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Dave Roitman: Call on Baker to make fair carbon pricing part of climate strategy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Several of us have written in previous Gazette pieces about the importance of carbon pricing. In brief, in survey after survey, over 90 percent of economists say that putting a price on carbon is the most effective and efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. Two bills are stalled in the Massachusetts Legislature that would price carbon for transportation and heating fuels. The statewide coalition supporting these bills …

Patty Kimura: As commoner, Gen. Amherst would never have been a ‘lord’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: It’s been interesting to read the spirited letters by passionate Amherst College alumni for and against the removal of the name “Lord Jeff” from official Amherst College. But one odd thing has piqued my interest about the use of the name “Lord Jeff” to allegedly honor the British General for whom the town is named. According to Debretts, the British …

Steven Barrett: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders ‘laughable’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders for what she called “artful smear” is laughable compared to what Clinton’s top surrogates, particularly Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s been saying about the Vermont senator’s openly admitted socialist beliefs. The old guard’s subplot goes like this: “Well, Bernie’s got some great ideas, but his socialist ideas are going to get us mauled.” What’s more …

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Adam J. Kolek: Time for local government to admit when mistakes are made

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz would like us to believe that no one who works for the city was responsible for the fact that the city’s insurance company paid $52,500 to settle an unlawful and violent arrest case. What he didn’t say is that it is …

Jude Spencer: It’s time to stop degrading misogyny in hip hop music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: It seems idiotic to type reasons why we should stop misogyny in hip-hop music. It seems so obvious why men shouldn’t treat women like toys, and put sexism in music that thousands listen to. Rappers and hip-hop artists often use women as objects of sex, …

Joe Gensheimer: UMass needs fiscal restraint, not more funding from taxpayers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: Your Feb. 3 editorial, “Rosenberg sets down marker on improved higher ed funding,” is wrong or misguided in many respects. The University of Massachusetts is not underfunded. Its inexorable appetite for increased funding well in excess of inflation continues year after year. Simply walk around …

John Ortiz: PC got you down? Pass Democratic Party by

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Have you had it with political correctness yet? If so, the solution is easy: Stop electing liberal Democrats. Simple. John Ortiz Sunderland …

Katharine Roberts: Double standard if Amherst name stays for town, college

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Amherst College trustee chairman Cullen Murphy was quoted in the Jan. 27 Gazette as saying, “Amherst College will always be the name of the school.” Then in a Gazette editorial this paragraph: “The Lord Jeffrey Inn will get a new name but the college will …

Mary Gorman: Substitute teachers should make more than teen babysitters

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: When I first worked as a substitute teacher in Amherst, back in 1988, the pay rate was $65 per day if you covered for an instructional paraprofessional, and $75 per day if you covered for a teacher. Twenty-eight years later, you still make $65 per …

Paul M. Craig: Misleading to call all founding fathers slave owners

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: We are often told that the Founding Fathers who wrote our Constitution were slave owners. This sweeping assertion is misleading because it is partly false. Of the 39 framers — which the Founding Fathers who wrote and signed the Constitution called themselves — almost half, …

Leonard A. Cohen: System leaves people seeking guardianship in dangerous limbo

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: If you are so unfortunate to have a disabled, totally incapacitated relative and require a court-appointed guardianship in the state of Massachusetts, I suggest you move to another state. I tried on Jan. 1, 2015, with the help of an attorney — and nine months …

Andra Rose: Let’s call Berkshire Gas’ bluff on its new service moratorium

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Berkshire Gas decided last year to stop providing new gas hook-ups here. They claimed that the gas supply was insufficient to add customers. This made no sense unless the company actually preferred to lose business in the short run to make the case for the …

Barbara Weiner Dubeck: Hillary Clinton is bringing the real revolution

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s hard-fought victory in Iowa, albeit a very close race, was nevertheless her victory. Your Feb. 3 headline on a news analysis, “Clinton ekes out victory in Iowa,” was accurate. Why then, in a second-day story on her win, were the three front-page pictures …