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Don't miss the latest LOCAL EDITION: The BINJ Report from the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. This installment digs deep into developing local politics and the upcoming elections, and features Yawu Miller of the Bay State Banner ...

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

Letter to the editor: Eliminate stigma

Lazy terms like “Methadone Mile” negatively brand an entire neighborhood. Describing men and women as “addicts” reduces them to their health struggles.

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

Should Boston have a civilian review board to investigate allegations of police misconduct?

Yes. I don’t really feel the police can be trusted. History has proven it, and it’s still being proven today. — Roger Wanzo, Retired, Dorchester

Do you think Republicans will face consequences for the Trump administration’s cuts to the federal budget?

Do you think Republicans will face consequences for the Trump administration’s cuts to the federal budget?

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