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Joe Gensheimer: UMass needs fiscal restraint, not more funding from taxpayers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: Your Feb. 3 editorial, “Rosenberg sets down marker on improved higher Ed funding,” is wrong or misguided in many respects. The University of Massachusetts is not underfunded. Its inexorable appetite for increased funding well in excess of inflation continues year after year. Simply walk around the campus in Amherst and marvel at the gorgeous new buildings: the Commonwealth School, exercise facility and dorms. None of this is …

Editorial: Finding right way forward in fight against Islamic State

Monday, February 8, 2016

No American should ignore the threat posed by a small number of radical Islamists to our country and western nations. Out of the ruins and power vacuum of the Iraq war, a significant new foe, the Islamic State, is extending its influence. But even if citizens wanted to ignore what’s happening, it would be hard. That’s because Republican candidates for president compete to …

Natalia Muñoz: Puerto Rico’s long economic captivity

Monday, February 8, 2016

In 1898, the exhausted Spanish empire illegally gave away Puerto Rico to the United States at the end of the Spanish-America War. Gen. Nelson Miles, an architect of the massacre of indigenous peoples in the 19th century in this country, then invaded Puerto Rico and established a military outpost that led to the …

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David Furlong: Bernie, The Donald and me: A Valley entrepreneur’s encounters with two presidential candidates

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When I was a lad of 19, I liked woodworking, so I made use of my father’s machines in the basement by making wooden toys. Soon I needed to find a market for my wares, so in the …

Jonathan Klate: Leftists in the attic, and Hedda Hopper too

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This is a story at once personal, historical, and allegorical. The acclaimed movie “Trumbo” provides dramatic illumination of a sordid period in American history, when free and loyal citizens were persecuted by the government for thought crimes and …

Won-Ho Lee: I asked my peers: Would you trade privacy for security against terrorism?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We are a species instinctively dominated by fear — seeing it as an indicator that action needs to be taken. In modern society, one topic instills insecurity around the globe: terrorism. We are constantly combating extremist organizations originating in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other countries. These organizations we …

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. …