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H.R. Hartzler: Perhaps Lord Jeffs should become the Fluffy Snowflakes

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: Halfway measures are unconvincing. If the students of Amherst College really want to disassociate themselves from Lord Jeffrey Amherst, they must deny his last name as well as his first. Amherst College should not be the school’s name. Unfortunately, if the college should continue to be located where it is, it would be in the town of Amherst, whatever name it might choose. I suggest that Amherst …

Peter Weitzman: Local Republican leader’s take on PILOT is Trump-like in nature

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: As I read the screed that Joseph Tarantino wrote regarding Mayor David Narkewicz and his PILOT plan for nonprofits, I could not help but be dismayed. In contrast to the thoughtful analysis by Nat Reade, as well as many other guest columns regarding the PILOT program, the snide barbs and put downs only diminish any sense of a cohesive or …

Max Page: State’s education board remains committed to destructive testing

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: I respectfully disagree with your editorial endorsing the recent vote of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create an “MCAS 2.0.” That Mitchell Chester, the head of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium, or PARCC, was forced to drop his dream of dropping the MCAS in order to adopt the Bill Gates-funded PARCC …

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Editorial: Williston Northampton School misses an opportunity to fully address violation of trust

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The recent “important announcement” from leaders of the Williston Northampton School takes responsibility for an institutional failure. It owns up to a wrong done in the late 1970s to a student. But even as it apologizes, this message …

Sara Weinberger: Really, America? Too afraid to do the right thing?

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I remember as a child on Yom Kippur watching those in my synagogue beating their chests with clenched fists as they chanted an alphabetized list of transgressions, ranging from gluttony to gossip. When I became too cool to sit next to my parents, my friends and …

Michael Dover: My mother, the refugee — and lessons from her life

Friday, November 27, 2015

LEVERETT — “Frances, do you remember the time we were all lined up against a wall to be shot?” I was in my early 20s and at an afternoon family gathering. As we sat on the patio chatting, …

Editorial: Film ‘Spotlight’ Film story of betrayal that should not be forgotten

Friday, November 27, 2015

One of the biggest stories of 2002 is news again to millions thanks to Hollywood. While movie studios usually aim to distract viewers, sometimes their films contain uncomfortable truths. The new movie “Spotlight” recounts one of them: the …

Sean Glennon: Count me deflated by NFL’s apparent war on Tom Brady

Friday, November 27, 2015

FLORENCE — The shift in perspective isn’t something fans of professional football ever need to think about. It’s annual, inevitable, encoded in our body clocks. Just as piles of Thanksgiving leftovers disappear from refrigerators in daring midnight raids. …

Clare Higgins: The economic refugees in my past

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As I have watched the tragic story of the Syrian diaspora unfold over the last few months I have been struck by the parallels to other times in our history and my own history. Almost all …

Editorial: Holiday gift programs rely on community generosity

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Daily Hampshire Gazette this week opened its 83rd annual appeal for community support of the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund which will provide Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would have few, if any, holiday presents. Again this year, the program will give vouchers worth $40 per …

Marion W. Copeland: Headline not fair to those non-human animals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: While I have no argument at all with Marilyn Marks’ Nov. 17 guest column, the choice of a headline — ”Naming all the animals of racism” — seems totally inappropriate to me. The only animal I know that has anything to do with racism and …

Hill Boss: Students at Smith show contempt for value of free press

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is dead at Smith College — or at least it was one day last week. When the students at a rally held on an open campus prevented media coverage of an event Nov. 18 they indulged in the …

Don Robinson: Love, justice — and terrorism

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — The terrorist attack on Paris has posed more than a test of our strategy for fighting Islamic extremism. It has ignited a struggle for the soul of our nation. The United States will not declare war on ISIS while Barack Obama is president. He correctly reads …