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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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Adam Fisher: The mea-culpa merchant of monstrous stories

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When I was a kid, my single-mom mother would read me stories. There was no television and there was no Internet. There were tales to be heard on the radio, but somehow that was never the …

John Montanari: Inaccuracy, political bias among reasons public distrusts media

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its editorial in robust defense of the rights of journalists. That such a defense needed to be written is troubling, but good for the Gazette for doing so. When the subject turned to the public’s increased distrust in the media, …

Editorial: Finding the right words to discuss terrorism with our children

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The attacks in Paris were only hours old when one Pioneer Valley father got this question from his 8-year-old son: “What’s a terrorist?” Then came the follow-up: “What do they want?” This parent admits he struggled with both — and that’s understandable. When trying to help children understand …

Editorial: Reasoned response needed to halt agenda of Islamic State

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The murderous and coordinated attacks in Paris Friday night under the Islamic State banner sought to plunge the City of Light into darkness, and allow sorrow and fear to immobilize not only France but every nation. The carnage …

Felicia Sevene: Great article on social worker, but headline too snarky

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor: It was a pleasure to discover in the paper on Nov. 10 the lengthy and thoughtfully written article spotlighting Jay Pasternack, a local social worker recently retired from ServiceNet. The article beautifully described Jay’s long connection to social work, beginning with his personal experience of …

Alex Kent: New manager in Amherst should be a woman or person of color

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: Now that Amherst’s Interim Town Manager David Ziomek has taken himself out of the running for the regular job, I believe it is time for Amherst to demonstrate leadership in appointing a town manager who embodies the inclusive values so many of us in this …

J. Brooks Ballenger: United States needs to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may seem far away and unimportant but it will hit pretty close to home when Massachusetts gets sued by a corporation for raising the minimum wage or requiring food safety labeling. Or when people are unable to afford life-saving medicines because of …

Amalia FourHawks: Student letters to veterans medicine to many hearts

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: One of the nice events of Veterans Day is the generous offers by some restaurants for a free meal for all vets. We went to Applebee’s in Hadley last night. There was a nice feeling in the air as vets greeted each other, identified by …

Marylou Theilman: Backers of charter study in Amherst should recall 2003

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: Although it is not known what a new Charter Commission would propose for Amherst, in 2003 an Amherst Charter Commission proposed replacing representative Town Meeting with a nine-member elected Town Council, and replacing the Select Board with an elected mayor. The mayor would be the …

Editorial: College strangely silent on students’ misadventure downtown

Monday, November 16, 2015

It’s not so hard to imagine two bright Smith College students thinking it would be cool to position makeshift cameras around downtown Northampton, capturing images of the city and its denizens unfolding in time-lapse over the course of an evening. It’s also not hard to imagine that they …