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Thursday, January 29, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The show must go on, as they say — until it’s gone on long enough. On Jan. 14, the student-run Project Theatre group at Mount Holyoke College canceled its annual production of Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” opting instead to write and produce a new show of its own. The reason: Ensler’s 1996 play, made up of an annually updated collection of monologues about what it …

Non-violent civil protests always carry risks, rewards

Thursday, January 29, 2015

It’s a mistake for lawmakers angered by a recent I-93 blockade to crack down on civil disobedience, no matter how upset their constituents are. Nonetheless, two bills have been filed to toughen penalties for actions like those Jan. 15, when people protesting police violence chained themselves to concrete-filled barrels and obstructed the morning commute. That conduct is already illegal — and is why …

Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

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Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting …

Sidney Moss: We must get behind bill helping Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vermont, has recently proposed an amendment to a bill pending in the full Senate co-sponsored by both of our state U.S. senators. This bill would impose a two-year moratorium on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying …

William Brezinski: We should honor ‘Risky’ Case for her dedication

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Hampshire County has lost an intrepid hero. Ethel “Risky” Case, emeritus of Greenfield Community College has died. Her historical struggles have formed the foundations of labor rights, community education for all, and in her final years, recognition of Americans over age 50. “Risky” recognized a …

Closing time for the liquor license monopoly

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No wonder some Northampton restaurateurs are protesting the city’s effort to obtain another five full liquor licenses. Existing license holders have reason to grumble not just about increased competition, but about what they see as a financial inequity. If the Legislature grants the city permission to expand the …

Dick Merrell: Hard to express sadness at Dr. Davidson’s loss

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the heartfelt tribute to Dr. Michael J. Davidson recently. When the tragedy unfolded in far-off Boston, it felt like I was alone in my deep sense of loss. It helped to realize that Dr. Davidson had touched others with his kindness …

Susan Smith: Cartoon about Brady went too far

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Hold on. The cartoon in last Saturday’s Gazette attacking Tom Brady went way too far. Has anyone in the sports world heard of “innocent until proven guilty?” Let’s look at what actually happened in the AFC championship game. In the first half, when the Patriots …

R. Allen Irvine: Praises Higgins column on MLK

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Bravo to Clare Higgins for pointing out in her column Jan. 24/25 that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been “sanitized as a dreamer and striver, instead of the transformative leader of a movement that changed the country.” The same point is made in …

Alicia M. Lopez: Thanks Amherst community for award given her

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: On Jan. 18, I had the pleasure of receiving the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award, given at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Amherst. Though I was not able to be at the breakfast when the award …

Mia Kim Sullivan: Hampshire College talk focuses on incarceration

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: A recent guest column urged local colleges to highlight the voices and experiences of people who are or have been incarcerated. An exhibition has opened at Hampshire College called “Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S.” It includes work by Sheila Pinkel and drawings and writings …

Maryellen (Frenier) Scott: Song writing concert praised at Hamp High

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: I attended a songwriting concert at Northampton High Jan. 21 for my grandson, Buddy Scott, and his fellow classmates. I have to say I was so impressed with the talent that these young students have. This was a new class offered by the high school …