The Podium

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

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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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Finding common ground on solar

Lynn Jurich, CEO of the rooftop solar company Sunrun, and Marcy Reed, president of National Grid Massachusetts, come together to urge passage of a solar energy bill.

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Keeping Mass. informed

Shelley Metzenbaum, former director of capital budgeting for Massachusetts, urges the gubernatorial candidates to commit to the management reforms begun by Governor Patrick.

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Needed: Lawyers in immigration court

Rachel E. Rosenbloom of Northeastern University School of Law writes that detained immigrants deserve counsel in the courtroom.

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Reducing climate risks for coastal communities

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and former US Senator Olympia Snowe warn about the economic risks posed by sea level rise and other climate change impacts.

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Flooding the energy market

The Patrick administration is rushing ahead with two potentially dangerous energy initiatives, according to George Bachrach of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Tedd Saunders of the Saunders Hotel Group.

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The changing landscape of children’s mental health

Robert P. Franks, president and CEO of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, says it’s time to reinvent the way we treat mental health issues affecting children.

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Mass. can lead in computer science education

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Steve Vinter, an engineering director at Google Boston, urge passage of the economic development bill that funds computer science education.

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Five ways to combat prescription drug abuse

Dr. Robert M. Wah, president of the American Medical Association, recommends treatment and prevention in the fight against prescription drug abuse.

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Keeping the solar revolution going

Legislation for a new net metering and renewable energy incentive program is critical to maintaining momentum on the clean energy economy in Massachusetts, write New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchel and former environment secretary John DeVillars.

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A history lesson for Abbas

The other day I listened as a friend with a passion for history recalled his college days. It took him a while, he recounted, to figure out the point of studying history at all — but eventually he got it: To avoid repeating past mistakes. “So why,” he asked rhetorically, “do we insist on repeating them?”

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