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Marion W. Copeland: Headline not fair to those non-human animals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: While I have no argument at all with Marilyn Marks’ Nov. 17 guest column, the choice of a headline — ”Naming all the animals of racism” — seems totally inappropriate to me. The only animal I know that has anything to do with racism and certainly with “racial microaggressions” is the human animal. The headline itself strikes me as a speciesist microagression, all the more egregious because …

Hill Boss: Students at Smith show contempt for value of free press

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is dead at Smith College — or at least it was one day last week. When the students at a rally held on an open campus prevented media coverage of an event Nov. 18 they indulged in the same sort of ugly censorship so often used by racist Southerners in the 1960’s and …

Don Robinson: Love, justice — and terrorism

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ASHFIELD — The terrorist attack on Paris has posed more than a test of our strategy for fighting Islamic extremism. It has ignited a struggle for the soul of our nation. The United States will not declare war on ISIS while Barack Obama is president. He correctly reads the settled will of the American people on that point. We will, however, join our …

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Joseph Tarantino: The ‘Narkewicz Effect’ — if nonprofits have money, liberals want it

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After listening to Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s advocacy for his proposed PILOT program, I have one suggestion: He should resign and leave the job of mayor to someone better able to hold the office without embarrassing the city or himself. It is just appalling that community …

Letters on Northampton’s proposed PILOT program

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can do better than a PILOT program To the editor: I am becoming increasingly distressed about the mayor’s proposed PILOT program for nonprofits. It seems that economic responsibility is at the root of an argument for taxation that boils down to a simple premise: A nonprofit that …

Kevin Lake: Whether to approve PILOT? That’s wrong question

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After attending one of the Mayor David J. Narkewicz’s community meetings about his proposed PILOT program and reading what I can find about it, I wrote the mayor and the members of the City Council to …

Editorial: Tradition no reason to preserve misguided honor for Lord Jeffery Amherst

Thursday, November 19, 2015

History will sit heavily on the agenda when Amherst College trustees next meet. Nearly two centuries after the school took the name of Lord Jeffery Amherst, its students are renewing arguments that this 18th century English military leader should be repudiated for his attitudes toward native people. In …

Tom Weiner: Young women at Northampton High help lead the way on gender attitudes

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Our community should be grateful to the members of the Northampton Key Club who rallied and marched Oct. 28 in support of a safe, harassment-free community. Many young women in our community are routinely mistreated in the form of catcalls and other demeaning behaviors by some …

Kate Gehling: Net metering caps threaten to stall solar development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to read your article about the demonstration of solar power installation in Plainfield. It is exciting to see residents taking advantage of opportunities that will make Massachusetts a clean energy leader. Caps on net metering, a program that buys back unused energy …

Thomas O’Brien: Congress needs to act on public transportation funding

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: Our nation has a backlog of at least $86 billion in needed bus and rail maintenance. Nationwide, there are more than 60 public transit projects on hold due to lack of consistent funding. And 45 percent of Americans have no public transit. This should be …

Isabel Polak: Sixth-grader: Give students time to prepare for school change

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I read the story “Residents must grasp need for Amherst school revamp” in the Gazette on Oct. 30. The people of Amherst are having a disagreement on how the school system is going to be configured. Fort River and Wildwood are old schools, and some …

Rebecca Fricke: Amherst Farmers Market made great strides this season

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: As the 2015 market season comes to a close the Amherst Agricultural Commission would like to acknowledge the gains the Amherst Farmers Market has made this year. We thank AFM Manager Tammy Ryan and the Amherst Farmers Market Committee for welcoming new Amherst farmers to …

Editorial: Conte Refuge expansion plan combines conservation, access

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Federal officials this week finished a three-month public review of a conservation plan to guide management of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge during the next 15 years. The period for public comment ended Monday, and we hope that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service …