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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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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 …

Chet and Elaine Cichaski: Childs Park beautiful thanks to its hard workers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: My wife and I have the pleasure of walking through Childs Park every day. A real nice walk it is. The beauty of the park is the result of the attention that is given to it by the workers there: Don, Tom, Bob, Manny, Don …

Mindy Domb: Compassion now core value at Amherst Survival Center

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: On Monday, July 6, the world celebrated the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. At the Amherst Survival Center, we received a great gift from the Amherst Regional Tibetan Association which honored the day by preparing, serving and enjoying a festive lunch …

Eleanor Herman: Flag at Nashawannuck Pond does not stand for beauty of nature

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: There have been many letters in favor of keeping the flag on display in front of Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton, and a few which suggest it obscures the natural beauty of the pond and surroundings. The writers most always associate the flag with honoring our …

Editorial: Profit on Caret’s condo rightly raises eyebrows

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Higher education faces many problems, not least of which is the cynicism-breeding practice of rewarding administrators with excessive salaries and perks while simultaneously pricing students out with hikes in fees, tuition and an array of new costs. Here’s just the latest, local example: the $289,000 profit made by …

Donald Mathison: Book on B-17 crash Mount Tom crash honors those who died

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

To the editor: Reading in a recent Gazette about a public gathering to mark the anniversary of the B-17 crash on Mount Tom on July 9, 1946, I was reminded of the book “We Don’t Cry for Heroes.” It was written by Franklin Davidson Loehr to honor the …