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What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for being alive today. I still have my parents. And I’m thankful that the chaos going on in other countries isn’t happening here. — Rafael Putiel, Driver, Roxbury

What do you think should be the United States’ response to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last week?

What do you think should be the United States’ response to the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut last week?

What do you think has been the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement?

It’s increased awareness of a longstanding problem. It’s more out in the open with cell phone cameras and videos. — Stephen Spencer, Outreach Counselor, Roxbury

What do you think of the Republican presidential candidates?

I don’t think they have a platform that suits the needs of the majority of people in America. I’m not impressed with any of them. — Kim Janey, Senior Project Director, Roxbury

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

No, because the system is rigged. — Talieka Young, Bus Driver, Oak Bluffs

What are the most important issues facing the City Council?

Housing is the number one issue. There are folks being priced out of the city. The council has to come up with a way for people to stay here. — Woody Vainqueur, Activist, Roxbury

How does the cost of health care affect you?

I’m insured by my job. I’m lucky. It comes out of my check, but I’m fully covered. — Molly Tucker, Membership Services, Allston

What do you think can be done to prevent mass shootings like the one in Oregon last week?

I think everyone should get together, protest and pray. We need more peace. We need unity. — Patricia Robinson, Housewife, South End

How does the cost of housing in Boston affect you?

It’s too high. I spend less time with family and more time working to keep our home. — Robert Caldwell, Construction, Roxbury

What do you think should be done to stop police abuse of blacks?

I think it’s really going to take body cameras, reform in the justice system and more civilian oversight. — Ginette Powell, Gifts Coordinator, Upham’s Corner

Why do you think Donald Trump is doing so well with Republican voters?

It’s because he’s different. He’s speaking his mind, unscripted. — Mike Raines, Security, Grove Hall

What do you think children need most to succeed in school?

Kids require support from home and good time management. They need to be encouraged and shown an example of what good, hard work looks like. And they need love from their parents. — Marvin Venay, Designer, Roxbury

Why do you think the minimum wage is so low?

They’re trying to see how little they can get away with paying. They squeeze people until they can’t take it anymore. — Sirad Zahra, Yoga Instructor, Roxbury

What do you think are the most important issues the next president of the United States will face?

Jobs and the economy. And cops. There’s too many cops shooting black kids and getting away with it. That’s the number one issue. — Rafael Puntiel, Driver, Roxbury

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