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A glaring omission in the NFL’s approach to abuse

The NFL has appointed an all-white committee to update its policies on domestic abuse, despite the fact that two-thirds of the league’s players are black.

Why do you think voter turnout is low among blacks?

Because they think the people they vote for can’t win. — Maxine Fleming, Clerk, Brockton

No excuses for failure to vote

With a criminal justice system that is skewed against blacks and a city council with just one black member, blacks in Ferguson would do well to exercise their political power and vote.

Governor’s race wide open

While Massachusetts has consistently voted for Democrats in congressional and presidential races, voters have shown little party loyalty in gubernatorial races. With Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker running neck-and-neck, this year’s gubernatorial race could go either way.

Commentary: A challenge to parental discipline

Decades ago, standard equipment for an elementary school teacher in Boston was a rattan switch. Prescribing the rattan was a non-pharmaceutical remedy for ADHD.

What do you think is the importance of having integrated schools?

I think integration and diversity are good things. And the schools should have equal resources. We want our kids to excel and we have to give them the resources they need. — Thomas Flynt, Retired Court Officer, Roxbury

The red flag flies high again on prosecution in Brown slaying

The prosecution in the case of slain Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown seems unwilling to take steps necessary to win the case.

Equality still a challenge after 40 years of busing

Court-ordered desegregation was implemented in response to the longstanding unequal allocation of resources in Boston’s public schools.

Why do you think wages are so low in the United States?

Because workers accept it. If they would stand up, they could change things. — James Young, Retired, Roxbury

Fast food workers need a real break today

The Bureau of Labor Statistics in a wage survey found that fast food workers are the poorest paid of any workers in the country.

The math is simple: Entitlements decline with the growth of good-paying jobs

Many low-income workers are better off on public benefits that pay for housing, food, and health care than they are working a minimum wage job. A Harvard economist argues that allowing people to continue to collect benefits while employed would ...

Good news in the battle against poverty

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate for teens 15-19 years old has dropped from 57 percent in 1991 to 26 percent today. The decline in teen births has saved the government $12 billion ...

What do you think blacks should do to curtail police abuse?

We need an open dialogue with the police in our community, and we need to respect ourselves. The tone for our community today should be unity and love of self. — C1 Clifton Brathwaite, Political Consultant, Hyde Park

NCES data invokes urgent need for student-centered change

A majority of students in United States schools are now people of color, adding to the urgency of education reform.

Ferguson blacks reap consequences of failure to vote

Blacks make up nearly 70 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., yet there’s just one black person on the town’s board of selectmen and just three of the town’s 53 officers are black. Voter turnout among blacks in Ferguson ...

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