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Mariette Bien-Aime, left, and Crystal Norwood, right, give away t-shirts with a slogan "UMASS STANDS AGAINST RACISM" during the rally against racial graffiti at the Student Union building in the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2014.

Editorial: Ugly messages on UMass campus reveal an everyday racism

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Last Wednesday, everyone connected with the University of Massachusetts Amherst had to accept that it is a place where a student can come home to a message of hate. But it is also a place, it is important to note, where a thousand students and faculty members show up to reject intolerance. They acted swiftly, and so did campus police. A UMass student from North Andover pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he vandalized property as well as a related count of “property damage to intimidate” by leaving notes affixed to dorm-room doors in the Southwest Residential Area. Sadly, the arrest Friday of …

Robert A. Jonas: A priest who deserved ‘boundless love’

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As I read about the extraordinary spiritual vision of Pope Francis, and reflect on the impact of the synod of bishops at the Vatican, the face of my friend and mentor, Fr. Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), comes to mind. Henri was a Dutch priest, born to a prominent Roman Catholic family who harbored frightened Jews in their attic when the Nazis took …

Alice Swift: Wants Amherst voters to approve two local questions

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Many voters in Amherst are probably not aware of two local questions on the ballot on Nov. 4 in addition to the four statewide questions described in the red booklet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Question 5 would raise the Community Preservation Act surcharge in Amherst from 1.5% to 3%, like most of the neighboring towns. The …

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Joe Leahy: Setting the record straight on gaming law

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: In response to the anti-casino letter published Oct. 11, I am adding a few facts that were missing. Question 3 on the ballot is an attempt to repeal the state gaming law. Repealing a job creating law makes no sense to me. The gaming law …

Carter Wall: Lists just some of Kulik’s accomplishments

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Rep. Steve Kulik is running for re-election to the First Franklin district, and this is a good time to reflect on his accomplishments in office, and thank him for everything he’s done for agriculture and our local economy. He has been a good friend to …

Mary Olberding: Says Coakley has right leadership qualities

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: Martha Coakley has the demonstrated leadership we need in our next governor. Martha Coakley was the first state attorney general in the country to challenge DOMA before the Supreme Court. In 2009, she recognized that hundreds of federal benefits were still out of reach, including …

Nicole Letourneau: Supports State Rep. Kulik to go back to House

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

To the editor: On Nov. 4, I hope voters in the First Franklin District will vote for Steve Kulik. He has been working hard for those 19 towns since 1993, and I have known him since 1994. I spoke with him most recently at Clarkdale Fruit Farms in …

Sylvia Snape: Vote for Kulik so he can continue his good work

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: We, in the first Franklin district are fortunate to have Steve Kulik as our state representative. Steve has held this seat because he has a consistent record of voting in the House in support of the people in our district. He’s stood for workers rights, …

Elizabeth Silver: She’s voting for Healey, Coakley and against casinos

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: In addition to Maura Healey, on Nov. 4 I’m voting for Martha Coakley and for the casino repeal. Why Coakley? Because I care about how our state serves poor, vulnerable and marginalized people. The governor …

Nancy Natale: Doesn’t agree with Ayvazian on Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the opinion piece by Andrea Ayvazian published in the Oct. 11-12 issue of the Gazette. I really dislike reading pieces like this, especially from people who say they’ve been big Obama supporters. Even though Ms. Ayvazian admits that President …

David Wojciechowski: Not allowing casinos is quite unkind

Monday, October 20, 2014

To the editor: Casinos have open doors. You can just walk in but you don’t have to. If you are inside and you wish to leave, the door is right there as well. As the law now states you are free to come and go. Certain people want …

Marietta Pritchard: A class reunion worth attending

Friday, October 17, 2014

TO OUR READERS: Starting Nov. 14, Marietta Pritchard’s monthly column moves from the editorial page to a new home in Hampshire Life. AMHERST — I’m not usually enthusiastic about class reunions, and in fact, I’ve managed to avoid all but a few of my own over the years. …

Editorial: Sidewalks of the city: They must be vibrant, but also shared by all

Friday, October 17, 2014

In May 2013, Mayor David J. Narkewicz kicked a hornet’s nest when he ordered the removal of six sidewalk benches on Main Street in Northampton in an effort to curb the loitering and panhandling that some shopkeepers said was hurting business. T he mayor wisely reversed that action …