‘A Mother Simply Cannot Win’

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Pandora in Texas, reacting to an article about the physical, psychological and social changes a woman endures after giving birth.

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Trump Fires Comey

2. We had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now we are having the ‘Saturday Night Live’ Massacre.

Brodston in Grena, Nebraska, reacting to an article about the firing of Mr. Comey. Comparisons were drawn to the Watergate investigation under President Richard Nixon and Trump’s career in reality television.


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3. Excellent. Now the FBI can finally investigate Hillary Clinton. Great leadership shown by our president and his administration.

Jeff Yepsen on The New York Times’s Facebook page.

School Choice

4. It is nauseating to read headlines about schools not “delivering” results. Love and care comes from OUR love and care. You can’t order it like a pizza.


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Aaron Paul in Michigan, reacting to an article about the New York City high school admissions process, which was designed to allow every student to choose a well-performing school but which in practice has had many shortcomings.

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Open Marriage

5. My wife and I love each other dearly and we’re extremely happy. We have all the same little silly arguments about stupid stuff that everyone else does, but we’re great at resolving conflict and treating each other with respect, empathy and affection. I shudder at the thought of living my life without my beautiful wife by my side. The fact that we occasionally sleep with our friends doesn’t change any of that.

Jake White on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about nonmonogamous couples.


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French Election Hacking

6. France’s final round of the presidential campaign lasted less than a month. Our campaigns grind on for two years, leaving ample time for mischief and lying. Russia had a much smaller window with France. The seeds didn’t have time to grow.

Ker in New York, reacting to an article about the relatively minimal repercussions of a “massive” hacking into Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign.

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Playing Against, and Beating, the Boys

7. I’m so proud of these girls. But I’m also proud of the boys who took the loss with grace and class. I’m glad that the league decided that the solution to losing and protecting your child’s confidence wasn’t to limit competition; instead, they decided to get better.

Curtis Sumpter in New York, reacting to an article about a girls’ soccer team in Spain that competes against boys’ teams and defeated 13 of them for a junior regional title.


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Ben Platt’s Performance in “Dear Evan Hansen”

8. My kids knew Ben Platt from their days at a camp in California where he was a camp counselor. They insisted we go to this play and — WOW — it was an amazing experience. Teenagers loved it and related to the social media parts. Parents loved it and related to the Mom’s song in the second half. Not a dry eye in the theater. In fact, I distinctly heard sobbing.

Dana Giese Sacks on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to a profile of the actor Ben Platt, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.”


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Los Angeles Food Scene Takes Off

9. The real beauty and strength behind L.A.’s restaurant scene isn’t some photogenic white girls cooking really expensive Middle Eastern-inspired food or even a well conceived dining experience like Salazar. It’s the chefs — many who are immigrants — cooking the food they know and the children of immigrants innovating on those traditions with their American experience. THAT is interesting and THAT is what L.A. is about.

Hank in Santa Monica, California, reacting to an article on the Los Angeles restaurant scene.


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The Nugget Kid

10. Guy on internet: “CAN I GET FREE NUGGETS FOR A YEAR”


@JasperAvi on Twitter, responding to an article about a teenager who set a record for the most retweeted tweet after asking Wendy’s how many retweets he would need for a year’s supply of free chicken nuggets.

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