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Editorial: Anti-terrorism task force in region helps sort rumor from reality

Monday, July 27, 2015

The arrest of a 23-year-old Berkshire County man in a suspected terror plot suggests that seeds of hatred and violence can fall anywhere. Keeping them from taking root is the mission of a squad of police officials in the region who work with the Springfield office of the FBI. Police power must respect civil liberties. That said, residents of western Massachusetts are safer for the existence of the Joint Terrorism …

Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss longtime host Max Shea for violating the station’s anti-harassment and discrimination policies. Since then, elected …

Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in the future.” I applaud the editors for drawing attention to the well disguised racism in …

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John Allen: Is Hadley administrator right person for job?

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The evaluation process for the town administrator in Hadley follows a format whereby each Select Board member assesses the performance of the administrator relative to their individual expectations. It is clear that the most important issue in the valuation may be the expectations of the …

Rev. Cynthia Stahler: Future of planet depends on us, right now

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the efforts of Attorney General Maura Healy and citizen groups to call for studies of the area’s need for natural gas and the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline through Franklin and Hampshire counties. Thorough studies will give us essential information about the …

Joe Jewett: Thoughts on a bicyclist’s place on our roads

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I read with some dismay the recent letter that admonishes a cyclist for allegedly having the temerity to signal for and then make a left-hand turn. The writer does not indicate whether there was adequate room for the cyclist to do so. Rather she states …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein: The method in the Pope’s environmental message

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s comments about the environment have enlivened discussion of the issue of whether religion should be concerned with political matters. There are those who believe politics should be concerned with matters that govern our everyday lives such as business and personal agreements, government services …

Jeff Caplan and Eileen Sugrue-McElearney: Cooley Dickinson has special council to gather feedback

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Health Care is committed to patient-centered care — including encouraging partnerships and communication among patients, families and healthcare providers. We recognize the importance of including patients and loved ones in the delivery of care and the design of that care. A recent letter to the Gazette …

Barbara Sharp: First Amendment will always trump feelings of offense

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: In his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play”, Gazette columnist John Paradis related his experience of seeing a woman on the 4th of July wearing a T-shirt depicting the American flag upside down, or in distress mode. He reacted strongly, stating “I’m all …

Editorial: UMass team harnesses science to protect biodiversity

Friday, July 17, 2015

As scientists make clear in a new University of Massachusetts report, it is hard to predict precisely how the climate will change by century’s end. There are too many variables. But they can fashion projections showing a range of things that could happen. None of them are good …

Maria Geryk: The Amherst regional school consolidation question

Friday, July 17, 2015

Over the past several years, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District has been operating with state funding that has been stagnant at best, and declining at worst. In addition, enrollments have been declining steadily over the past several years, a trend which is seen across the state and is …

Marian Geller, Kamas Choi, and Joe and Michelle Squires: Please make ‘truck-invested’ speedway in Northampton safe

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: We have spoken with Department of Public Works, the Transportation and Parking Commission, the mayor, Coca-Cola Co., Northampton police, the Gazette, and lastly, the City Council. We’ve obtained a traffic calming report, offered to purchase speed bumps, and put up street signs. Here’s our question: …

Adam Fisher: A big political idea from the Big Sky country

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With 481 days to go before the presidential election and roughly 30 declared and possible candidates in the running, my internal Gallup Poll has already chosen a favorite. If the election were held today, I would vote for Montana. It’s not as if I know a …