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John Ortiz: PC got you down? Pass Democratic Party by

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Have you had it with political correctness yet? If so, the solution is easy: Stop electing liberal Democrats. Simple. John Ortiz Sunderland …

Katharine Roberts: Double standard if Amherst name stays for town, college

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Amherst College trustee chairman Cullen Murphy was quoted in the Jan. 27 Gazette as saying, “Amherst College will always be the name of the school.” Then in a Gazette editorial this paragraph: “The Lord Jeffrey Inn will get a new name but the college will not. The school is named after the town, Murphy said, not the general ....” Is …

Mary Gorman: Substitute teachers should make more than teen babysitters

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: When I first worked as a substitute teacher in Amherst, back in 1988, the pay rate was $65 per day if you covered for an instructional paraprofessional, and $75 per day if you covered for a teacher. Twenty-eight years later, you still make $65 per day to be a para, and $75 for a teacher. Not only does this show …

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Susan B. Allan: When it comes to snakes, ‘city’ people don’t know ‘country’ life

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: I am writing in regards to the proposal by the state Division of Fisheries & Wildlife to make a “sanctuary” for venomous timber rattlesnakes on an island in the Quabbin Reservoir. I personally think if the state has so much money to spare to save …

Thomas F. Plaut, M.D.: The dollars make sense behind Medicare for All

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Your family spends $10,000 for food each year. But you could get all that food free if you agree to pay a $5,000 tax hike. You could save $5,000. Would you do it? It’s the same as Medicare for All. Thomas F. Plaut, M.D. Amherst …

Mary-Elizabeth Connly: The right, and wrong, way to act when a vehicle hits someone’s cat or dog

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: On Jan. 21, a motor vehicle hit my cat, Liffey, on Clement Street and he was left there to die. The operator of the vehicle should have had the decency to stop. According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 272, Section 80H, “The operator of a …

Chris and DeAnne Riddle: Let’s rename Amherst ‘Hitchcock, Massachusetts’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: Now that we all agree that Lord Jeffery Amherst’s life does not warrant his serving as the mascot for Amherst College sports, maybe the same logic would suggest we change the name of the town and the college. We suggest Hitchcock, Massachusetts, and Hitchcock College. …

Paul Redstone: Moved by NHS student’s guest column on racism

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I would like to thank Northampton High School student Zion Barbour for the guest column “Waking up to racism’s wounds” (Gazette, Jan. 27). It is an excellent thought-provoking discussion highlighting individual responsibility in the face of injustice in our society. His remarks make clear that …

Jim Cahillane: Northampton of today owes a lot to Ralph Levy

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I was saddened to read of Ralph Levy’s death. Ralph was a longtime proponent of civic improvement in our home city of Northampton. In 1955 he knocked on my parents’ front door to ask me to join him and other young men in forming a …

William Knightly: Quabbin doesn’t need rattlers but Bunker Hill might

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: I can just imagine that the good people of Dana, Prescott, Greenwich and Enfield would be thrilled to know that the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has “hatched” a plan to breed and raise 150 timber rattlesnakes until they are good and strong and …

Richard Cooper: Ralph Levy will be missed by many in Northampton area

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

To the editor: Ralph Levy will be remembered and missed by many in the area. Perhaps he touched your life when you shopped at Harry Daniel’s getting your gym uniform in the ’60s. Maybe you remember him from the Circle Players, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, NHS Theater …

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. …