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Guess who Sessions’ war on drugs will target?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it official. The federal government will now reboot its war on drugs. The official word came down in the form of memos from Sessions that ordered federal prosecutors to cease and desist on the soft ...

Blacks oppose monuments to the seditious Confederacy

From the black perspective monuments to Confederate generals stand for white supremacy. It is absurd for white protesters to expect that blacks, who are in the majority, would continue to tolerate the existence of the symbols of their oppression and ...

Do you think Donald Trump will be impeached?

Yes. One way or another he’s going out. Too much conflict. Too much lying. — Lillian O’Neal, Poet, Jamaica Plain

The unintended consequences of hate

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 867 hate incidents in the ten days after Trump’s win in November. The advocacy group South Asians Leading Together (SAALT) put out a report in January that documented 207 hate incidents ...

House tax plan does not stop the gaming

There is no economic justification behind the special treatment of multinationals. We should also tighten rules to prohibit inversions and ensure companies are playing by the rules by publicly reporting — country-by-country — their profits, taxes paid, and certain operations. ...

No easy explanation for Fenway Park racism

Boston has to work to change its culture. The “City on a Hill” must have a metropolitan demeanor in order to sustain its lofty reputation. But there must be some considerable effort to identify the causes of the mindless white ...

What do you think is the importance of public transportation?

Jobs are often located in parts of the city where there’s traffic and no parking. People need to get to those jobs. — Paul Holmes, IT Consultant, Cambridge

The worst presidential 100 days ever

Trump, number 45, got one thing right about the media-hyped, first-hundred-days presidential measuring stick. It’s a silly measure. In fact, presidents from John F. Kennedy to Obama have derided the hundred-day fetish and correctly noted that the far better to ...

A bad tradeoff

Patriot’s Day is a major holiday in Massachusetts. It is a celebration of the beginning of America’s Revolutionary War against Britain. Every year a rider impersonating William Dawes rides a horse from Eliot Square in Roxbury to warn the residents ...

Do you think Americans should have the right to own handguns?

No. There are too many weapons. Too many people dying. — Roland English, Unemployed, South End

O’Reilly got the boot for being a sexual reprobate, but not for being anti-black

Routine racist slurs before millions of viewers also should be instant cause for an O’Reilly to be jerked from the air. This wasn’t the case, and it reinforces the age-old line that a rich, white guy can say whatever he ...

Talk is cheap: Police killings require substantive changes

What manner of conversation will modify unpleasant attitudes that have become part of the American culture? The problems facing the nation cannot be overcome with mild pleasantries. If whites learn to understand that black lives matter, perhaps they can also ...

Do you think Boston is becoming a better city?

That’s a loaded question. Based on studies and statistics, I’d say no. There’s greater disparities than in the past. People are advocating for their communities, but people aren’t finding jobs or housing here. — Robyn Gibson, Consultant, Mattapan

Free college tuition: An idea whose time has come

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities. This was attacked by conservatives as unrealistically expensive. However, public colleges in California and City College of New York had once been ...

Why the friendly skies aren’t so friendly to the Dr. David Daos

Louisville MD David Dao has so far taken the high road in the furor over his getting mauled, manhandled, and then summarily booted from a United Airlines flight. He has expressed thanks and appreciation to the thousands who have cheered ...

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