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Are you planning on voting in next week’s election?

Yes. I think it’s important for our voices to be heard. We can make a difference. We need a lot of positive changes in this community. — Shea Briscoe, Claims Analyst, Dorchester

The school to prison pipeline is in higher gear than ever

The focus has been intense on the wildly disproportionate number of black students who are suspended or expelled from America’s public schools. But what has flown quietly under the radar is the even more wildly disproportionate number of black students ...

Beyond race and gender

This year’s statewide election features a gender-diverse pool of candidates for constitutional offices.

Stay at the top of the political game

With higher-than average turnout numbers in recent elections, blacks have become a major force in Boston politics. High turnout in black communities could determine the outcome of the 2014 statewide election.

What do you think should be the top priority of the next governor of Massachusetts?

Health care and education. I think it’s very important for people to have health care and to be able to have an education the enables people to be the best they can be. — Lascene Nappier, Teacher, Roxbury

Republican ploy to blame Ebola on Obama backfires

Earl Ofari Hutchinson explores the GOP take on Ebola.

Ballot questions let voters legislate

The Banner weighs in on the four questions on the 2014 Massachusetts ballot.

What do you think should be done to improve police relations with the community?

Everybody should be more responsible for their actions — police and community residents need to be more respectful and more responsible. — Yusuf Ali, Counselor, Dorchester

Unemployment stats paint a dangerously incomplete picture

While U.S. unemployment figures are trending downward, the government’s failure to take into account increases in those not looking for work masks a more troubling trend.

No stop-and-frisk without probable cause to arrest

Barring police from stopping and searching people unless they have probable cause to arrest would go a long way toward bettering relations between the department and the community.

To what extent do you think racial profiling is an issue in Boston?

On a scale of one to ten, I’d say about a six. Students talk to me all the time about getting stopped and searched. — Nate Smith, Teacher, Roslindale

Secret Service bungles underscore the never ending peril to President Obama

President Obama has received numerous threats that are showing flaws in the Secret Service.

Be somebody: Register to vote

Everybody has equal say on Election Day.

What do you think should be the U.S. response to the Islamic State’s military aggression?

We’ve already got involved. There has to be some type of transition to local militaries. — Darren Howell, Community Organizer, Mattapan

Eric Holder was our firewall against GOP bigotry

Columnist Earl Ofari Hutchinson argues that outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder took progressive stands on key issues where President Obama was not able to.

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