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When just one word could detour a girl’s dreams

“My language changed forever on that day.” — Christine Long

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‘-man,’ ‘-woman,’ ‘selectmen,’ ‘select board’ — let’s call the whole thing off

“Debating the names for selectmen and aldermen at tedious length is . . . silly-season activity.” — Sue Bass

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Marine national monument should be preserved

“Preserving a healthy ocean, with abundant populations of fish and other sea creatures, benefits the region’s economy.” — Berl Hartman

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Disdain for US policies should not extend to our flag

Two readers had a strong reaction to a letter renouncing the American flag.

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Some welcome wordplay

“Some writerly fun to savor with my morning coffee.” — Graham Walker

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A growing reason to worry about deportation

Readers reacted to Kevin Cullen’s Metro column about the fate of an Irish immigrant.

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As a symbol of progressive ideals, the flag is useless

“We should actively reject the flag as a symbol of progressive ideals.” — Dominic Serino

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Flying the flag is how we give thanks

“It has never been a political statement. . . . Rather, it is a demonstration of being thankful that we are Americans.” — Bruce Hauben

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For realtors in Greater Boston, motorcycle roar is no selling point

“The euphoria of getting an offer on a home dissipates pretty quickly when a Harley roars by.” — Marie Presti

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Barriers to public’s harbor access takes some of the wind out of Sail Boston

“Many of the residents and tourists who came to our waterfront this month to see this spectacle were barred from the harbor that is rightfully theirs.” — Peter Shelley

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Globe opted for the wrong ZIP code

“It should have . . . found a home in Cambridge.” — Jack McDonough

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GOP takes aim at health care reform

Readers react to Senate Republicans’ plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

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It will take collaboration to bring diversity to City Hall

“The city must conduct focus groups on a range of challenges facing Latinos in Boston and Chelsea.” — Vanessa Calderón-Rosado

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Manganese in water is a problem that needs action now

“Elevated levels in 2 of 5 water samples demand immediate attention.” — Christine Mitchell

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Fatherless, but not without a sense of fatherhood

“The loss inspired me to do something for other fatherless kids.” — A. Eric Rosen

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Sessions taking a dangerously unhealthy approach to battling opioid epidemic

“States that have legalized medical marijuana may soon find themselves in greater conflict with the US Department of Justice.” — Jane A. Allen and Nicholas C. Peiper

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Problems with tap water highlight how inhumane we can be to prisoners

“Consciously or unconsciously, many people see those in prison as less than human.” — Peg Malt

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In the language of addiction, ‘abuse’ has no place

“Since it has no agreed-upon meaning, it has become a useless, inaccurate term.” — Dr. Richard Saitz

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Idea of safe injection facilities is absurd at its core

“Sometimes our liberal residents amaze me with their ideas.” — Bob Glendon

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Where conditions are harsh, a shelter is offered

Mayor Walsh’s efforts to provide supports to a troubled neighborhood have drawn attention.

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Let’s invite the Russians to testify

“Their memories might be less porous.” — Brian Duffy

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Delta Dental: Status quo threatens access to care

“The rising costs of dental care are unsustainable.” — Dennis Leonard

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Dentists: New fee structure’s impact on patients must be assessed

“Delta claims its mission is to improve oral health care for all, but its actions tell another story.” — Dr. David Lustbader

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Time may march on, but Globe’s past is ever present

“The linotype machine will always be part of the Globe’s DNA.” — Tom Mulvoy

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Globe’s presence in Dorchester will be etched in memory

“The building will be a memory, but the staff and its devotion to the community will live on.” — Larry Kennedy