Why do you think turnout is low for City Council elections in Boston?

I think people still think there’s too much machine politics in Boston. People don’t think voting someone new in will change things. — Stuart Spina, Researcher, Chelsea

Consistent voter turnout is key to building real political power

Although their numbers are in decline, Republicans have executed a strategy to maintain political power by dominating state politics, occupying the governorship in 31 states and controlling 28 legislatures. African American voters have gone to the polls in high numbers ...

The GOP debate and the other elephant in the room

The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

Why, in the age of cellphone videos, do you think police officers are still shooting unarmed blacks?

I don’t know why they do it. They’re just out of control. — Angela, Environmental Services, Roxbury

Holding police to a higher standard

Insulting, hostile and violent police supported by oppressive criminal justice systems have had a devastating impact on urban black communities. It is no wonder that the slogan “Black Lives Matter” has gained such acceptance and support.

The second deadly assault on Sandra Bland

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The “it” is the non-stop litany of veiled and not so veiled ...

To what extent do you think things have changed in the year since Michael Brown died in Ferguson, Missouri?

No. The same thing is happening. You look at the news, it’s still happening everywhere. Nothing has changed. - Sheila Hector, Caregiver, Roxbury

Conservative ideology strangles Social Security

Conservative opposition to government intervention in capital markets has hamstrung Social Security, barring the program from investing in U.S. or foreign corporations and limiting its capacity to earn interest.

The GOP “Ideology:” Cruelty as a political weapon

Donald Trump’s bully-boy behavior also revealed something far more worrisome than just his boundless ego and inability to counter in sophisticated fashion the criticism any presidential contender gets. It perfectly reflects what’s become the foundation of Republican Party politics at ...

Do you think America can win the war on drugs?

If the war is against the people, yes. If it’s against drugs, no. - Beloved, Teaching Assistant, Boston

Too much collateral damage in war on drugs

Despite the substantial expenditure of funds, it is estimated that no more than 10 percent of the illicit drug traffic is interdicted. There is an ongoing debate, about whether we have lost the war on drugs.

White racism costs whites, too

The fact that a call for change has followed the interracial protests of the last two years against questionable police killings of black and Hispanic Americans suggests that more and more whites and other people of color understand the “cost” ...

What do you think can be done to reduce the income gap?

Minimum wage should be at least $15 an hour. How can a man feed his family on $9 an hour? - Walter Farrell, Retired, Dorchester

Racial conflict obscures common concern over wealth

The Confederate flag was removed in Columbia on July 10, 2015. At that time the wealth and income disparity in America was as great as during the Great Depression of the 1930s and, with their greater population, the number of ...

US Export-Import Bank is a job creator

Ideologically-driven conservatives are opposed to the US Export-Import Bank, despite the bank’s record of helping small business while turning a profit.