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John Connolly: US leaders abandoned moral high ground after 9/11

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: I would like to register a protest against the terms of the current debate raging over the “torture report” of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those who, like myself, are appalled by the practices of the CIA in the years immediately following the events of 9/11 should not have to claim that no actionable intelligence was gained by those practices. The reason the United States should not engage …

Barbara K. Clement: Smith College president’s apology not needed

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: To many of us, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s response of “all lives matter” to students protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement was appropriate. As was reported in the Gazette, one sophomore believed the president’s response was not sufficient and she demanded an apology, which, unfortunately, McCartney made. But you were wrong, Madame President: …

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 …

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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 …

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 …