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Jonathan Klate: When rights are extended, what’s there to lose?

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This is a general sentiment commonly expressed by some members of majority groups when a minority group acquires a status or power that the majority already possesses. It may be true, …

Marianne Preger-Simon: We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: The eight- to 12-year jail sentences for the UMass students convicted of rape strikes me as the most futile use of state funds anyone could devise. Of course rape is a devastating experience for anyone. But what are college students doing getting so drunk that they lose all inhibitions and judgment? How can that be acceptable socializing? This is apparently …

Henry Lappen: Let trees do their part to lessen climate change

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Shutesbury residents should indeed be concerned about losing 30 acres of woodland for a “solar farm.” Everyone should be. Removing this much forest will release a great deal of carbon into the atmosphere and increase the temperature of the area, as well as destroying habitat and damaging the watershed. This is the wrong place for solar. We have so many …

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Katharine McMillan Roberts: Why a young teacher’s travel plans changed 50 years ago

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I saw your “A Look Back” listing of local events from 50 years ago (June 27-28) and can provide an update. I was that young French teacher in Room 206 at JFK Middle School who planned to teach in New England for two years and …

Byron Coley: A call to fight changes at radio station WMUA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To the editor: I read last week’s articles on the recent turmoil at WMUA with interest. Having been on the air at the station in the 1970s, and then doing underwriting with them in the 1990s, I felt as though I had some skin in the game. Over …

Caitlyn Shea Butler: Clarke school’s impact felt in Northampton community

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: A June 24 article in the Gazette describes Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech’s new relationship with Fontbonne University in St. Louis for their master’s of education of the deaf (MED) program. With many changes at Clarke in recent years, I think that it is …

Don Schneier: Can capitalism be moral force in fight against climate change?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: In his June 24 guest column in the Gazette, Bill Eacho ignores the fact that capitalism is an application of a species of morality usually called “egoism,” according to which one should act only in one’s self-interest. Capitalism is therefore inherently antithetical to what he …

Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet. On this same day, members of the …

Bill Diamond: Let’s expand solar power that can be sold to grid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: If you have solar cells on your home or business, “net metering” gives you a credit for electricity you don’t use and feed back to the grid. This makes it much more affordable to install solar. Right now, the existing caps on solar net metering …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Differing viewpoints no longer welcome at UMass radio station WMUA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure it is advisable to judge the motives and rationale of the University of Massachusetts students at radio station WMUA who forced the ouster of a community DJ (Max Shea) and the long-time station adviser (Glenn Siegel). Especially since the students who manage …

Peter Jessop: Spieth is great at golf, could use history lesson

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps Jordan Spieth should have finished his career at Texas. He might have developed a more “keen sense of history” than evidenced by his remarks after winning the U.S. Open. In discussing a previous visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, he alleges that …

Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …