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Every vote counts

In every major political campaign citizens encourage their friends and neighbors to vote. Those with an unclear understanding of the significance of the electorate in a democracy are often less committed to show up at the polls.

Why Hillary is right to back a recount, but...

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is right to back a vote recount in the three states — Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — that gave Trump the White House. But there’s a big “but” after that.

A loss of national unity

Political conflict still persists between those supporting Donald Trump and those who voted for Hillary Clinton. After a heated election for U.S. president, the ideal conclusion is for the spirit of national unity to prevail, but with so many unresolved ...

What do you think the city can do to make housing more affordable?

I think they should make more Section 8 certificates available. And they should bring back rent control. There’s a majority of people who can’t afford to live here. — Shirley Burton, Bus Monitor, Dorchester

Sessions is the most glaring proof of the folly of shunning Clinton

The list of the major votes of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions took against civil rights issues is long. His votes earned him a 0 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign, a 7 percent rating from the NAACP and a ...

Attacks on the culture of democracy

Trump wants to reduce the U.S. to a banana republic with family members employed in the government and business meetings held in the Oval Office. So far there has been little public protest.

Thanksgiving: An affirmation of family

Thanksgiving is a good time to consider the obstacles Americans have overcome to preserve the sanctity of family.

Why do you think whites voted for Donald Trump?

Race trumps all. This election was a referendum on race. They want our country back. — Ron Armstead, Retired, Roxbury

Ballot Question 2: A missed opportunity

The right to expand for charter schools in Massachusetts has been defeated at the polls. Black residents in Boston have been deceived when considering Question 2 into believing that although charter schools have elevated the level of academic achievement of ...

Something less than a democracy

We live in a different country now — one in which the claim of “American exceptionalism” is no longer valid; one in which the white majority has repudiated the idea of democratic pluralism in favor of re-establishing a pecking order ...

Trump victory spells stormy days ahead

The Great Recession has eroded the middle class and induced whites without a college education and with little future to vote for Trump, 67-28 percent. They wanted to “Make America Great Again,” as Trump implored with his slogan. That alone ...

What do you think America will be like with Trump as president?

As racist as it ever was. He’ll be taking us back to the Jim Crow era. — Val Hyman, Retired, Roxbury

We need more sunlight — getting our candidates to answer core questions on government secrecy and our right to know

Less than one-third of Americans view elected officials as “honest,” and a lack of transparency lies at the core of this distrust. Government secrecy has been a driving force behind many of the most salient political issues in this election ...

America’s status needs rebuilding

Americans have just elected a new president, yet many citizens are skeptical about the nation’s future. The problems that have plagued the country for decades still persist. Racial conflicts and income disparities are in the forefront of issues adversely affecting ...

What do you think it will take to heal the divisions in American society?

People need to heal and be kind and respectful of each other. — Monique Davis, Higher Ed, Roxbury

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