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What went wrong in Sandra Bland’s arrest, soaring drug costs, and more

Jeanette Williams placed a bouquet of roses at a memorial for Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas.AP

Check out five opinions trending online, from snap nuclear inspections to Barney Frank on Bernie Sanders.

What went wrong in Texas: The officer who pulled Sandra Bland over for failing to signal should have let any insults roll off his back and de-escalated the situation, writes the editorial board of the Washington Post.

“If it were not already obvious, police officers must assume that they are being recorded at all times. That awareness should underline that they have no option but to be calm and careful, no matter how insulted they feel. We don’t expect that to be easy at all times and in all situations. Yet the police are entrusted with the awesome power to legitimately use force on the public. That trust requires restraint and judgment — among other things about when confrontation is necessary and when it isn’t. We see no reason why Ms. Bland shouldn’t have collected her traffic warning and driven on — annoyed, but alive.” Read more.

Doctors object to drug costs: Oncologists from around the country are objecting to the soaring cost of cancer drugs, and are calling for new regulations, writes Jeanne Whalen in the Wall Street Journal. Their protest appears in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.


“The physicians are the latest in a growing roster of objectors to drug prices. Critics from doctors to insurers to state Medicaid officials have voiced alarm about prescription drug prices, which rose more than 12 percent last year in the US, the biggest annual increase in a decade, according to the nation’s largest pharmacy-benefit manager.” Read more.

Finding her voice: Novelist Holly Robinson understands why it took Bill Cosby’s accusers so long to speak out. She shares details of a long-ago sexual assault in a column for WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

“Meanwhile, two things are certain. The first is that I’m not the only woman for whom the Cosby scandal stirs up dark memories. The second is that women must continue sharing our stories, so that our sons know there are no such things as blurred lines, and our daughters know that anyone can be assaulted — even the ones who say no, and even by a seemingly nice college professor who just misses his kids, or by a cultural icon who makes us laugh. And if the unthinkable does happen, speaking up right away, without guilt, is the first and best way for a woman to reclaim the power of her voice.” Read more.


Snap nuclear inspections: Writing for BloombergView, Eli Lake and Josh Rogin explore the hurdles that remain for the US nuclear deal with Iran — and the issue of “anytime, anywhere” inspections.

“It’s not just Republicans who believed there should be snap inspections in a final deal. Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat in line to be the next leader of his party in the Senate, told as much to Jewish groups this spring. Now his words are featured in a dark money ad against the Iran deal, quoting the senator calling for a deal with ‘inspections unannounced, anywhere.’ ” Read more.

Barney Frank on Bernie Sanders: Former Congressman Barney Frank explains why he won’t be supporting Bernie Sanders, in an opinion piece for Politico.

“I believe strongly that the most effective thing liberals and progressives can do to advance our public policy goals — on health care, immigration, financial regulation, reducing income inequality, completing the fight against anti-LGBT discrimination, protecting women’s autonomy in choices about reproduction, and other critical matters on which the Democratic and Republican candidates for president will be sharply divided — is to help [Hillary] Clinton win our nomination early in the year. That way, she can focus on what we know will be a tough job: combating the flood of post-Citizens United right-wing money, in an atmosphere in which public skepticism about the effectiveness of public policy is high.” Read more.


Ellen Clegg is a member of the Globe staff. To suggest a publication or topic for review, e-mail ellen.clegg@globe.com.