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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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Ted Kallman: ‘Moral fundamentalists’ could find better way to improve society today

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the editor: Re: The Lord Jeff, etc. As a college history professor and a veteran of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations in the 1960s and 1970s, I am having a hard time sympathizing with the college student protests regarding mascots, building names, “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” …

J.M. Sorrel: Pastor’s words give license to hurt lesbians and gay men

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the editor: I cannot think of anyone more antithetical to moral values than the so-called “Reverend” Scott Lively. His hate speech no doubt contributes to the fast-rising numbers of Americans who identify as secular humanists — as either agnostic or atheist. Kind-hearted people would never choose his …

Pete Westover: Keep the warmongers on campaign trail out of office

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: Rachel Maddow quotes Thomas Jefferson as saying that once we have a standing army we are “constantly scanning the horizon for a speck of war.” Ronald Reagan badly lost his first six primaries in 1980 before persuading people that the country was in danger of …

Whitney McMackin: Former NHS teacher raps shallow analyses of cause of opioid epidemic

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: As we enter the election season, I am disappointed in some of the articles and legislation being reported and discussed in the media. As a scientist by trade, I am invested in understanding the elements that drive issues, evidence-based decisions and long-term growth. As the …

Christine Mulcahy: Right education choice is backing traditional public schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: In his state of the state address, Gov. Baker called for an increase in the number of charter schools. Republican reformers have always favored school choice, erroneously assuming that competition makes all schools better. However, since vouchers for private and religious schools have failed to …

Becky Reed: Why passing a GMO labeling bill necessary for all

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: As a family nurse practitioner in primary care for over 30 years, I have seen a great deal of suffering. Diseases such as food allergies, autism, acid reflux and depression, which were rare when I started to practice, are now very common. We all notice …

David Ball: Bernie Sanders is not telling a ‘fish tale,’ as columnist claims

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: Columnist Adam Fisher’s column in the Jan. 20 Gazette suggests that Bernie Sanders is telling us “nice fish tales” that need a “reality check.” ​Senator Sanders won four mayoral elections and eight congressional elections, two of them to the Senate — not by telling fish …

Madison McGlone: Urges participation in the ‘Great Massachusetts Cleanup’

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: So far, the amount of snowfall this winter is nowhere near the levels we experienced last year. While this is good news for municipal snow removal budgets across Massachusetts, the lack of snow is bad news for anyone who enjoys a break from seeing the …

Joan W. Lisak: A tricky fundraising move by UMass and WMUA

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: On Nov. 7, WMUA, the UMass radio station, extended the broadcast hours for polka radio to raise money for the station. They took in over $24,000 from polka programming. Eight weeks later, the university reduced the regular broadcast hours for polka by about 75 percent. …

David Kaufman: Why can mayor can use public property for political movement?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: With regards to the story about our Northampton mayor deciding to display a Black Lives Matter banner on our city property, I am wondering what will be the cue for him to decide to take it down? Are there benchmarks within that movement that will …