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Sigrid Schmalzer: Pedestrians get short shrift in road safety changes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: I am deeply distressed by the crosswalk accident that has left a beloved University of Massachusetts student, Chloe Rombach, in critical condition. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have been injured or killed locally in recent years. I cross at that crosswalk in Northampton almost every day: like many others, it is treacherous — but with more visible signs it could be far safer. Tellingly, when construction last …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: On the expectation gap in US life

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: A few years ago, while doing an Alternatives to Violence workshop in a maximum security prison in New York State, I met Malik. At the time, he was a leader of a prison gang, but he wanted to make something more of his life. He took college-level courses in prison, and finally he was out. At a college conference I …

William Aherin: Government should not meddle in Internet use

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: In the “net neutrality” controversy, Americans are being told that we need government control of the Internet to maintain a level playing field. Previous attempts have resulted in the federal courts declaring that the FCC cannot reclassify Internet as President Obama has stated he will do. Many controversies in the world have resulted in countries which control the Internet, to …

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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 …

Ellenor M. Rennell: Let’s give a president and ballplayer their due in Northampton

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: In response to a recent letter, I think that it would be wonderful to have a statue of President Calvin Coolidge and a baseball field named after Stu Miller here in Northampton. The Munro family lived across the street from me. It was always exciting …

John Diaz: Is Smith College president really saying all lives don’t matter?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: So the Smith College president, Kathleen McCartney, felt it was necessary to apologize for pointing out the obvious that “All lives matter” because it might offend someone? The amount of white-guilt felt by so many on the left for things they had no part of …

Tracey A. Putnam Culver: Where is taxpayer outrage over high state salaries?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent article in the Gazette listed the highest state employee earners. These are state employees whose salaries are paid for with our tax dollars. All of these top wage earners are University of Massachusetts employees. UMass is a state school, funded by our tax …

Judy Markland: Elevator inspection schedule should consider extent of use

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: We in Whately were surprised to read your editorial “Getting nowhere fast on elevator safety” (Dec. 1), pointing out that the inspection backlog hasn’t decreased — surprised because our one-story church lift is inspected once a year like clockwork. Probably we shouldn’t be surprised. The …

Max Page: A question to ponder on issue of UMass football

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: Four years ago, when the UMass administration decided to spend tens of millions of dollars moving our football team up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the big-time college league, we were all told it was partly to help us gain entrance into the American Association …

Joseph Manning: Hippopotamus for sale? It happened 50 year ago

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette on Dec. 8, an article from 50 years ago appeared in the “A Look Back” column. I quote: “The humane instincts of three Smith College girls today posed them with something of a dilemma — a 4,000-pound dilemma! The three, Ann Longfellow, …

Julia Persinger: Call on Congress to reauthorize wind-energy tax credits

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: In regards to a recent letter in the Gazette about switching to renewable energy, it’s great to see individuals taking the initiative to fight climate change. I know I plan to make that switch when I purchase a home, and having people lead the way …