Community Voices


Has America made any progress on the issue of police profiling?

Very little. We still have a lot of prejudice. I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would be disappointed.

What do you think is the importance of the race for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office?

People need to know how important it is to have a candidate who can lead and bring people together. Greg Henning has that experience. He’s an honest person.

What do you think it would take for Democrats to regain the majority in Congress?

Activate the black millennial vote. Black millennials are the future of the Democratic Party. We were very active during Obama’s first and second term. They need to keep us that way.

Do you think Trump’s presidency will survive through his first term?

Maybe. They may not get him, but they’re getting everyone around him. They’ve made too many mistakes, starting with collusion with the Russians.

What do you think of President Trump’s suggestion that drug dealers should face the death penalty?

We’re not that type of society. Drug dealers should be put in jail.

What do you think of the U.S. war in Afghanistan?

It has to do with oil. It’s a coverup. The U.S. always has a way of getting in other people’s business.

What in your life are you thankful for?

I’m grateful to be alive. The president might be the biggest jerk in the world, but I’m alive. — Ron Simpkins, Retired, Framingham

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This Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14, 14 up-and-comers in the Boston area will take the stage alongside the likes of Mike Bloomberg, Fidelity’s Abby Johnson, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Vice Chairman Anne Finucane, Malcolm Gladwell, Atul Gawande and ...

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Shortages plague Puerto Rico after Maria

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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 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