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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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Rebecca Fricke: Amherst Farmers Market made great strides this season

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

To the editor: As the 2015 market season comes to a close the Amherst Agricultural Commission would like to acknowledge the gains the Amherst Farmers Market has made this year. We thank AFM Manager Tammy Ryan and the Amherst Farmers Market Committee for welcoming new Amherst farmers to …

John Montanari: Inaccuracy, political bias among reasons public distrusts media

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to the Gazette for its editorial in robust defense of the rights of journalists. That such a defense needed to be written is troubling, but good for the Gazette for doing so. When the subject turned to the public’s increased distrust in the media, …

Felicia Sevene: Great article on social worker, but headline too snarky

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

To the editor: It was a pleasure to discover in the paper on Nov. 10 the lengthy and thoughtfully written article spotlighting Jay Pasternack, a local social worker recently retired from ServiceNet. The article beautifully described Jay’s long connection to social work, beginning with his personal experience of …

Alex Kent: New manager in Amherst should be a woman or person of color

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: Now that Amherst’s Interim Town Manager David Ziomek has taken himself out of the running for the regular job, I believe it is time for Amherst to demonstrate leadership in appointing a town manager who embodies the inclusive values so many of us in this …

J. Brooks Ballenger: United States needs to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: The Trans-Pacific Partnership may seem far away and unimportant but it will hit pretty close to home when Massachusetts gets sued by a corporation for raising the minimum wage or requiring food safety labeling. Or when people are unable to afford life-saving medicines because of …

Amalia FourHawks: Student letters to veterans medicine to many hearts

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: One of the nice events of Veterans Day is the generous offers by some restaurants for a free meal for all vets. We went to Applebee’s in Hadley last night. There was a nice feeling in the air as vets greeted each other, identified by …

Marylou Theilman: Backers of charter study in Amherst should recall 2003

Monday, November 16, 2015

To the editor: Although it is not known what a new Charter Commission would propose for Amherst, in 2003 an Amherst Charter Commission proposed replacing representative Town Meeting with a nine-member elected Town Council, and replacing the Select Board with an elected mayor. The mayor would be the …

Jim Oldham: Coverage unclear on Amherst Town Meeting financial decision

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: The Nov. 6 article headlined “Amherst TM defeats building fund” was confusing if not misleading. Town Meeting’s vote to put $650,702 into the existing stabilization fund was a vote in favor of saving for future needs. The vote followed Amherst’s existing financial management policies and …

John Boothroyd: Bad economy often a factor in drug addiction

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Mexican drug cartels are doing to the U.S. what the Europeans did to the China in 18th and 19th centuries. Vietnam supplied heroin to U.S. troops, addicting many. Bored and unfulfilled people are easily addicted if a cheap supply is provided. What else do the …

Blair Barondes: Northampton’s move in PILOT unfairly targets nonprofits

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Unfortunately, there is nothing voluntary in Northampton’s proposed payment in lieu of taxes program, or PILOT. The city plans to establish an amount due, track payments and publicly share what each organization has paid. How can this not be construed as anything but coercive? If …