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Mary Hall: Starts a petition online over Ukraine

Thursday, April 24, 2014

To the editor: I write to make known a petition I began online in an effort to help with Russia and Ukraine. One may wonder what signing could accomplish; in this instance, I would hope, at least, not to harm. We have a complex situation, with insufficient information to size up all the players. It does seem pretty clear that the Russian government is engaging in some faux democracy, and … 0

Albert ten Cate: Why isn’t NRA declared a terrorist organization?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I need to respond to the April 16 letter writer of “Owning a gun for self protection.” It’s all very well to say that the right to carry a gun was laid down by the founding fathers, but these people were carrying guns that could deliver one bullet at the … 4

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I’m not ordinarily one of those glass-half-full people, but the day after the Supreme Court’s decision on campaign finance, I decided to look for a silver lining. I thought how — if speech is the same as money — I might improve my life, since I’m really good at speaking. So I did a little experiment here in Northampton to … 4

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Bravo, Kate Collins! If oligarchy is to be our lot, at least it's nice to inject a little well-deserved wit! adam fisher ...(full comment)

Kate Collins: How come nobody will take my speech as payment?

So by your logic the 1st Amendment would not protect internet publications because that is new technology. And there is something very...(full comment)

Albert ten Cate: Why isn’t NRA declared a terrorist organization?

Linda McCullough Moore: The directives for humanity as laid down by Klate

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: I must admit to being a tiny bit baffled when it comes to following the directives for humanity laid down by columnist Jonathan Klate, though he writes with the certitude of Michele Bachmann, neither averse to sharing their reality, in no uncertain terms. It is … 0

Jonathan Wright: Why Puffer’s Pond project disruptive

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To the editor: A recent writer expressed alarm at the construction activities near Puffer’s Pond in Amherst, and as a principal of the construction company responsible for the work, I could not agree more with the nuisance of the noise and dust. It is disruptive and those of … 0

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: In response to the recent letter by a University of Massachusetts professor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance, I would appreciate his assistance in directing me to the clause in the Constitution that … 9

Dorothy Cresswell: Praises UMass students for ‘UMass United’ gathering

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: After reading so much negative publicity about UMass students lately, I have to share a different experience. Recently I had the opportunity to be on the UMASS campus and found the student body extremely calm, … 0

Jacqueline Haskins Engel: American consumers like sheep led to the slaughter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: Recently there was an advertisement in the Gazette which included a long list of prescription medications offered at a steep discount through a company in Canada. Among others, they are prescribed for heart and lung diseases, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, and of course, impotence. In … 0

Kenneth Dym: Questions responses by Mass Development

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: On March 27 at two separate meetings, a representative from Mass Development discussed the proposed Northampton Village Hill 73 house expansion and emergency veterinary hospital. These plans had virtually no input from the residents who live here. The Community Advisory Board has not met in … 0

Donald Mathison: FDA’s overruling of advisory panel questioned

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: The drug company that produces Zohydro filed a lawsuit following the governor’s ban on its use in Massachusetts, claiming that because it had been approved by the FDA, Massachusetts was overstepping its authority. What seems to be lost in all this hoopla is the fact … 0

Jannine Covelli: Thanks to many for Burnett Gallery efforts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: Located in the center of Amherst is an amazing art space: The Burnett Gallery. I have been privileged to make use of this large, well-lit space for my April show (“Order Seeking Chaos”). The Burnett Gallery staff and volunteers made this experience easy and enjoyable. … 0

Jeff Lacy: Consumer choices drive local businesses

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: I am strongly in agreement with the April 12 letter-writer (“Let’s give thanks to Mountain Goat owners”) concerning the former Mountain Goat store and other venerable existing local businesses in Northampton. I could have written a similar letter about Amherst, so I will now. When … 0

Rick Hood: Racism in Amherst needs more attention

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: The topic of racism has been front-page news lately here in Amherst. The attacks against Carolyn Gardner were extreme and are getting most of the press. But as Gardner is the first to say, it is the day-to-day institutional racism that is the larger concern. … 0