Letters

AG makes broad overreach in issuing gun law directive

“Healey’s directive to gun manufacturers and dealers is tantamount to new legislation, and it was submitted with insufficient notice, no hearing, and no vote.” — Jonathan Argov

Letters

Healey’s one-woman effort against assault weapons is a welcome step

“The fact that the effort was unilateral, without negotiation with the gun industry, is of little concern.” — Steve Kramer

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Law-abiding citizens lose when rules are imposed by fiat

“It is mistaken to respond to violence and terror by infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.” — JR Johnson

Letters

Consider how well Mass. system works before overhauling bail and pretrial statute

“We must ensure that any new bail procedure is at least as effective as the present system in getting defendants to appear for trial.” — James J. Foley

Letters

Wily slogans cut both ways

“All parties need to embrace government for what it does well and also embrace any alternative that better serves the public interest.” — Roger Wilson

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People within government work for all of us

“That’s the promise of our City upon a Hill — now and forever.” — Andrew L. Kalloch

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Victims of sexual assault should speak out

“Honest discussion about how sexual assault of all types affects women is the only way to turn attitudes around.” — Maureen Milliken

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Consider less expensive options to help with voting

“Governor Baker has determined that throwing money at the issue will simply not lead to increased voter turnout.” — Sean F. Flaherty

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Crusading is fine, but Hillary can get the job done

“If Bernie is the true crusader, Hillary Clinton is the true politician.” — Brian Karlsson-Barnes

Letters

Why are we divided on marijuana legalization?

“I’m perplexed that recent polls show a divided electorate on the question of legalization in my home state.” — Brian Collins

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Communities imperiled by congressional inaction on Zika funding

“For our community, Zika is more than an abstract budget line — it is a real threat.” — Dr. Alison Case

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From here to infinity: a grandson’s take on numbers

My grandson “innocently raised serious philosophical questions about . . . whether mathematics is invented or discovered.” — Ethan Bolker

Letters

In criminal justice reform, be sure pretrial tools are not blunt instruments

“Yes, Massachusetts needs reform, but pretrial risk assessment may be an area where going slowly will achieve a much better result.” — Randy Gioia

Letters

Presidential debates cry out for overhaul, starting with sponsorship

“Reform will never happen as long as the debates are organized and controlled by the two major parties and the broadcast media outlets.” — Dennis N. Ricci

Letters

Area’s ‘ugly nickname’ is not a path to a solution

“The catchphrase ‘Methadone Mile’ is not helpful as we search for solutions.” — Byron Rushing

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For chronic disease of addiction, methadone is a lifesaver

“Most people will get better, and the life-saving medications methadone and buprenorphine are the most effective pathway to recovery.” — Dr. Sarah Wakeman

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We can’t keep our distance — we must rush to aid those who are suffering

“I hope that our community will continue to turn attention to and exhibit bravery over the gravity of trauma and addiction.” — Billie Starks

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Demand outpaces supply all along the continuum of care

“With the growth of the population that is experiencing substance use disorders, we can see a clearer, more vivid picture of what’s happening around us.” — Annissa Essaibi-George

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Complaint against Walpole Chief of Police is without merit

“The complaint is without merit. He did not tell voters how he thought they shouldvote, nor did he misuse public funds.” — William G. Brooks

Letters

Christian, conservative, Republican — what about American?

“It would be a mistake to install a person who opposes fundamental American ideals a heartbeat away from the Presidency.” — Keith Backman

Letters

Public easement proposal goes too far

“William Galvin and the Massachusetts Historic District Commission are correct to object to allowing Beacon Hill developers the right to build window wells on the State House lawn.” — Frank J. Parker

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State House lawn belongs to all, and it shouldn’t be for sale

“What’s next, a yard sale of historic documents?” — Nancy Serventi

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Fairness for pregnant workers has added impact of preventing litigation

“Massachusetts should be the next state to realize the public health and economic benefits of ensuring basic fairness for pregnant workers.” — Dina Bakst and Phoebe Taubman

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Cost of free tuition would be outweighed by benefits

“This policy is indeed not free, but it should be good for the economy and for the taxpayer.” — John E. Hill

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After all this vitriol, victory in Nov. will not be sweet

“In this era of the end justifies the means, I urge Donald Trump and the Republican Party to rein in the rhetoric.” — Denny Freidenrich