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John J. Templeton Sr.: The Obama-Sanders comparison comes down to ‘fat cats’

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: I write in response to the article headlined “Obama allies bristle at comparisons between Sanders and the president.” There is no need to bristle. Both President Obama and Bernie Sanders have put forth a similar progressive vision for the average American: lower health care premiums, equal pay for women and stopping federal tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs over seas. Because Sanders doesn’t accept “fat cat” …

Jeannette Muzima: Protect our public schools from financial suffocation

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: Right on to the recent letter reminding us why charter schools are not in the best interests of the Commonwealth — to say the least. Let’s be very clear. While there may certainly be some benefits to some children who attend charter schools, the motivation behind creating charter schools, and increasing their numbers, both in the Commonwealth and nationally, is …

Phil Nash: Republican field should produce our next president

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: It’s time to reflect on our presidential choices. Our overstocked field of Republicans continues to chip away its weakest candidates while Donald Trump consumes all the oxygen. Republicans have a stocked a field that includes a couple young firebrand senators certain to leave their mark. Even another Bush, certainly the smartest in the family. Despite our party’s robust intellectual debates, …

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Richard Fein: Presidential candidates do not warrant second interviews

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Before retiring, I was director of the undergraduate career office at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts for almost 30 years. Over those years I looked over hundreds of job descriptions. The good news is that almost all of the 10,000 …

Sigrid Schmalzer: Bridge Street School report card does not paint a complete picture

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Recently, parents of children in Northampton’s public schools received “report cards” providing grades for their school’s performance. My child’s school, Bridge Street Elementary School, received the low grade of “Level Three.” This was disheartening, but not because I have any doubt about the quality of …

Susan B. Allan: When it comes to snakes, ‘city’ people don’t know ‘country’ life

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the proposal by the state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife to make a “sanctuary” for venomous timber rattlesnakes on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir. I personally think if the state has so much money to spare to save …

Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.: The dollars make sense behind Medicare for All

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Your family spends $10,000 for food each year. But you could get all that food free if you agree to pay a $5,000 tax hike. You could save $5,000. Would you do it? It’s the same as Medicare for All. Thomas F. Plaut, M.D. Amherst …

Mary-Elizabeth Connly: The right, and wrong, way to act when a vehicle hits someone’s cat or dog

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: On Jan. 21, a motor vehicle hit my cat, Liffey, on Clement Street and he was left there to die. The operator of the vehicle should have had the decency to stop. According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 272, Section 80H, “The operator of a …

Chris and DeAnne Riddle: Let’s rename Amherst ‘Hitchcock, Massachusetts’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Now that we all agree that Lord Jeffery Amherst’s life does not warrant his serving as the mascot for Amherst College sports, maybe the same logic would suggest we change the name of the town and the college. We suggest Hitchcock, Massachusetts, and Hitchcock College. …

Paul Redstone: Moved by NHS student’s guest column on racism

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I would like to thank Northampton High School student Zion Barbour for the guest column “Waking up to racism’s wounds” (Gazette, Jan. 27). It is an excellent thought-provoking discussion highlighting individual responsibility in the face of injustice in our society. His remarks make clear that …

Jim Cahillane: Northampton of today owes a lot to Ralph Levy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I was saddened to read of Ralph Levy’s death. Ralph was a longtime proponent of civic improvement in our home city of Northampton. In 1955 he knocked on my parents’ front door to ask me to join him and other young men in forming a …

William Knightly: Quabbin doesn’t need rattlers but Bunker Hill might

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I can just imagine that the good people of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich and Enfield would be thrilled to know that the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has “hatched” a plan to breed and raise 150 timber rattlesnakes until they are good and strong and …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …