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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, supported union contracts for UMass workers at all levels, spoken on behalf of labeling GMOs, and many other important issues. Currently he …

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 along with the secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services appoints commissioners to agencies that oversee the everyday lives of these individuals …

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 Obama has been “stymied by a Congress that often mocks him, undermines him at every …

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Amy Kroin: Amherst school officials to blame for Terrell talk

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Trauma is not a teaching tool. But Calvin Terrell used trauma in his presentation to Amherst Regional Middle School eighth graders last Thursday. His talk, which left many students in tears and prompted one to …

Don Schneier: Fleitman as usual just sleepwalks through column

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: The future of Northampton may hinge on the outcome of a conflict between, on the one hand, a business consortium seeking to expand its privatization of the city, and, on the other, merchants resisting forced contributions to it. So, more immediately relevant than his sleepwalk …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Texas hospital did not make decision to release patient

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: An AP article published in the Gazette on Oct. 2 spoke of “The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the Ebola patient.” The same implication appeared in the headline of an article on Oct. 11 in the Gazette and was heard repeatedly on …

Kathy Conrad: Time to pay library workers more money

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

To the editor: Where is the place if you have nowhere to go they have to take you in? Where is the place where the amount of money in your pockets doesn’t count, nor the color of your skin or your first language? Where is the place that …

Editorial: Land stewards in Hadley help preserve forests, views

Monday, October 13, 2014

Members of the Scott-Agassiz family were well aware of the value of the land they tended for generations in North Hadley: It was priceless. They also knew that no matter what the deed for the property said, the land didn’t really belong to them. They were stewards of …

Pat Hynes & Frances Crowe: While citizens embraced ‘Silent Spring,’ a poisonous war raged on

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book “Silent Spring, published in September 1962, ignited modern U.S. environmentalism and resulted in new laws for environmental and public health protection in the United States. Two days before it came out, President Kennedy signed his approval for the so-called “rainbow herbicides” (Agents …

Karen M. Cardozo: ‘Before You Became Improbable’ praised

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: If you were in downtown Amherst between 6:30 and 8 p.m., Sept. 25-27, you may have noticed some odd goings-on: people in pairs, carrying flashlights and listening to headphones while interacting randomly with others who emerged toward them off the street. This was “Before You …

Paul M. Craig: Wall Street caps and trades while Rome burns

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: The more things Wall Street can turn into tradable securities, the richer Wall Street and its minions become. First, there’s the arithmetic of privileged greed; the higher mathematics of avarice is still to be developed. The Wall Street solution to reducing global warming is the …

Jovanna Robinson-Hidas: Supports assembly in Amherst on bullying

Monday, October 13, 2014

To the editor: In response to “Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators” by Debra Scherban: As a recent alum from Amherst Regional High School, in 2012, and someone who has …

John Sheirer: The proud liberal legacy in America

Monday, October 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One of the strangest aspects of political discussions these days is that the word “liberal” gets tossed around as an insult. Some people even believe that calling someone a liberal automatically wins an argument. They don’t …