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John J. Templeton Sr.: The Obama-Sanders comparison comes down to ‘fat cats’

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: I write in response to the article headlined “Obama allies bristle at comparisons between Sanders and the president.” There is no need to bristle. Both President Obama and Bernie Sanders have put forth a similar progressive vision for the average American: lower health care premiums, equal pay for women and stopping federal tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs over seas. Because Sanders doesn’t accept “fat cat” …

Jeannette Muzima: Protect our public schools from financial suffocation

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: Right on to the recent letter reminding us why charter schools are not in the best interests of the Commonwealth — to say the least. Let’s be very clear. While there may certainly be some benefits to some children who attend charter schools, the motivation behind creating charter schools, and increasing their numbers, both in the Commonwealth and nationally, is …

Phil Nash: Republican field should produce our next president

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: It’s time to reflect on our presidential choices. Our overstocked field of Republicans continues to chip away its weakest candidates while Donald Trump consumes all the oxygen. Republicans have a stocked a field that includes a couple young firebrand senators certain to leave their mark. Even another Bush, certainly the smartest in the family. Despite our party’s robust intellectual debates, …

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Rev. Peter Kakos: Who benefits from Guantanamo?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Following the release of 10 inmates from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo ordered by President Obama Jan. 14, three days after the prison entered its 15th year, Sen. Marco Rubio was quick to go on air blasting …

Gary Michael Tartakov: Parsing the phrase that inflames: ‘Black Lives Matter’

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It seems clear to me that those repeating the phrase “Black Lives Matter” — like those who raised it on City Hall in Northampton — intend its meaning to be inclusive not exclusive. So we need to consider …

Global climate change touches down in an Alaskan native village

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In the small town of Newtok, Alaska, a Yupik village of about 350 people, children once played on endless fields of frozen permafrost. Now, they splash in salt water pools and teeter on boardwalks as the permafrost below thaws and the Ninglick River chips away at the community. …

The millennial work ethic

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dear previous employer, You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you have put me in a bad spot, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think that you can …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …

Ann Stauble: Gazette headline about rape trial missed point of the story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: What an inappropriate front page headline, “Witness says rape defendant told her sex was consensual” in your Jan. 27 edition. Aren’t headlines intended to capture the main point of the article? There are a multitude of paragraphs describing witnesses testifying that the woman, who claims …

Mitch Sieser: Flint water crisis an issue of class, not race

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: The Associated Press article, “Would Flint have suffered a water crisis if it were wealthier, whiter?” appearing in the Gazette on Jan. 22, attempts to frame the Flint water crisis along racial lines as blame is almost exclusively assigned to the Republican governor of Michigan. …

Dan Ziomek: Did Amherst go overboard on Storm Jonas preparation?

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: Winter Storm Jonas was a blockbuster of a storm for much of the east coast. Up to two feet of snow and howling winds were common from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and even much of Cape Cod. But here in western Massachusetts, forecasters …

Ryan Mihaly: A mountain’s name can be changed, and so can a college’s

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: The Washington Redskins should change their name, the Cleveland Indians should change their name and Amherst College should one day change its name. Dropping Lord Jeff as its mascot is a major victory for the school’s activists who demanded the change, and I applaud the …

Editorial: Send us your nomination for Gazette ‘Person of Year’

Monday, February 1, 2016

In this year of candidates, residents of Hampshire County are invited to submit nominations for someone who leads outside the political realm. They can do that by advancing his or her name for the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Person of the Year award. This honor, now in its second …