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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 percent to 3 percent, like most of the neighboring …

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Ella Smolenski: Voting for Coakley in November election

Friday, October 17, 2014

To the editor: What an exciting opportunity we have to elect Martha Coakley as our next governor. I will be coming out to vote for Martha because I am very impressed with her mental health care plan. Please take the time to go to her website and read …

Editorial: Amherst College digs in to fight campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amherst College students, faculty and administrators made a visible statement last week that they back President Barack Obama’s push to curb sexual assaults on college campuses. It isn’t academic. This problem is real, local and urgent. Hundreds donned …

Beth Choquette, Mandy Gerry & Michaela O’Brien: The making of a playground

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Bridge Street School started the year last month with a lot to be excited about: new staff, reinvigorated district leadership under our Superintendent John Provost and Chromebooks for students to share and learn basic computing …

Lois Ahrens: Protests over Ferguson outrage have not abated

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I support the conclusion of your Oct. 13 editorial, “The people are not the enemy.” However, I question certain statements you make including this one: “While the Ferguson protests have quieted ...” As your editorial was being written thousands of people — the majority of …

Albert Tencate: Nation should demand better roads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I read the AP article in the Gazette of Oct. 13 concerning the gasoline tax. The people who drive cars in the U.S. don’t realize how little they pay to keep their cars rolling. In the Netherlands, where I come from, the price of gasoline …

Mark Anderson: Gives thanks for lunch program coverage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thank you for your coverage of Riverside Industries’ lunch program for the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton (Oct. 6, “When work is more than a paycheck”). As the parents of a consumer of Riverside’s “stupendous” lunches — in our Hilltown student’s words — …

Rob Wilson: Thanks to many for talk by Jowel Iranzi

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its fine coverage earlier this month of the Veterans Education Project event at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that featured a presentation by guest speaker Jowel Iranzi. Special thanks go out to Jowel, who works for Jewish Family Services …

Sierra Triozzi: Praises Supreme Court on not ruling on gay marriage

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear cases in the states of Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Caroline, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming of their cities …

Nancy Slator: Don’t infantilize Malala Yousafzai

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: When I was young back in the last century, all women of any age were referred to as “girls.” This became recognized as a sexist construction to deny women their place as adults. This sexism lingers on, however, in references to teenagers. In a recent …

Christine Mulcahy: Get those kiddies college and career ready

Thursday, October 16, 2014

To the editor: I write concerning the Oct. 10 article, “Inside an acclaimed Amherst teacher’s kindergarten class.” Ricci Mastroianni has been awarded the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching award. Based on what? Where are the test scores? How can the effectiveness of a teacher be determined without …