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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 number of licenses from 40 to 45, new licensees will pony up $2,500 — vastly less than some existing license holders paid …

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 and incredible skill out here in western Massachusetts. My experience with Dr. Davidson was another …

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 played with so-called deflated balls, the Patriots scored 17 points and the Colts scored 7 …

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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 …

Editorial: Super Bowl deflated by NFL’s lengthy probe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The National Football League’s prolonged investigation of under-inflated footballs allegedly used by the New England Patriots in their 45-7 AFC championship victory has cast an unnecessary cloud over this year’s Super Bowl. The delay in resolving the controversy, …

Mark Zinan: The lighter side of a personal darkness

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Anxiety, biologists inform us, is the human evolutionary psyche on super alert to the physical dangers of the pre historic world. Beware the leopard, tiger and shark. For millions of people, in our relatively physically safe …

Editorial: Early warning helps region prepare for a storm’s blast

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the time you read this, a winter storm packing an historic punch will be raging outside. Roads will be deserted — given the state-ordered travel ban that began at midnight Monday. Most people will be hunkered down …

Tynan Power: Time to face facts on anti-Semitism here in Valley

Monday, January 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Last week, the Gazette reported on vandalism at and near residences on Sherman Avenue, which included anti-Semitic graffiti. (“Northampton teens face charges after vandalism with swastikas,” Jan. 21). The article reported that the perpetrators, girls aged 14 and 15, were not yet being charged with a …

Paul Cherulnik: Is it guile or just plain cheating?

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: I saw your characterization of Bill Belichick in an AP sports article in a recent paper. “Guile” may be your shorthand for cheating, but I prefer dishonesty. It’s interesting that coaches in sports get credit for helping build character in their players and then when …

Joshua Goldstein: Time is now to act on carbon dioxide emissions

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: A state carbon fee and rebate bill, SD285 by Sen. Michael Barrett, has been introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature. Now is the time to contact your state representative and senator to ask them to co-sponsor this bill. It would charge a fee to pollute the …