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Jonathan Klate: When rights are extended, what’s there to lose?

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This is a general sentiment commonly expressed by some members of majority groups when a minority group acquires a status or power that the majority already possesses. It may be true, …

Marianne Preger-Simon: We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: The eight- to 12-year jail sentences for the UMass students convicted of rape strikes me as the most futile use of state funds anyone could devise. Of course rape is a devastating experience for anyone. But what are college students doing getting so drunk that they lose all inhibitions and judgment? How can that be acceptable socializing? This is apparently …

Henry Lappen: Let trees do their part to lessen climate change

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Shutesbury residents should indeed be concerned about losing 30 acres of woodland for a “solar farm.” Everyone should be. Removing this much forest will release a great deal of carbon into the atmosphere and increase the temperature of the area, as well as destroying habitat and damaging the watershed. This is the wrong place for solar. We have so many …

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Alan Kanner: Justice Thomas’ dissent raises fitness questions

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Sections of Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent in the recent same-sex marriage decision, and printed in the Gazette’s June 27-28 edition, are so shockingly appalling — namely: “Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to …

Ralph Dolan: A memory of Northampton City Councilor Jesse Adams before politics arrived

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: It was back when he was a lad in his mid-teens that Jesse Adams, now a Northampton city councilor and attorney, came to my attention quite by accident. For 40 years now, downtown Northampton has held a strong fascination for me. I like to walk …

John Howard: Plethora of incentives for investment in renewables

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s encyclical needs to be supported by more incentives, but renewable energy tax credits and rebates come and go in an arbitrary way. For those considering an investment in renewables, it’s best to check federal, state, town, seller, installer and utility websites before any …

Alice LaFleur: How an ‘angel’ came to Hadley woman’s aid

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: My sister told me once that there are angels on earth — and I believe her now. A few days ago, I put my foot on the floor and headed to the front door to unlock it, so others can get in. On turning around, …

Robert N. Brooks: Cooley Dickinson patients need to be heard

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: Concerning the Gazette’s recent interview with Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s new CEO, Joanne Marqusee, she indicates she has made a number of staff appointments (“new leadership team”) to improve the hospital’s quality of care. But there is one group that is rarely, if ever, consulted about …

Jon Ortiz: Questioning the focus of Black Lives Matter campaign

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: If the Black Lives Matter movement was serious, its advocates would be protesting in places like Chicago and Detroit and Baltimore where blacks are being killed by other blacks in record numbers, but they don’t. Instead, they only show up when it’s a white person …

Gillian M. Woldorf: Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage lines up with national polling

Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor: While reading the reprinted guest column by California’s Frank Schubert, I was struck by a very interesting, and dare I say elegant, fact. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, Schubert and other opponents of same-sex marriage have asserted that …

Bradley LeVay: Thanks to all who make Armed Forces Appreciation Day a success

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: The Veterans Council of Northampton and I as its president would like to thank all of the workers and donors for the help and effort they gave to make the “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” at Look Park such a big success May 23. A good …

Donna Peloquin: US flag must remain at Easthampton pond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to two letters about moving the U.S. flag from the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. The authors may not know why that flag was put there. It was placed after 9/11 to honor brave men and women and to celebrate our freedom. …

Ginny Curtis: Seeds of intolerance sewn right into Confederate flag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: Our nation remains choked by racism, with blatant acts of violence and degrees of brutal subtleties. Will the people of South Carolina now support removing a Confederate flag from their government buildings, the banner linked to the senseless hate-filled murders of nine black Americans? From …