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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 reason the United States should not engage …

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 and she demanded an apology, which, unfortunately, McCartney made. But you were wrong, Madame President: …

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. She made 80 dolls this year for children in foster care. Dolls might sound a …

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Maureen & John Sheehan: Grants in Tara’s name continue to support those with eating disorders

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: This was the first year we did not sponsor the Run/Walk for Tara on Nov. 11, Tara’s birthday. We were pleasantly surprised by many people who still sent us cards, letters and donations to the Tara Fund, which supports eating disorders programs. Some people even …

Joseph Tarantino: On the virtues of minding one’s own business

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter condemning the use of remote car starters as a destructive and unnecessary luxury captured my attention. As a native of Northampton I amuse myself by regularly reading the letters to the editor by increasingly self-righteous liberals who know better about just about …

Ron Loescher: Amherst College Vespers again hits a high mark

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: My wife Nancy and I always love to attend the Amherst College Vespers. The “lessons and carols” speak deeply to us and it seems to initiate the Christmas season in a very special way. Because of some family infirmity with mobility, I slipped into Johnson …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Let’s give a president and ballplayer their due in Northampton

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to a recent letter, I think that it would be wonderful to have a statue of President Calvin Coolidge and a baseball field named after Stu Miller here in Northampton. The Munro family lived across the street from me. It was always exciting …

John Diaz: Is Smith College president really saying all lives don’t matter?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: So the Smith College president, Kathleen McCartney, felt it was necessary to apologize for pointing out the obvious that “All lives matter” because it might offend someone? The amount of white-guilt felt by so many on the left for things they had no part of …

Tracey A. Putnam Culver: Where is taxpayer outrage over high state salaries?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent article in the Gazette listed the highest state employee earners. These are state employees whose salaries are paid for with our tax dollars. All of these top wage earners are University of Massachusetts employees. UMass is a state school, funded by our tax …

Judy Markland: Elevator inspection schedule should consider extent of use

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: We in Whately were surprised to read your editorial “Getting nowhere fast on elevator safety” (Dec. 1), pointing out that the inspection backlog hasn’t decreased — surprised because our one-story church lift is inspected once a year like clockwork. Probably we shouldn’t be surprised. The …

Max Page: A question to ponder on issue of UMass football

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: Four years ago, when the UMass administration decided to spend tens of millions of dollars moving our football team up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the big-time college league, we were all told it was partly to help us gain entrance into the American Association …

Joseph Manning: Hippopotamus for sale? It happened 50 year ago

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette on Dec. 8, an article from 50 years ago appeared in the “A Look Back” column. I quote: “The humane instincts of three Smith College girls today posed them with something of a dilemma — a 4,000-pound dilemma! The three, Ann Longfellow, …

John Paradis: Is it time for a military draft in the US?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Thomas Jefferson believed a democracy can survive only with the aid of an enlightened electorate. What then would our founding fathers now say about the lowest voter turnout in 72 years in the midterm general election …