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Michael Sherry: Labeling Louisiana gunman ‘mentally ill’ further stigmatizes those who really are

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I keep reading in newspapers that the armed killer in the Louisiana movie theater suffered from a mental illness. Nothing in what I read indicated that he suffered from a mental illness. He is depicted as angry, hateful, provocative, attention-seeking, nasty and mean. In simple, non-psychiatric terms, he was a bad man. To paint him with the brush of mental illness is to view him as suffering …

Alan Peterfreund: Better timing of Route 9 traffic lights would aid vehicle flow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: The regularity of significant traffic delays associated with the intersection of Route 9, I-91 and Damon Road in Northampton could be addressed by having the traffic light better respond to the predictable time of day traffic patterns. In the morning, traffic is heading towards Amherst. The lights need to allow for the flow of traffic off of I-91. In the …

John P. Spineti: Let’s trim trees and end tunnel vision on I-91

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I frequently travel I-91 between Springfield and Northampton. The brush and trees along the highway have grown to such a height and thickness that the view from the highway is obscured. This not only prevents viewing the beautiful countryside but also has covered roadside signs, making them unreadable. I get the feeling that I’m traveling in a tunnel, since my …

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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 …

Editorial: DA’s push to try Tsarnaev again needs rethinking

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The decision by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan to bring Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to trial in state court for a crime he’s already been convicted and sentenced to death for in federal court is misguided. Ryan seeks to try Tsarnaev on charges connected to the …

Sasha Nyary and Lily Ruderman: Northampton High students will miss Moynihan’s presence

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: We were distressed and saddened to read of the recent death of Jo-Anne Moynihan, or Joey, who worked at Northampton High School. As the first person we saw when we went to the office, she was always cheerful, friendly, warm and helpful. She represented the …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Upside down flags are a signal of distress, not desecration

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: An upside down national flag is used as a signal of distress throughout the world. It is not the same as “desecrating” the flag, as Gazette columnist John Paradis suggested in his July 10 column, “Flag down on this play.” Years ago, people living on …

Eric Broudy: Amherst showing a shared commitment to arts, culture

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

To the editor: Amherst residents and business owners are speaking up for the arts in Amherst, as chronicled in the Gazette July 1. This support was made clear in a series of six focus groups that the Amherst Public Art Commission held in early June. While the article …

Diego Irizarry-Gerould: Lessons in responsible drinking must start early

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: In response to the recent letter headlined “We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking,” I suggest that while excessive alcohol use among college students is a serious problem, prohibition is not the answer. Nor is adult supervision, however discreet. As a recent college graduate, I …