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Voices of New England - Local experts and advocates weigh in on the issues of the day.

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India should accept disaster aid

India needs the global community’s help in order to begin to truly take care of those affected by the September floods.

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Toxic information and the fight against Ebola

The unprecedented epidemic is not just a health crisis.


Arab allies key in fight against ISIS

President Obama understands that this battle is, at its core, a struggle for the future of the Sunni world.

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UN summit can accelerate momentum to a new approach to climate change

The goal now before negotiators is to produce a new international agreement for implementation in 2020.

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Amend Patients’ Bill of Rights to protect health care workers, too

Four years after the rollout of the measure, health care workers still have no right to safety.

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Technology is driving change in Colombia

While work remains, Colombia has clearly turned the page.

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Honor slain foreign correspondents by demanding more of their work

On the 15th anniversary of a reporter’s murder, his friend asks readers to pay tribute.

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How to prepare urban children for success in the 21st century

We must go beyond developing aptitude and proficiency on standardized tests.

opinion | Alex Pearlman

Scotland vote a success for democracy, UK’s future

The union will live to stand another day, but certainly not without significant government reforms.

opinion | H.D.S. Greenway

Scotland could have been like Denmark, but instead stays

No doubt a “yes” vote is a little like jumping off the diving board without knowing how much water is in the pool.

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Nuclear energy must be part of climate change strategy

Massachusetts leaders should not lose sight of the long-term benefits of nuclear energy.

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Correction: We regret the error

A Podium piece was removed because it appeared in another publication.

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The Scottish vote: Precedent or Pandora’s Box?

The referendum reflects the fact that secessionist aspirations need not always lead to violent conflict.

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A penny for the courts

We need the legislature to find another penny in each tax dollar for our state courts.


After Ebola: Rebuilding Liberia’s health care infrastructure

A fleet of emergency shelters, tents, and other short-term strategies are inadequate not only for safe patient isolation, but also in the long-term.


Disabled students need proper technology, but TEACH Act isn’t the answer

Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education takes issue with the TEACH Act

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Remembering James Foley: ‘His heart grew so big’

The reaction of Foley’s parents to his death is inspiring and instructive, Janet Wu writes.

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The enduring legacy of national service

Alan D. Solomont, dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, celebrates the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps.

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Obesity epidemic: Lose now, save later

Insurers and Medicare are still not adequately funding weight loss treatment. That’s short-sighted.

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Teaching kids respect for guns doesn’t infringe on gun rights

I want to teach my daughter how to handle a gun, but I’m not willing for her to die doing so, writes educator and community advocate Susan Hamilton.


On education technology, college lobbyists are keeping disabled students behind

Kyle Shachmut asks why university lobbyists are objecting to accessible technologies.

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Busing in Boston — 40 years later

Lew Finfer of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network tells why forced busing in Boston was a failure.

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Run toward your future

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott has some inspiring advice for students.

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The road to Gaza’s demilitarization

The demilitarization of Hamas in Gaza is key to lasting peace, writes Israel’s Consul General Yehuda Yaakov.

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An essential movement in the face of wage inequality

Organized labor is key in the fight against income disparity, writes Veronica Turner of 1199SEIU.

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Remembering James Foley: ‘His heart grew so big’

The reaction of Foley’s parents to his death is inspiring and instructive, Janet Wu writes.

To improve medical care, enlist pharmacists

Prescription to improve health care access: Your local pharmacist.

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Don’t forget the cause behind Ice Bucket Challenge

In a post-ice-bucket-world, will any more people actually know what ALS is?


Westfield State trustees at fault in Dobelle debacle

Despite president’s past misdeeds, trustees failed to put safeguards in place, Mark C. Rogers writes.

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‘A sharp turn for the worse’ in Burma

Secretary of State John Kerry needs to press Burma on genuine democratization, writes retired Globe editorial writer Alan Berger.

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