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Sons defend Ethel Rosenberg, Dowd defends Trump, and more

Ethel Rosenberg.AP/file 1951

Check out five opinions trending online, from the murders that don't get covered to survivors of Nagasaki.

Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg: Citing newly released grand jury testimony from 1950, Michael and Robert Meeropol call on President Obama to exonerate their mother, Ethel Rosenberg, who was executed as a spy. In a column for the New York Times, they write:

"Our mother was not a spy. The government held her life hostage to coerce our father to talk, and when that failed, it extracted false statements to secure her wrongful execution. The apparent rationale for such action — that national security demanded it during a time of international crisis — has disturbing implications in post-9/11 America. It is never too late to correct an egregious injustice. We call on the government to formally exonerate Ethel Rosenberg." Read more.


Dowd on Trump: In her column for the Sunday Review section in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd writes that she enjoys Donald Trump's "un-P.C." hyperbole and believes he adds to the presidential race.

"His policy ideas are ripped from the gut instead of the head. Still, he can be a catalyst, challenging his rivals where they need to be challenged and smoking them out, ripping off the facades they've constructed with their larcenous image makers." Read more.

Everyday carnage: April Saul, a photojournalist, is documenting "mundane" fatal shootings on the streets of Camden, N.J. Politico features her photos here.

"When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson a year ago, journalists from around the world beat a path to that troubled, rioting community to report on a deep, enduring racial divide in America. If only they'd been paying attention all along. It is a no-brainer for the media to step inside the black community to cover a shocking event like Ferguson. Harder to tell are the stories of the kids gunned down on the streets of our cities, where murder has become too mundane to be deemed newsworthy – but is no less heartbreaking than police brutality, and just as worthy of our understanding." Read more.


Nagasaki survivor remembers: Survivors of the atomic bomb blast in Nagasaki had no idea they had witnessed a nuclear attack, writes Mari Shibata in Medium. She interviewed Shigemi Fukahori, now 84, in Nagasaki.

"Fukuhori was inside a factory 3.4 kilometers away from the epicenter, where he had taken a day off from a Christian summer school when the atomic bomb had dropped. 'I survived the attack scarless precisely because I was inside a building in the shade, away from the sun,' he said. 'The same applies to my father, who survived because he was working at a weapons factory, which could withstand any kind of attack. But I never found the bodies of my mother, my two brothers and two sisters who were within less than 1 kilometer of epicenter; the war had forced them to study at home, which like all homes were made out of wood.' " Read more.

Nickel and dimed: Writer Barbara Ehrenreich, known for her coverage of income inequality in books like "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," calls out well-paid commentators for surface-skimming reporting on poverty. Here's an excerpt from her opinion column in the Guardian:

"If the pundits sometimes sound like the current Republican presidential candidates, this is not because there is a political conspiracy afoot. It's just what happens when the people who get to opine about inequality are drawn almost entirely from the top of the income distribution. And there have been few efforts focused on journalism about poverty and inequality, or aimed at supporting journalists who are themselves poor." Read more.


Ellen Clegg is Editorial Page editor of The Boston Globe. To suggest a publication or topic for review, e-mail ellen.clegg@globe.com.