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Bryan Cranston and the casting question: Whose role is it anyway?

Jeff Jacoby’s defense of Bryan Cranston’s casting as a quadriplegic in “The Upside” generated a wide range of views from readers.

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Mass. urged to renew its commitment to adult education

“We encourage the Commonwealth to continue its commitment to . . . assist more adults in gaining the skills they need to join the workforce.”

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Gillette sends a message, to men, about men

Christopher Muther struck a chord with readers in addressing the backlash against Gillette’s recent ad.

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Letter from a furloughed employee: To end this shutdown, we all should feel its effects

“The entirety of federal government operations should cease to function, or truly shut down, during a lapse in appropriations.”

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Catholic Church is due for constructive criticism

Two readers defend Garry Wills’s opinion piece after two previous letters took it to task.

Government stalemate is indeed a matter of life and death

“Ask a patient with malignancy or some other life-threatening illness who is waiting for a miracle from new drug development.”

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Our roads are barely suitable for bikes, let alone bike lanes

“Bike lanes would be great, but until we can fund the basics of safe roads, they are a luxury.”

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In the end of a pregnancy, the start of a conversation

One woman’s account of the end of her pregnancy raises awareness in readers of the importance of abortion rights.

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Mueller report may not have impact many desire

“The only viable and realistic check on President Donald Trump is the voting public.”

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If Trump is implicated in a crime, Congress must act

“Not since the Civil War has there been as serious a threat to the structure of our government, as it was envisioned by the Framers.”

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Regarding the wall: It’s your move, Congress

As Donald Trump stands firm, some look to Congress to break the logjam over border security.

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Advice for new congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez: First, watch and learn

“She may have learned the social media part of a politician’s job brilliantly, but that still leaves a lot for her to learn.”

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Baker sends a poor message with veto over fire-retardants

“Governor Baker has settled for me any question of whether he is a real Republican.”

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Mass. film tax credits are drawing scrutiny

The state issued nearly $90 million in film tax subsidies in 2016, leading some to take a hard look at how well the program is working.

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Making a mountain out of a border wall

As the government shutdown drags on, the president’s efforts to shift blame meet with resistance.

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The place of the priesthood

Readers object to Garry Wills’s op-ed questioning the very notion of priests.

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Democrats, beware — popular support of single-payer health care is overstated

“Whether it’s called Medicare for all or single payer, the plan would require a major increase in taxes.”

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Our precious pastime: crosswords

Alex Beam meditates on the time we supposedly waste doing these puzzles. Readers say: Hand me that pencil.

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GOP must rein in Trump’s bullying tactics, for good of country

“Yet a large majority of Republican senators continue to bow to his will.”

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Runaway drug costs leave too many people behind

“Access to life-saving prescription drugs for diseases such as cystic fibrosis should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few.”

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In Spacey assault case, Nantucket bar is due for some scrutiny

“No one has asked how it is that the Club Car bar served ‘between eight and 10 drinks in the span of about 70 minutes’ to one of its customers.”

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Flashlight? Check. Jumper cables? Check. Puffy coat? Check.

“My puffy coat takes up residence in the back seat of my car, along with boots, mittens, and a crocheted hat, for the duration of the winter.”

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Democrats will have to confront the likability issue

“Whether we talk about it or not, the Democrats could have a problem if they nominate someone people just don’t like.”

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In a city priced out of reach, it follows that dorms have gone upscale

“Drawn by bells and whistles over nuts and bolts, students and their parents have only themselves to blame for the price tag.”

Likability, electability, ability: The case for — and against — Elizabeth Warren

Without even formally announcing her candidacy for president, Elizabeth Warren has everyone talking about 2020.