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Editorial: A cautious start to year for WMass economy

Monday, February 8, 2016

Today, in the first of four expanded February business news sections, the Gazette reports on something that matters to everyone: the health of the region’s economy. The quick takeaway is that conditions are right for continued but modest growth. Economic conditions have been worse in recent years, experts note. But they have also been better. The final quarter of 2015 was a disappointment statewide, when the annual rate of growth …

John Sheirer: Our parties, our race problem

Monday, February 8, 2016

Last month, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quotes popped up on Facebook to celebrate the great civil rights leader’s birthday. Now that we’re in Black History Month, I’m pleased to see more of his words making the rounds in social media. Unfortunately, along with King’s inspiring quotes, I’ve read many comments claiming that King himself was a Republican who would oppose today’s …

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 …

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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 …

Jay Fleitman: Off debate stage, GOP candidates come more fully to life

Monday, February 1, 2016

I am writing this column on the day before the Iowa caucuses and it is being published after those results are in. On both sides of the aisle, the televised candidate debates will have had a major impact on the results of the voting. These debates serve our …

Walter Krzeminski: Time for Belichick to relinquish on-field head coaching

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best directors of player personnel in major professional sports, creating title contending rosters year after year while managing his salary cap restrictions almost miraculously. Belichick’s on-field head coaching abilities have declined immensely (useless trick …

Emma Buckley: We are one country. Let’s find that common ground

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: I’m writing to share my opinion on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. As a college student, I was happy to hear President Obama talk about issues like his effort for affordable college, protecting kids from gun violence and raising the minimum wage. …

Laura Fitch: Thankful for community’s rescue by Amherst Water Department staff

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: Thank you to the Amherst Water Department. Two Sundays ago, just in time for dinner and dishes, the water pressure dropped and emails started flying around our community asking “what’s with the water pressure?” It wasn’t long before we learned that a water main was …

Diane Martin: The lessons of the axing of WMUA programming

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: A beautiful tree has flourished in the Valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the Valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree …

Editorial: Anecdotes highlight success of ReCenter swap shop

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A set of pattern blocks made its way to a children’s cancer hospital in Iraq. An electric guitar and a digital camera ended up in the hands of two local boys. And a box of housewares went to a local couple for their adult son who, to their …

Dr. Robert Abrams: Lord Jeff an easy target for scapegoating

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: As a member of the Amherst College Class of 1954, I had enjoyed the shared memories of singing “Old Lord Jeff was a soldier of the King” at our past reunions and after Amherst scored a touchdown, but this is now a thing of the …

Renee Moss: Lives of the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

When you were a kid, was there an adult in your life — someone besides your mom or dad — who was a mentor? Perhaps it was a teacher, coach, librarian or scout leader, or someone who shared your passion for piano or model airplanes. If you were …