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C.L. Dick: Amherst doing more than its fair share for UMass

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: No matter how large the town of Amherst is, we need smart, sustainable, esthetic and creative solutions with the needs of all citizens in mind. Why does the state university system put 30,000 students in a town the size of Amherst, when cities like Lowell and Boston take on far fewer undergraduates? Perhaps our flagship university could help with solutions. For example: adding student housing on campus, …

Jon Lackman: Gaza crisis demands ‘intellectual humility’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: Many recent letters concerning Gaza reek of moral certitude. We are taught in school to advance one position, to invoke counter arguments only to rout them, with some good reason, but this conflict demands nuance and reservation. It is millennia-old and in the last century alone has mass-produced moral dilemma. Atrocities beset both sides. There are not just two but …

David Starr: Time for Northampton to ban plastic bags, Styrofoam cups

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: One path to minimize Northampton’s contributions to climate change is to reduce its contributions to landfills by 90 percent — 30 percent from increased recycling rates, 30 percent from increased composting and 30 percent from fewer purchases and less packaging. The numbers are impressive but not impossible. Northampton has already increased recycling rates by creating recycling and reuse events throughout …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

Editorial: As a new school year starts, UMass consultant still labors

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Spirits were high as University of Massachusetts students flooded back into town last weekend and dug into a colossal clambake on campus, chanted the UMass cheer with the chancellor, joined a mass shopping trip downtown and took in an outdoor concert. Mixed into the fun were serious messages. … 1

Steve Paul: A minnow’s swim beside Amazon.com

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Almost 20 years ago, during one of my brief but most notable periods of insanity, I bought a bookstore. Yes, I ventured into the bookselling business. I was floating on some years of experience as a book critic, …

Steve Abdow: Supports Healey in primary race for attorney general

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor, I encourage my fellow citizens to vote in the Democratic primary for Maura Healey in the attorney general race. Maura impresses me as a courageous, clear thinking and uncompromising leader. She is a fresh, welcome face in the Massachusetts political scene. Her experience as assistant …

Rita Campbell: Vote for Berwick for governor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: With a 6 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts has to do better for the sake of our economy and our future. Young people need meaningful employment, those displaced by the Wall Street meltdown need jobs with the same or better rates of pay and any Massachusetts …

Robert N. Brooks: Support for UMass football raises several questions

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Concerning University of Massachusetts football, a supporter has been quoted as saying that supporting the team “offers opportunity for community bonding” and cites the usual shibboleth that there is a correlation between the academic (or other) quality of a school and the performance of its … 2

Ben Hellerstein: Three towns deserve a lot of solar credit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Whately deserve a lot of credit for their successful participation in the Solarize Massachusetts program (“Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success,” Aug. 23). These communities are helping to lead the way towards a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Since 2008, Massachusetts’ solar …

Ryan O’Donnell: Northampton councilor urges citizen input on zoning issue

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: I hope Northampton residents will attend the zoning forum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently, the City Council voted to extend a moratorium on building projects of seven or more units until the end of the year. I believe this was the …

Lori Allen: A family center at risk in Belchertown

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — “These kids today! What are we gonna do with them?” We have all heard this statement often enough and perhaps even said it ourselves. As silly and cliche as it may be, we do worry about our children and how they are going to grow up …

Editorial: A father-daughter bond that ended far too soon

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wednesday morning at 10, people who loved Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and his daughter, Brittany Danielle McGrath, gather in Northampton to attempt what must seem impossible: Accept that this doting dad and loving child, joined for a late-summer …

Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. …