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Katie Allan Zobel: A hearty thanks to Valley Gives honors

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I have been struggling to find a way to thank 14,189 people. This is the number of people who gave so generously to local nonprofits during Valley Gives Day. I get a hand cramp just thinking about it. Yes, the massive numbers of thank-you notes are daunting, but what is even more challenging is figuring out a way to say thank you that expresses the kind of …

Jennifer Ladd: Time is now for white people to do the right thing

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank Andrea Ayvazian for writing her column on Dec. 13. I agree with her 100 percent that we white people have the obligation and the opportunity to eliminate racism from our institutions, our systems, our norms, our personal interactions and conscious and unconscious thought. We can participate in our own liberation and work …

Lawrence Tucker: A challenge to Mount Holyoke’s leader: End gender barrier

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: Recent news articles have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of both Rose Olver and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Rose Olver was appropriately described as a role model, courageous, selfless, insightful and an inspiration. But perhaps the most fitting accolade, and the one honor that puts Rose Olver on a higher level, is her being praised as an …

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John Kapitzky: Are you ready to help pay pricetag of Olympics site in Boston?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: Boston is one of several U.S. cities being considered as our country’s nominee for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Although the Boston group supporting Boston’s choice has had a few public meetings, mostly its efforts seem to have been kept low key. For example, the U.S. …

Madelaine Zadik: Phrase in editorial shows ingrained racism

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: I have to say I was rather dismayed, shocked and disappointed in the Gazette when I read the Dec. 10 editorial (“Toward day when black lives really do matter in US”). It shows how ingrained racism really is. You wrote: “African-American men aged 20 to …

Paul M. Craig: Time to devise a much better unified health ssytem

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To the editor: Single-payer health care would make a smaller, more efficient government; a more productive workforce; the end of personal financial ruin from unpayable medical bills; some reduction in anthropogenic global warming; and reduced demand on the VA system. Correctly structured, it should have significant bipartisan support. …

David J. McCutcheon: Police visit about shoveling sidewalks could have been avoided

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: On the Friday after Thanksgiving, some of my family members were still at my home winding down for their trip home, while a few had already left. This being a day of heavy traffic, concern filled my wife and children as a Northampton police officer …

Noreen Beebe: Pro-life movement comes from stance of love

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: In recent letters to the editor two women working for an abortion rights fund depict pro-life advocates as developing a culture of shame in regards to unplanned pregnancy. They claim we are people who are “icy cold” when reacting to a person close to us …

Anthea Spirko: A loose pig makes bad travel companion

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: In a recent newspaper there was an article about a 70-pound pot-bellied pig brought onto a plane by its owner as emotional support. There are many problems with that. Passenger Rob Phelps told the Gazette: “It was a relatively short flight, but not with a …

Mallorie Chernin & Paul Sorrentino: Vespers program’s side benefit: Help for survival center

Monday, December 15, 2014

To the editor: On Dec. 7, Amherst College held its annual Vespers. As always, we appreciate the many community members who join us for the “Festival of Lessons and Carols.” At the end of the program, people had the opportunity to give a donation to support the vital …

Maureen & John Sheehan: Grants in Tara’s name continue to support those with eating disorders

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: This was the first year we did not sponsor the Run/Walk for Tara on Nov. 11, Tara’s birthday. We were pleasantly surprised by many people who still sent us cards, letters and donations to the Tara Fund, which supports eating disorders programs. Some people even …

Joseph Tarantino: On the virtues of minding one’s own business

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent letter condemning the use of remote car starters as a destructive and unnecessary luxury captured my attention. As a native of Northampton I amuse myself by regularly reading the letters to the editor by increasingly self-righteous liberals who know better about just about …

Ron Loescher: Amherst College Vespers again hits a high mark

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: My wife Nancy and I always love to attend the Amherst College Vespers. The “lessons and carols” speak deeply to us and it seems to initiate the Christmas season in a very special way. Because of some family infirmity with mobility, I slipped into Johnson …