I think it's disgraceful that Jill Stein is being kept out of some of the gubernatorial debates because she fails to meet rules created by a small group of media outlets. Stein, the Green-Rainbow candidate who has run for governor and other offices in the past, my be polling in the single digits, but she is a legitimate candidate -- smart, articulate and serious. A number of people felt that she was the only candidate who exceeded expectations in one of the earlier debates.
The media consortium sponsoring the debates is not a civic group, but is made up of The Boston Globe and several TV and radio stations. Yesterday Stein was kept out of a debate held on WBZ radio. The bias against third-party candidates in this country is what allows Democrats and Republicans to keep a lock on political power. Stein is a physician and an activist who lives in Lexington, and many of us would like her voice to be part of the discussion.