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Marion W. Copeland: Headline not fair to those non-human animals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: While I have no argument at all with Marilyn Marks’ Nov. 17 guest column, the choice of a headline — ”Naming all the animals of racism” — seems totally inappropriate to me. The only animal I know that has anything to do with racism and certainly with “racial microaggressions” is the human animal. The headline itself strikes me as a speciesist microagression, all the more egregious because …

Hill Boss: Students at Smith show contempt for value of free press

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is dead at Smith College — or at least it was one day last week. When the students at a rally held on an open campus prevented media coverage of an event Nov. 18 they indulged in the same sort of ugly censorship so often used by racist Southerners in the 1960’s and …

John Zokowski: President Obama failing at duty to keep America safe

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: Politics aside, the first and foremost responsibility of the president of the United States is to do all that he or she can do to protect the United States of America. President Obama is sworn to preserve, protect and defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If there is even an infinitesimal chance that there is a terrorist …

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Anna Liakas: Flummoxed by decision to allow Dunkin’ Donuts in Haydenville

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps this seemingly trivial event offers practice for beginning to speak out in the world because I cannot remain silent in regards to the Haydenville Zoning Board of Appeals’s decision to ignore what appeared to be a majority of town sentiment in granting a special …

John Kapitzky: Governor’s stance on refugees is a disservice to Massachusetts

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: I was sorry to hear that our governor had refused to accept refugees from the Syria-Iraq-Libya region. It seems to be primarily a political act on his part, but I believe he really has little say in the matter. Still, I resent his speaking for …

Michael Palmer:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: After reading the Gazette’s editorial on Smith College’s response to the recent “bomb scare” in Northampton, I am struck by the similarities with the recent tragedy in Paris. The paper wishes to hold Smith accountable for the actions of two students while our governor and …

Kathleen McGovern: It isn’t alarmist to fear boxes in Northampton labeled ‘danger’

Sunday, November 22, 2015

To the editor: In the aftermath of the tragedies in Paris, I am moved to re-visit the night of Nov. 5, when Northampton center was shut down for two hours. People noticed five boxes in various locations in town, that had, according to the State Police, the words, …

Kaitlin LaFlamme: Support of NASA is critical for us here on Earth

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: The United States needs to continue to support NASA. This will help expand exploration, keep up with competition, and lead to a better life here on Earth. For many, fulfilling their dreams is possible within their own home town. For others, their desires lead them …

John A. Provost & others: Northampton moves to curtail drinking, rowdy adult behavior at football games

Friday, November 20, 2015

To the editor: We believe wholeheartedly that interscholastic athletics play an important role in helping student-athletes to develop leadership skills and physical fitness, so we were disappointed this season by spectators on “the hill” at Northampton High School whose behavior undermined our character-building efforts. “The hill” refers to the terraced …

Letters on Northampton’s proposed PILOT program

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We can do better than a PILOT program To the editor: I am becoming increasingly distressed about the mayor’s proposed PILOT program for nonprofits. It seems that economic responsibility is at the root of an argument for taxation that boils down to a simple premise: A nonprofit that …

Kate Gehling: Net metering caps threaten to stall solar development

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I was happy to read your article about the demonstration of solar power installation in Plainfield. It is exciting to see residents taking advantage of opportunities that will make Massachusetts a clean energy leader. Caps on net metering, a program that buys back unused energy …

Thomas O’Brien: Congress needs to act on public transportation funding

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: Our nation has a backlog of at least $86 billion in needed bus and rail maintenance. Nationwide, there are more than 60 public transit projects on hold due to lack of consistent funding. And 45 percent of Americans have no public transit. This should be …

Isabel Polak: Sixth-grader: Give students time to prepare for school change

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: I read the story “Residents must grasp need for Amherst school revamp” in the Gazette on Oct. 30. The people of Amherst are having a disagreement on how the school system is going to be configured. Fort River and Wildwood are old schools, and some …