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They have earned place on the stage

Re “Clintons aren’t going away just yet” by Annie Linskey and Jess Bidgood (Page A1, Oct. 11): Why should the Clintons go anywhere? If a two-term president and a successful secretary of state and 2016 nominee for president with more votes than any other candidate in history (that we know of; given the level of interference, the 3 million-vote margin could have been even greater) want to go on a speaking tour, what of it? If anyone doesn’t want to hear what they have to say, there’s a simple solution: Don’t buy a ticket.

The snark and the inclusion of quotes from people like Orrin Hatch — who defended both Rob Porter and Brett Kavanaugh, and told women who shared their stories of sexual assault to “grow up” — are beneath the standards of the Globe.

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If this is an attempt to prove that the Globe is fair and balanced, then I have a news flash for you. There are no longer two sides to every story. There is right and there is wrong; there is truth and there are lies — so, so many lies. I desperately hope that the Globe will stay on the side of truth and on the side of right.

Cheryl Byrne

Marblehead

Couple would have stronger impact behind the scenes

I certainly didn’t think I’d be agreeing with Senator Orrin Hatch any time soon, but he’s correct when he says, “The Clintons don’t know when to shut up.”

However, while I wouldn’t say I am anxious for them to “go away” just yet, I’d hope they would refrain from parading about and promoting themselves on a big stage.

If they truly love our country and the Democratic Party, they could be instrumental in helping and contributing to both by convening, behind the scenes, forums where “big tent” viewpoints on the critical issues of the day could be discussed and debated. Ideally, such forums would attract independents as well as moderate and progressive Democrats. The goal would be to break ground for common-sense future legislation and a down-to-earth but forward-looking Democratic platform that could resonate with candidates in all regions of our country.

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Elizabeth Bjorkman

Lexington

They have no place in #MeToo moment

I am certain that I am not alone in wishing that Hillary Clinton would walk away from an opportunity to comment on any #MeToo moment. As the avatar of enabling, neither she nor — may God forbid — Bill have any business weighing in on the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. Or anyone else.

It was hard enough supporting her in 2016 as the lesser of two liars, but there is a time to retire. I ask of both of them: Please do.

Betsy Pye

New Bedford