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Editorial: For Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, increased scrutiny now a fact of life

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On the eve of the biggest vote of his life, state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has found himself facing questions about his least favorite topic: his personal life. Rosenberg has been able to avoid such questions for a long time. He is known for taking tough assignments in the Legislature, including work on redistricting and the new casino law. He’s a policy wonk, not a glad-hander. For years he’s put constituent …

Dr. Newton Bowdan: Medical marijuana not ready for prime time

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Shortly before Thanksgiving I attended a meeting at a Northampton school. The subject was “Medical Marijuana.” I put the term in quotes because marijuana is marijuana, just as insulin is insulin. Whether marijuana is “medical” or “recreational” depends on the use to which it is put. What appalled me was that only one person on the panel, Paul McNeill, a …

John Connolly: US leaders abandoned moral high ground after 9/11

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: I would like to register a protest against the terms of the current debate raging over the “torture report” of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those who, like myself, are appalled by the practices of the CIA in the years immediately following the events of 9/11 should not have to claim that no actionable intelligence was gained by those practices. The …

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Barbara K. Clement: Smith College president’s apology not needed

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: To many of us, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s response of “all lives matter” to students protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement was appropriate. As was reported in the Gazette, one sophomore believed the president’s response was not sufficient …

Editorial: Meaningful work can be undertaken at any age — as these seniors show

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

People at any age can be valued and valuable. They can be contributing members of a community doing worthwhile work. Society sometimes forgets this. In Amherst, 87-year-old Shirley Whittemore has been indulging her longtime passion for doll-making by setting up a veritable doll factory in her living room. …

Editorial: Is it time to retire English lord as college’s human mascot?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Amid their frantic end-of-semester studying, some students at Amherst College found time for good-natured pranks with a serious message. Students want to replace the college mascot, Lord Jeffery Amherst, with the mighty moose. Their rather elaborate pranks included placing a life-size metal moose sculpture in the foyer of …

Sigrid Schmalzer: Pedestrians get short shrift in road safety changes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: I am deeply distressed by the crosswalk accident that has left a beloved University of Massachusetts student, Chloe Rombach, in critical condition. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have been injured or killed locally in recent years. I cross at that crosswalk in Northampton almost every …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: On the expectation gap in US life

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: A few years ago, while doing an Alternatives to Violence workshop in a maximum security prison in New York State, I met Malik. At the time, he was a leader of a prison gang, but he wanted to make something more of his life. He …

William Aherin: Government should not meddle in Internet use

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: In the “net neutrality” controversy, Americans are being told that we need government control of the Internet to maintain a level playing field. Previous attempts have resulted in the federal courts declaring that the FCC cannot reclassify Internet as President Obama has stated he will …

Philip M. Giers: Northampton Lions Club thanks public for support of yearly sale

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton Lions Club thanks all those who participated in our 54th Annual Ski and Skate Sale and helped to make it a big success. The Lions Club gives back to the community all the profits generated by this event, helping those in need. It …

James Winston: Letter-writer fails to appreciate economic benefits of Eric Suher’s venues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I noticed in the letters to the editor section Dec. 8 one regarding Eric Suher that in my view was both ill-informed and reckless. In the letter, the writer states in part, “why is the Calvin sold out, the Iron Horse sold out and people …

James W. Sherwood: Smith president didn’t need to apologize about word choice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I am reading the book “Measure of a Man” about Martin Greenfield, the clothier. Greenfield was in the Buchenwald concentration camp and was sent to a house of the mayor of Weimar, Germany, to do repairs. He was in the basement and found rabbits and …

John Kapitzky: Are you ready to help pay pricetag of Olympics site in Boston?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: Boston is one of several U.S. cities being considered as our country’s nominee for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although the Boston group supporting Boston’s choice has had a few public meetings, mostly its efforts seem to have been kept low key. For example, the U.S. …