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Dick Merrell: Hard to express sadness at Dr. Davidson’s loss

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the heartfelt tribute to Dr. Michael J. Davidson recently. When the tragedy unfolded in far-off Boston, it felt like I was alone in my deep sense of loss. It helped to realize that Dr. Davidson had touched others with his kindness and incredible skill out here in western Massachusetts. My experience with Dr. Davidson was another example of his literally saving a life. …

Susan Smith: Cartoon about Brady went too far

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Hold on. The cartoon in last Saturday’s Gazette attacking Tom Brady went way too far. Has anyone in the sports world heard of “innocent until proven guilty?” Let’s look at what actually happened in the AFC championship game. In the first half, when the Patriots played with so-called deflated balls, the Patriots scored 17 points and the Colts scored 7 …

R. Allen Irvine: Praises Higgins column on MLK

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Bravo to Clare Higgins for pointing out in her column Jan. 24/25 that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been “sanitized as a dreamer and striver, instead of the transformative leader of a movement that changed the country.” The same point is made in a Gazette cartoon of Jan. 21 which shows MLK speaking in 1967: “One America is …

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Alicia M. Lopez: Thanks Amherst community for award given her

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: On Jan. 18, I had the pleasure of receiving the Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Civil Rights and Academic Achievement Award, given at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in Amherst. Though I was not able to be at the breakfast when the award …

Mia Kim Sullivan: Hampshire College talk focuses on incarceration

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: A recent guest column urged local colleges to highlight the voices and experiences of people who are or have been incarcerated. An exhibition has opened at Hampshire College called “Site Unseen: Incarceration in the U.S.” It includes work by Sheila Pinkel and drawings and writings …

Maryellen (Frenier) Scott: Song writing concert praised at Hamp High

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: I attended a songwriting concert at Northampton High Jan. 21 for my grandson, Buddy Scott, and his fellow classmates. I have to say I was so impressed with the talent that these young students have. This was a new class offered by the high school …

Paul Cherulnik: Is it guile or just plain cheating?

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: I saw your characterization of Bill Belichick in an AP sports article in a recent paper. “Guile” may be your shorthand for cheating, but I prefer dishonesty. It’s interesting that coaches in sports get credit for helping build character in their players and then when …

Joshua Goldstein: Time is now to act on carbon dioxide emissions

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: A state carbon fee and rebate bill, SD285 by Sen. Michael Barrett, has been introduced in the Massachusetts Legislature. Now is the time to contact your state representative and senator to ask them to co-sponsor this bill. It would charge a fee to pollute the …

Kayla Werlin: Teens who lashed out need help to grow

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: They say that if your only tool is a hammer, then every problem is a nail. I guess since all I know how to do is teach high school, I view the sad case of the 14- and 15-year-old vandals (no — I correct myself …

Mark Moriarty: Changing a school’s schedule should not be rushed

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: A community member’s recent letter regarding the Amherst Regional Middle School schedule shift incorrectly states that the local teacher’s union has a deadline mandate causing the schedule change process to be rushed through to the superintendent. The deadlines in question are in the negotiated contract, …

Jeannette Tokarz: SolarizeMass program in Amherst a success

Monday, January 26, 2015

To the editor: A year ago this week, Amherst residents filled Town Hall to attend Solar 101 and Meet the Installer Night, the inaugural event in the Solarize Amherst campaign. Attendance was unprecedented with over 40 homeowners submitting an application to “Go solar” that night. From that auspicious …

Susan Adelson: Sherman Avenue action should be treated as hate crime

Sunday, January 25, 2015

To the editor: I am concerned about the recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Northampton. I have read some people’s responses that since no Jews were believed to live on Sherman Avenue and no particular individuals appear to have been targeted, the incident is not of great significance. Two teenage …

Bernie Bachand: Please don’t degrade our police and military

Sunday, January 25, 2015

To the editor: My message is to all those who have nothing better to do but decide to protest alongside of the Ward 7 councilor against the men and women in blue. You can bet on one thing: Despite this, if you were in harm’s way, they would …