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A Liberty University softball player wears a purple ribbon in her hair during a game against Tennessee at Liberty Softball Stadium in Lynchburg, Va., on April 27, to honor James Madison University sophomore catcher Lauren Bernett, who died by suicide.

Peer-to-peer model opens vital mental health dialogue among students

The prevalence of suicide is a public health crisis that tears at the fabric of our communities, and we need to employ and support every effective means of addressing it.

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A Bank of America branch in Boston.

State-owned bank would be a risky experiment

Proponents of a public bank rarely discuss the serious risks for taxpayers and municipalities. While no bank makes a loan expecting the borrower to default, unfortunately some loans are not repaid.

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0514letters archipoch/Adobe

A turf war brews as Baker sets sights on suburban zoning

Cities and towns need a balanced law that provides them with the authority to hold private developers accountable to affordability and make sure that projects don’t overwhelm existing neighborhoods.

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The US Supreme Court in Washington.

Hypocrisy, contradiction, middle ground, battleground in Roe debate

This is not a cause so much for panic as for an adjustment of strategy.

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The American flag flies at half-staff at the White House in Washington on May 12 as the Biden administration commemorates 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19.

Memorializing the pandemic

We need to honor those we mourn, the survivors, and the heroes with long-living (but low-maintenance) flowering trees that can provide ongoing beauty.

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In warming world, manicured lawn is no longer a thing of beauty

Fortunately, attitudes about lush green lawns are changing, though not fast enough.

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Bottled water is supplied where a fountain has been covered. Center School along with another in Stow had water fountains shut off and food prep moved in September 2019 after findings of elevated levels of PFAS chemicals.

Mass. agencies have led way on toxics in schools, but they need backing

The concept of toxics use reduction is simple, but doing it can get complicated, and some companies that sell toxic chemicals do what they can to resist the trend. People generally need a lot of help to do it right.

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Massachusetts tax revenues in April topped predictions by more than $2 billion, and at the State House, lawmakers are considering Governor Baker's tax-relief proposals.


 Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Mass. is flush with cash, so now what?

Let’s not waste this opportunity to make serious progress on big, long-range issues.