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Jonathan Klate: When rights are extended, what’s there to lose?

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This is a general sentiment commonly expressed by some members of majority groups when a minority group acquires a status or power that the majority already possesses. It may be true, …

Marianne Preger-Simon: We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: The eight- to 12-year jail sentences for the UMass students convicted of rape strikes me as the most futile use of state funds anyone could devise. Of course rape is a devastating experience for anyone. But what are college students doing getting so drunk that they lose all inhibitions and judgment? How can that be acceptable socializing? This is apparently …

Henry Lappen: Let trees do their part to lessen climate change

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Shutesbury residents should indeed be concerned about losing 30 acres of woodland for a “solar farm.” Everyone should be. Removing this much forest will release a great deal of carbon into the atmosphere and increase the temperature of the area, as well as destroying habitat and damaging the watershed. This is the wrong place for solar. We have so many …

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Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …

Kathryn Messier: Fears of traffic, obstructions on even a short commute in Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield Street, Cooke Avenue, Bridge Road — every day I travel to and from work on these streets in Northampton. Most folks who travel on Hatfield Street between Routes 5 & 10 and Bridge Road drive too fast, period. Every day I either try to …

Stephen Dashef: Bring back memorial plaques in YMCA’s The Garden

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Where had the memorial markers gone, I wondered with a sense of shock and loss, as I walked through The Garden area at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Under the past guidance of Barbara Weiner-Dubeck, children and families had shared and dealt with their …

Editorial: Serving local audience is vital part of WMUA’s mission

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two weeks before WMUA went on the air, President Harry S. Truman upset his Republican challenger to hold on to the White House. A world war had just ended and a cold one lay ahead. Babies were booming. …

Judith Fine: Time for Northampton to create another option: a dog park on city property

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write in response to a letter June 23 regarding the meeting for recreational users of the former state hospital property. We both went to the same meeting, but came away with different views. At the end of the meeting, Jeffrey Peterson, superintendent of the Smith …

Charles Bodhi: Church killings need to be seen as terrorism

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Call the executions of nine church members of African descent in Charleston, South Carolina, what they were: an act of terror, one of far too many visited on our people since being taken captive and transported to these shores. Nearly 400 years after we began …

John Sinton: Movement needed to reinstate Glenn Siegel at WMUA at UMass

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the Gazette’s recent reporting on the mess at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dysfunction in Student Affairs is nothing new, nor is the sense of entitlement from students, who expect to take charge without taking responsibility. It’s …

Marianna Kaul-Connolly: Columnist offered illumination on path to racial understanding

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank Jim Foudy for his June 20 Gazette column, “David Ruggles, Florence pioneer.” In the wake of the tragic massacre of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, this was a timely piece of local and national history that encourages us to reflect …

Editorial: When equality is victor, every American benefits

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jurists and legal scholars will continue to disagree about whether the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses provided the correct foundation for the Supreme Court to outlaw state bans on same-sex marriage. Friday’s landmark decision came …