Test-score pressure rests more heavily on shoulders of the less-fortunate

“It’s the high-stakes accountability system that pressures the schools and gives them little choice but to pass that pressure on to their students.” — Rebecca Steinitz

letters | with range of assessment tools, it’s multiple choice

Heartened by signs state is taking hard look at testing

“These actions are long overdue.” — Theodore H. Wilson III

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A request for help, and a rude rebuffing

“We all must examine our attitudes regarding homelessness.” — Amy Keresztes