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In inaugural address, Trump trashes the nation he will lead

“America is now my country, and Americans are my people. Yet I recognize neither in the president’s inaugural address.” — Janna Kaplan

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What plays well to public may not benefit them in long run

“ ‘America first’ is a bumper sticker, not a practical, nuanced governing principle.” — Ken Derow

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Get over it, Democrats — voters rejected your tired liberalism

“Democrats are showing that not only do they not know how to win, but they also don’t know how to lose.” — Jim Blackburn

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Marches were a demonstration, in truest sense of the word

“Never, in my lifetime, has there been a counter-inauguration phenomenon like this one.” — Daniel P. B. Smith

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Demonstrators had seen enough long before Inauguration Day

“Trump had already screwed up as president-elect — with his Cabinet appointments.” — Steve Moniak

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Trump loses popularity contest — twice

“I just wanted to respond to President Trump’s question, ‘Why didn’t these people vote?’ ” — Nancy Maxwell

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We can’t go back to dark ages of American health care

“Many people without insurance are reluctant to walk into an emergency room unless they feel deathly ill, which can result in far worse outcomes.” — Bill Walczak

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Woman who fled may have been found, but ‘shroud’ still hangs

“While I don’t doubt that Russell Yates yearned to see his daughters, I’m not so sure the ‘shroud’ has been lifted.” — Christine Ostrow

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It’ll take some 2020 foresight to survive next four years

“Give us strong, smart, principled, viable candidates from BOTH sides to choose from in 2020.” — Sue Hoy

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On Inauguration Day, you went low with demeaning cartoon

“You felt the need to devote one-quarter of your editorial pages to going dark, low, and demeaning with Ward Sutton’s predictable cartoon?” — Joe Roller

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In this new era, an old word could make its way back from disuse

“We may need to resurrect one of those disused words, which describes showy but worthless nonsense, or trickery.” — Eric Sosman

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Trump’s foes accept reality — in fact, they’re meeting it with activism

“It is because we accept that Trump won the election that we have to mobilize to protect the vulnerable.” — Wendy deLemos

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Trump’s Cabinet picks are refreshing

“Why not give our elected president a vote of hope and confidence, for a change?” — Jeff Benrimo

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Program hits home in targeting addicts and their children

“The number of children affected by parental substance use disorders in the United States has more than doubled.” — Shelley Steenrod

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Government funding for research has to take long view

“Criticizing early-stage scientific projects is hardly the way to manage the federal budget.” — Edwin Andrews

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Ignore the trolls — Price is a keeper for Red Sox

“This lifelong Red Sox fan has seen great players come and go . . . and considers [David] Price to be a valuable asset to the team.” — Larry Kennedy

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President Trump deserves respect, not scorn

“Who exactly is on edge over Donald Trump’s tweets? I’m not. People who support him are not.” — Mike Schipani

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The truth lies somewhere amid polarized media

“I’m not that hopeful that President Trump will, in fact, be great. I do know Obama hasn’t been.” — Stephen R. Tarbell

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It’s a stretch to read ‘hope’ into Trump’s nod to black community

“There is nothing in Trump’s past on which such far-reaching interpretations of his words can be based.” — S. Robins

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This girl applauds the Women’s March

“I see it as an opportunity for women to inspire every teenage girl who has to face the uncertainty of her equality for the very first time.” — Rose Blackwell

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Democrats who sat out inaugural address didn’t miss much

“Trump gave a predictable rehash of a campaign rally speech aimed squarely at what he called his ‘movement.’ ” — Nelson Checkoway

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Challenges of ART theater school and its students call for a wider discussion

“We hope that this discussion can illuminate the intrinsic value of the arts in the community and in the economy.” — Marissa Friedman and Sara Brookner

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In view of election losers and winners, reader takes another swing at baseball analogy

“Trump is not an honorable man. I applaud the representatives and others who decline to honor the man.” — Paul Sawyer

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She wants to see Mass. delegation in attendance at inauguration

“I want our leaders to be present and counted at the inauguration, to figure out how they are going to work on behalf of the Commonwealth.” — Maria Mackavey

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Boycotting the ceremony is only right given how low Trump has gone

“Attending Trump’s inauguration legitimizes the actions he took to gain the office of president.” — Rick Schrenker