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Third-grader Miyasha Young wears a mask during summer school at the Horace Mann School in Salem in this August file photo.

Baker is misguided in easing rule on masks in schools

The vaccines offer strong protection, but breakthrough infections and COVID-related deaths show that they are not a magic shield.

A dedicated bus lane circles a rotary at Sweetser Circle in Everett in this October 2020 file photo.

Dedicate more street space to bus lanes and less to car storage

Reducing the space and resources we pour into subsidizing car storage is just part of the equation. We need to provide reliable, affordable transit to all corners of Greater Boston.

Boston City Hall on Sept. 10.

Heat rises in Boston City Council race

Two views from our readers, one over a disturbing campaign flier, the other over a candidate's voting record.


Lawmakers could boost mental health services by easing way for school counselors to help

Our current therapist pool is exhausted, overworked, and unable to meet the continued outsize demand for new referrals. The next pandemic is the looming mental health impact of this neglect.

Mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George (left) was accompanied her mother, Barbara Essaibi (right), and Mary Walsh (center), mother of former Boston mayor Marty Walsh, to an early-voting location at the Perkins Community Center in Boston on Sept. 9.

The Boston accent: political tool or just the way some people talk?

Making a blanket statement implying that my accent is "a tangible emblem of kinship for older white voters" is horrifying.

Boston Red Sox right fielder Hunter Renfroe watches as a ground rule double hit by Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier bounces and goes into the bullpen, saving a run in the 13th inning. The Sox went on to win Game 3 of the ALDS Oct. 10 at Fenway Park in the bottom of the inning.

With Curse broken, a new spell is cast over Fenway

The "10th man" on Fenway’s October heath uses a broom, not a bat, to sweep opposing teams.

A nip was left on the ground on Washington Street in Roxbury in this October 2013 file photo.

A better bottle bill is within reach

Expanding this bill would give us the opportunity to improve upon our existing recycling system and take more responsibility for our waste.

Anthony Bocchino, a past commander of North End Post 144 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, saluted as the Columbus Day Parade went by in the North End in this 2011 file photo.

Cast Columbus aside, but don’t overlook perseverance of early Italian Americans

Now think of today’s so-called patriots screaming that immigrants crossing the southern border will never fit in and will change America. Italians brave enough to make the trek here were treated the same in their day.