A president’s conflicts cannot be untangled by statute

 Boston Globe Inbox  There is a reason that the president is not subject to the federal conflicts-of-interest statute. The qualifications for assuming the presidency are set forth in the Constitution, as are the powers that the president may exercise (“The White House is not just another asset,’’ Editorial, Jan. 16). They may not be modified…

Hillary should refuse to debate Donald

[Note: A shorter modified version of this post appeared as a Letter to the Editor, Boston Globe,May 14, 2016] The road to 270 electoral votes on the map shows an advantage to a generic Democrat over a generic Republican, mainly because Democrats have the edge in former swing states where the minority population is growing fast. Of…

Scalia’s Posthumous Critics

Boston Globe Letter, February 29, 2016 On the day of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral, the Globe published four letters about him, all critical (“The Scalia way,’’ Readers’ Forum, Feb. 20). They objected to the policy consequences of his decisions, alleged that he applied religious beliefs to his decisions and failed to interpret the…

Apology in order-but not to House Speaker

Boston Globe letter, January 19, 2016 HOUSE SPEAKER Robert DeLeo has demanded that the Globe apologize for comparing the House of Representatives in Massachusetts to a plantation (“On Beacon Hill, a challenging year ahead,” Capital, Jan. 8). The Globe should apologize — to plantation owners. Brian R. Merrick West Barnstable

Diversity in the Boardroom

Boston Globe letter, December 24, 2015 “Diversity in the board room” (Editorial, Dec. 22) seems a good thing, but State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg should not be using “the Commonwealth’s $61 billion pension fund to make a stand on corporate diversity. She has a fiduciary duty to protect the value and security of the pension fund…

Remaking our world, if only by degrees

Boston Globe letters, December 6, 2015 LETTERS | HARVARD RETHINKS ITS SYMBOLS DECEMBER 06, 2015 HARVARD IS dropping the title “house master” for student residence supervisors. So what will replace its master’s degree? Brian R. Merrick, West Barnstable

Throw money at obesity

Boston Globe letter, September 21, 2015 THE HEADLINE of Joanna Weiss’s Sept. 11 opinion column — “Politicians are needed to help end the obesity crisis” — highlights its essential flaw. So, what’s the solution she wants to see? New taxes? New subsidies? More politicians, guided by their contributors and lobbyists, picking economic winners and losers?…

Trump & Silber – No Comparison

Boston Globe letter, August 27, 2015 JOHN SILBER certainly had a memorably acerbic and ear-catching style of expression, but Scot Lehigh is wrong to equate him to Donald Trump (“Donald Trump is John Silber Redux,” Opinion, Aug. 26). Silber’s often colorful comments were grounded in a well thought out philosophy. Trump is a bombastic blowhard…