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Albert ten Cate: Why isn’t NRA declared a terrorist organization?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I need to respond to the April 16 letter writer of “Owning a gun for self protection.” It’s all very well to say that the right to carry a gun was laid down by the founding fathers, but these people were carrying guns that could deliver one bullet at the time and then you had to clean, reload and you could shoot again after about five minutes. … 0

Editorial: Former Amherst teacher who admitted using child porn should not receive pension

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A question now before the state’s highest court is whether teachers have a moral, professional and ethical obligation to have nothing to do with child pornography. Of course they do. The state Supreme Judicial Court is reviewing a case involving Ronald T. Garney, a former longtime ninth grade Amherst Regional High School science … 0

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I’m not ordinarily one of those glass-half-full people, but the day after the Supreme Court’s decision on campaign finance, I decided to look for a silver lining. I thought how — if speech is the same as money — I might improve my life, since I’m really good at speaking. So I did a little experiment here in Northampton to … 1

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

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Linda McCullough Moore: The directives for humanity as laid down by Klate

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I must admit to being a tiny bit baffled when it comes to following the directives for humanity laid down by columnist Jonathan Klate, though he writes with the certitude of Michele Bachmann, neither averse to sharing their reality, in no uncertain terms. It is … 0

Jonathan Wright: Why Puffer’s Pond project disruptive

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: A recent writer expressed alarm at the construction activities near Puffer’s Pond in Amherst, and as a principal of the construction company responsible for the work, I could not agree more with the nuisance of the noise and dust. It is disruptive and those of … 0

Don Robinson: What’s at stake in pipeline proposal

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ASHFIELD — As town meeting time approaches, the hills of Franklin and Hampshire counties are alive with the sound of political action. Once more, the tiny town of Ashfield is at the epicenter of a violent shaking of democracy’s foundations. The dispute centers on a plan by Kinder … 0

Editorial: Tick testing: the $50 question

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We applaud the $110,000 grant from the governor’s office that allows University of Massachusetts scientists to provide no-cost tick testing to people in 32 communities across the state, including 10 in Franklin County. We hope this action will … 0

Bruce Watson: Dinah the Cat is ready for her close-up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LEVERETT — Dinah is distressed. Life as a cat in our house is rather dull, so every morning Dinah tries to perk us up by meowing and crying and carrying on in a manner that often lands her … 0

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: In response to the recent letter by a University of Massachusetts professor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance, I would appreciate his assistance in directing me to the clause in the Constitution that … 9

Dorothy Cresswell: Praises UMass students for ‘UMass United’ gathering

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: After reading so much negative publicity about UMass students lately, I have to share a different experience. Recently I had the opportunity to be on the UMASS campus and found the student body extremely calm, … 0

Jacqueline Haskins Engel: American consumers like sheep led to the slaughter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: Recently there was an advertisement in the Gazette which included a long list of prescription medications offered at a steep discount through a company in Canada. Among others, they are prescribed for heart and lung diseases, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, and of course, impotence. In … 0

Kenneth Dym: Questions responses by Mass Development

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: On March 27 at two separate meetings, a representative from Mass Development discussed the proposed Northampton Village Hill 73 house expansion and emergency veterinary hospital. These plans had virtually no input from the residents who live here. The Community Advisory Board has not met in … 0

Donald Mathison: FDA’s overruling of advisory panel questioned

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: The drug company that produces Zohydro filed a lawsuit following the governor’s ban on its use in Massachusetts, claiming that because it had been approved by the FDA, Massachusetts was overstepping its authority. What seems to be lost in all this hoopla is the fact … 0