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What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the next mayor?

The BPS budget. I don’t think it’s balanced right, especially with transportation. All kids should have access to a free T pass. School should be free. If you have to pay to get there, it’s not.

What do you think of football players kneeling during the national anthem?

I think it’s absolutely fine for them to protest. People are making too much of it. Imagine if there were a boycott and there were no black players. There wouldn’t be an NFL. — Arthur Collins, Educator, Roxbury

Are you planning on voting in the September 26 preliminary?

Yes. At this day and time, it’s very important. — Tony, Carpenter, Dorchester

What do you think it takes to make it in today’s economy?

Perseverance, ingenuity and collective work to change a rigged system.

What do you think would make Boston a better city?

Affordable housing. I feel like the community is changing and it’s become less diverse because there’s no affordable housing. People are moving to Brockton, Lynn, Attleboro. — Shantae White, Intern, Roxbury

Is America becoming more racist?

I think it’s the same as it’s been, but because Trump is president, people feel more comfortable now. — Bria Riddick, Hostess, Dorchester

What effect might next Saturday’s planned white supremacist rally have on Boston?

It could have a significant impact. We’re having a lot of issues as it is with our new president. We need to stand together and keep the peace. We don’t need that here. — Pearl Thomas, Disabled, Melrose

Do you think Donald Trump will serve out his full term?

I don’t think Trump will last. I think he’ll be impeached because of the emoluments clause. He’s enriching himself. He has no moral compass. — Zakiya Alake, Civil Rights Defender, Dorchester

What do you think of the turmoil in the Trump administration?

It’s affecting the integrity of America as a world power. We’re sliding down the scale. It’s an indication of how dumb people in this country are. — William Delove, Entrepreneur, Cambridge

What do you think are the most important issues facing Boston’s elected officials?

Housing. Affording housing for the residents of Boston. Not for the developers, for the residents. And education and jobs for the youth, so they can afford to pay rent. — Valerie Shelley, Resident Leader, Roxbury

Do you think Boston will ever overcome its legacy of racial inequality?

Yes. It would take the mutual cooperation of every inhabitant. — Veronica Nchuamu, Student, South End

What do you think it would take to make America truly great?

Admittance and acceptance of all the ways that America has hurt people, correcting the wrongs and making amends. — Sahar Lawrence, Community Engagement, Jamaica Plain

Do you think the city should provide safe injection sites for users to shoot up?

No. It’s a drug. People are addicted. It’s bad for public health. — Tony, Unemployed, Roxbury

What effect has the first six months of the Trump administration had on the United States?

He’s had a bad effect on everything. He’s the worst president we’ve ever, ever, ever had. — Tina Grimes, Unit Secretary, Dorchester

What do you think of the changes Boston is going through?

It’s progress, but for whom? There’s new ideas, different proposals. You ask why people are building in the community and they say ‘There’s nothing here.’ There’s an entire culture here that could be moved away. — Ayanna Warfield, Chef, Roxbury