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An unwarranted intrusion on parental rights

The National Football League has no right to require the players of any team to refrain from spanking their children for discipline. It was shocking to learn that the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has essentially ordered the Minnesota Vikings to ...

City must find a non-disruptive solution to homeless problem

The sudden closing of the city’s Long Island shelter has caused disruption in the lives of many of the city’s homeless. The city reportedly considered using a recently shuttered hospital in Roxbury as a temporary shelter.

Voting: A key step to full equality

Efforts to gain social and economic equality of whites will come to little if blacks don’t exercise their right to vote.

Another undeserved attack on an African American institution

A Boston Globe article highlighting the black-owned OneUnited Bank’s low Community Reinvestment Act score ignores the work the bank does investing the majority of its lending dollars in underserved urban areas.

Visionaries seeking affluence for the people

Charles Stith and Andrew Young worked with federal regulators to shore up community reinvestment regulations for banks, helping ensure the economic benefits of banking activity are more broadly shared in the United States.

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.

Ballot questions let voters legislate

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

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.

Be somebody: Register to vote

Everybody has equal say on Election Day.

America’s race sickness afflicts public health

Many Americans hold negative views of Obama Care, unless they don’t know they’re receiving it.

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.

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.

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 ...

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