letters | debating punishment

Whatever the end result, justice has been served

“I believe that conducting the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial itself, regardless of final sentencing, has established that justice has generously been served.” — Nabeel Khudairi

letters | debating punishment

Students tackle life-or-death justice issue

“These young people reminded me that compassion is not only humane, but logical, and maybe even innate.” — Maile Black

letters | debating punishment

Tsarnaev’s mind could be seen in entirely different light

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense has portrayed him as less culpable by reason of his youth and deference to his older brother. Perhaps we are looking at all this backward.” — Megan Brook

letters | debating punishment

Only appropriate punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is death

“The only punishment that would provide genuine closure for this horrific act would be to remove the perpetrator from this world.” — Cheryl Mavrikos

letters | debating punishment

In seeking vengeance, who are we to blot out a life?

“The issue is not whether the convicted has the right to live; the issue is: Who are we, as a community, to engage in state-sanctioned killing?” — Robert M. Thomas Jr.

letters | debating punishment

Richard family right in seeking end to death-penalty bid

“I am grateful to Martin Richard’s family for having the courage to ask the Department of Justice to end this now.” — Angela Sarno

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We can’t keep watching US slide down social progress index

“The extent to which our performance in important social metrics has declined should shock us all.” — Paul J. Harrington

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Recovering patients beset by battles with insurers

“Apparently nothing has changed in two decades.”— Steven Hirsch

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State’s data-deprived criminal justice system imperils public safety

“With more good reporting . . . the Globe can help demonstrate the connection between modern criminal justice technology and enhanced public safety.” — Benjamin Forman

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Issues in cancer fight are different for children

“Childhood cancer . . . is overwhelmingly the result of genetic accidents, not environmental or behavioral factors.” — Dr. Lisa Diller

letters | a world of danger

We have reasons to fear our enemies

“It’s time for some of our academics to get out in the world more.” — Lynn Engle

letters | a world of danger

Nuclear weapons are the true threat

“The sad truth is that today the United States is planning to spend $1 trillion on upgrading a nuclear arsenal that dwarfs all the others in the world.” — Sayre Sheldon

letters | a world of danger

Trumped-up threats put us on militaristic path

“One might think that selling the case that ISIS or, in 2003, Iraq really posed a threat to the world’s largest military would be comical, but it’s not.” — Robert Soderholm

letters | a world of danger

Ask Iran’s and Russia’s neighbors if they feel world is threat-free

“Those who must live with the would-be architects of revived imperial glory . . . apparently don’t share [Stephen] Kinzer’s belief that enemies can be redefined or wished away.” — Michael Smith

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Vt. could take cue from Mass. on fighting prescription drug abuse

“Increasing access to abuse-deterrent medications can play an important role in reversing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.” — Marcia Lee Taylor

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Indictment of India’s rape culture ignores spirited protests

“By ignoring the unprecedented levels of protest in India, [Heather] Dande’s opinion piece benefits the antidemocratic agenda of the government and the police.” — Kalpana R. Seshadri

letters | Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

Wall ornament for former NFL star’s life sentence

“I believe [Aaron Hernandez’s] helmet should be hung in his cell so he can look at it daily and realize what he gave up over what he did.” — Roger A. Hutchings

letters | Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

A host of factors played role in football star’s fall

From the loss of his father to character defects, there were several factors that caused Aaron Hernandez to go wrong. — Kenneth L. Zimmerman

letters | Aaron Hernandez found guilty of murder

The big name in this trial was Odin Lloyd

“Aaron Hernandez should get none of our attention.” — Natalie Rosen

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RCC president is not the visionary the school needs

Roxbury Community College president Valerie Roberson “is a fiscal functionary.” — Tom Macdonald

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The political left and right are two sides of the same tarnished coin

“Calls for a false and degraded “middle ground” miss the point of everything that has transpired.” — James Taff

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In clash of biotech chief and investor, patients’ lives hang in the balance

“Having a dedicated doctor and scientist at the helm is what helps guarantee that the real worth of the company’s drugs.” — Dr. Susan C. Vaughan

letters | Harvard wrestles with issue of divestment

Harvard president sidesteps the divestment issue

“Shouldn’t the university be counted on to do the right thing with its enormous wealth?” — Robert Case

letters | Harvard wrestles with issue of divestment

Shedding fossil fuel stocks would cut into endowments

“A university’s decision to divest its endowments from fossil fuels comes with costly consequences for students and research.” — Jeff Eshelman

letters | the olympic push — and pull

John Fish’s classroom visit provided a lesson in making a strong pitch

The Boston 2024 chairman’s “interaction with 14 graduate students . . . in my real estate development class was nearly perfect.” — Frank J. Parker