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Katie Allan Zobel: A hearty thanks to Valley Gives honors

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I have been struggling to find a way to thank 14,189 people. This is the number of people who gave so generously to local nonprofits during Valley Gives Day. I get a hand cramp just thinking about it. Yes, the massive numbers of thank-you notes are daunting, but what is even more challenging is figuring out a way to say thank you that expresses the kind of …

Jennifer Ladd: Time is now for white people to do the right thing

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank Andrea Ayvazian for writing her column on Dec. 13. I agree with her 100 percent that we white people have the obligation and the opportunity to eliminate racism from our institutions, our systems, our norms, our personal interactions and conscious and unconscious thought. We can participate in our own liberation and work …

Lawrence Tucker: A challenge to Mount Holyoke’s leader: End gender barrier

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: Recent news articles have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of both Rose Olver and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Rose Olver was appropriately described as a role model, courageous, selfless, insightful and an inspiration. But perhaps the most fitting accolade, and the one honor that puts Rose Olver on a higher level, is her being praised as an …

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Amy Brodigan, Jana McClure: Amherst Education Foundation stands for equity

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Amherst Education Foundation, we want to reaffirm our founding mission to promote educational equity, social justice and diversity as central to achieving excellence in our schools. The past year has been challenging for our students, families, teachers and …

Kenneth R. Pollard: Thoughtless disruption at the Christmas Vespers

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: A recent Sunday we attended the 4 p.m. service of the Smith College Christmas Vespers at the John M. Greene Hall in Northampton. This is traditionally a beautiful contemplative service of holiday music and word. We brought our young son who has a serious medical …

John Connolly: US leaders abandoned moral high ground after 9/11

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: I would like to register a protest against the terms of the current debate raging over the “torture report” of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those who, like myself, are appalled by the practices of the CIA in the years immediately following the events of 9/11 …

Barbara K. Clement: Smith College president’s apology not needed

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: To many of us, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s response of “all lives matter” to students protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement was appropriate. As was reported in the Gazette, one sophomore believed the president’s response was not sufficient …

Sigrid Schmalzer: Pedestrians get short shrift in road safety changes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: I am deeply distressed by the crosswalk accident that has left a beloved University of Massachusetts student, Chloe Rombach, in critical condition. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have been injured or killed locally in recent years. I cross at that crosswalk in Northampton almost every …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: On the expectation gap in US life

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: A few years ago, while doing an Alternatives to Violence workshop in a maximum security prison in New York State, I met Malik. At the time, he was a leader of a prison gang, but he wanted to make something more of his life. He …

William Aherin: Government should not meddle in Internet use

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: In the “net neutrality” controversy, Americans are being told that we need government control of the Internet to maintain a level playing field. Previous attempts have resulted in the federal courts declaring that the FCC cannot reclassify Internet as President Obama has stated he will …

Philip M. Giers: Northampton Lions Club thanks public for support of yearly sale

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton Lions Club thanks all those who participated in our 54th Annual Ski and Skate Sale and helped to make it a big success. The Lions Club gives back to the community all the profits generated by this event, helping those in need. It …

James Winston: Letter-writer fails to appreciate economic benefits of Eric Suher’s venues

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I noticed in the letters to the editor section Dec. 8 one regarding Eric Suher that in my view was both ill-informed and reckless. In the letter, the writer states in part, “why is the Calvin sold out, the Iron Horse sold out and people …

James W. Sherwood: Smith president didn’t need to apologize about word choice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I am reading the book “Measure of a Man” about Martin Greenfield, the clothier. Greenfield was in the Buchenwald concentration camp and was sent to a house of the mayor of Weimar, Germany, to do repairs. He was in the basement and found rabbits and …