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Mass. lawmaker will keep up the fight against wage theft

“I’m all too aware of the unethical, unsafe, and illicit practices that are pervasive throughout the Massachusetts economy and the construction industry in particular.” — Senator Sal DiDomenico

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Payroll costs are not main reason for UMass Boston’s budget woes

“Massachusetts has steadily cut funding to our public colleges and universities, . . . undermining our mission of providing affordable, quality higher education.” — Representatives of unionized faculty, staff, and graduate students at UMass Boston

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Boston’s residents lose as developers pay their way to projects’ approval

“We residents will pay in the long term as this landscape, Boston, becomes a city awash in multimillion-dollar condos.” — Greg Pitts

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Surviving domestic violence is a perilous journey

“I hear time and again that the moments when domestic violence victims begin to try to reclaim their lives are when they are in the most danger.” — Sharon Johnson

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Given specter of a Trump win, don’t wait for Election Day to stand and be counted

“If we do not take a stand against the Trump campaign, then we might wake up on Nov. 2 stunned.” — Liz Haywood-Sullivan

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When all you see in 2016 race is two evils, consider a third option

“Voters see both Clinton and Donald Trump as untrustworthy, unlikable, or both. I believe that Libertarian Gary Johnson is the best choice.” —

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What a relief — a nice, civil exchange among opposing voters

“Two things did not change — anyone’s decision on whom they would be supporting for president, and the friendships that were in place.” — Mike Lewis

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Media misstepped in making such a big deal of Clinton’s health

“The brouhaha her minor illness caused provided the perfect smoke screen for the media to blah blah about it for days.” — Helene Stein

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Trump’s bill of health is not what you could call clean

“Trump’s response to the recent news cycle about the candidates’ health was short on substance or any hard data, offering instead a plethora of self-congratulatory hyperbole and generalizations.” — Emily Fox-Kales

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Were 2012 Romney voters ‘deplorables’ too?

“Does this mean that half of the Romney supporters were deplorable? Has anyone asked Mitt his opinion?” — John Schroeder

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Mass. lawmakers should act on the best interests of pregnant workers

“Too many women are forced to choose between their job and a healthy pregnancy.” — Liz Friedman

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Artist’s own words underscore vandalized sculpture’s meaning

“I’m prompted to offer a line from my notes that . . . perhaps amplifies the significance of the childlike hands within the paired Stars of David.” — Maureen Brown

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A concession from Trump, and nothing more

“Donald Trump has neither the authority nor the gravitas to ‘declare’ anything about the legitimacy of our first African-American president.” — Cynthia Dye

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Powerful lobby does not speak for entire Mass. business community

“It is critical for forward-thinking business leaders to voice their opinions on public policies that will help all Massachusetts residents flourish.” — Senator Jamie Eldridge

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Too much attention to a non-news moment

Trump’s “statement that the sitting president was born in the United States is NOT newsworthy.” — Jane Allen

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Debate commission muzzles third-party voices

“This is not democracy. This is a corrupted system that needs a vast and radical overhaul.” — Ron Levin

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Give debate moderator power to kill the microphone

“The moderator would actually moderate the proceedings by controlling the microphones, which will not always be open.” — Robert Furey

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Congressman misses what’s at issue in probes into ExxonMobil

“As a scientist, and as a citizen, I’m appalled by Smith’s abuse of his power and his questionable justifications for it.” — James J. McCarthy

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Make America ‘great again’? Says who, and since when?

“Trump can’t be thinking about any period before the New Deal, which brought us into a modern society. So tell me: When was America as great as it is now?” — Martin Heyman

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Rosy report does not shoo away clouds looming over our economy

“How should today’s workers and students prepare for a future in which half of US jobs could be automated within the next two decades?” — David Brancazio

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Damaged Holocaust memorial is worst kind of insult

“It is my sincerest hope that whoever desecrated this symbol, dedicated to a helpless child, will understand the cruelty of their act.” — Sal Lombardi

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Critique of homework-free life bungles the assignment

“It is irresponsible to assume that all children would simply waste their free time after school if they had no homework.” — Michelle Walker

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Doing away with homework is foolhardy and irresponsible

“Assigning homework that is due on time teaches kids RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-DISCIPLINE, and ACCOUNTABILITY. Now? Apparently homework is ‘very destructive.’ ” — William D. Kickham

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Keep homework, but remove it from the grading process

“It seems unfair to penalize kids from homes that are unsupportive, or worse, over how much homework they produce.” — David Amirault

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Pilgrim committed to safe, reliable operation through 2019 shutdown

“If it were not safe, we would not operate the plant, and the NRC would not allow us to.” — John Dent