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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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Ann Stauble: Gazette headline about rape trial missed point of the story

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: What an inappropriate front page headline, “Witness says rape defendant told her sex was consensual” in your Jan. 27 edition. Aren’t headlines intended to capture the main point of the article? There are a multitude of paragraphs describing witnesses testifying that the woman, who claims …

Mitch Sieser: Flint water crisis an issue of class, not race

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: The Associated Press article, “Would Flint have suffered a water crisis if it were wealthier, whiter?” appearing in the Gazette on Jan. 22, attempts to frame the Flint water crisis along racial lines as blame is almost exclusively assigned to the Republican governor of Michigan. …

Dan Ziomek: Did Amherst go overboard on Storm Jonas preparation?

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: Winter Storm Jonas was a blockbuster of a storm for much of the east coast. Up to two feet of snow and howling winds were common from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and even much of Cape Cod. But here in western Massachusetts, forecasters …

Ryan Mihaly: A mountain’s name can be changed, and so can a college’s

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: The Washington Redskins should change their name, the Cleveland Indians should change their name and Amherst College should one day change its name. Dropping Lord Jeff as its mascot is a major victory for the school’s activists who demanded the change, and I applaud the …

Walter Krzeminski: Time for Belichick to relinquish on-field head coaching

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best directors of player personnel in major professional sports, creating title contending rosters year after year while managing his salary cap restrictions almost miraculously. Belichick’s on-field head coaching abilities have declined immensely (useless trick …

Emma Buckley: We are one country. Let’s find that common ground

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: I’m writing to share my opinion on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. As a college student, I was happy to hear President Obama talk about issues like his effort for affordable college, protecting kids from gun violence and raising the minimum wage. …

Laura Fitch: Thankful for community’s rescue by Amherst Water Department staff

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: Thank you to the Amherst Water Department. Two Sundays ago, just in time for dinner and dishes, the water pressure dropped and emails started flying around our community asking “what’s with the water pressure?” It wasn’t long before we learned that a water main was …

Diane Martin: The lessons of the axing of WMUA programming

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: A beautiful tree has flourished in the Valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the Valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree …

Dr. Robert Abrams: Lord Jeff an easy target for scapegoating

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: As a member of the Amherst College Class of 1954, I had enjoyed the shared memories of singing “Old Lord Jeff was a soldier of the King” at our past reunions and after Amherst scored a touchdown, but this is now a thing of the …

Shel Horowitz: Suit against anti-gay pastor runs counter to First Amendment

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the editor: As someone who spent three years (1983-85) on the Northampton Pride march organizing committee and who ran three different LGB organizations in the 1970s, I agree that the Rev. Scott Lively’s homophobic statements are despicable. I agree that the horrible Ugandan “Kill the Gays” law …