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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?

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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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Safe access for women

Planned Parenthood President Marty Walz describes passage of a new law that responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the state’s buffer zone law.

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Expanding educational opportunity

A scholarship tax credit law could expand educational opportunity for students from low-income families while remaining revenue neutral for the state, write Ken Ardon of Salem State University and Jason Bedrick of the Cato Institute.

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Gordon College was misrepresented

Gordon College has been unfairly characterized with its so-called “request to discriminate,” writes Rev. Ray Hammond.

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A bittersweet Eid

This year’s Muslim celebration of Eid is tempered by the Boston Marathon bombings and violence in the Middle East.

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The long goodbye

Parishioner Arthur McCaffrey reflects on a decade of fighting to keep his church open.

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Help for patients with chronic diseases

The Legislature should pass a bill that caps out-of-pocket expenses for patients with chronic and rare diseases, writes Diane Lima of of the New England Hemophilia Association.

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Israel wanted Gaza to thrive

Alan M. Dershowitz writes that Hamas actions forced Israel to impose blockade.

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The cost of war

Senator Bernie Sanders urges passage of a bill that addresses problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Close the energy loophole

The state should be allowed to buy back unmetered streetlights from the utilities that own them, says state senator Brian A. Joyce

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Deprivation in Gaza Strip

Sara Roy of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University describes the deteriorating conditions in Gaza.

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Biotech has a long way to go

Biotech investor Oleg Nodelman reflects on the future of the industry.

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Israel’s reality

David Harris of the American Jewish Committee spells out the stakes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Boston teens take on the budget

Boston’s youth participatory budgeting election last month is part of a trend to recapture Americans’ sense of civic engagement, writes Hollie Russon Gilman of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance.

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Scrap the cap on reselling Red Sox tickets

Price caps fail to protect consumers, make secondary markets less efficient, and label far too many people criminals.

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Every family needs a home

The state needs to be promoting a range of housing choices appropriate to multi-generational communities, writes Angus Jennings, a candidate for lieutenant governor on the Falchuk-Jennings ticket.

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Barbarity in the Middle East

The murder of four teenagers has captured the world’s attention, and with good reason.

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Moving New England to a clean energy future

The Clean Energy Resources Act brings significant benefits to ratepayers and the region, say Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind, and Peter Rothstein, president of the New England Clean Energy Council.

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Special education needs to be a budget priority

Larry Sauer of the Cardinal Cushing Centers calls on the Legislature to continue supporting students with special needs.

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Equal and equitable access to solar

A solar bill would curtail many of the progressive policies that have benefited solar owners in the state, write solar coach David Enos and Worth Robbins of Harvard Solar Garden.

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Save kids’ lives with better information technology

Stephen Goldsmith explains how Massachusetts’ beleaguered DCF can go digital — and protect children

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Closing deadly loopholes in state gun laws

Rev. Ray Hammond of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Natick Police Chief James Hicks call on the Legislature to pass a bill that would reduce gun violence.

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US Navy sustainability is sound policy

The Navy and Marine Corps are working hard to ensure that we use energy efficiently.

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Patrick administration is not proposing a pipeline

The administration is not proposing any gas pipeline, nor is it rushing ahead with potentially dangerous energy initiatives.

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