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Adam J. Kolek: Time for local government to admit when mistakes are made

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz would like us to believe that no one who works for the city was responsible for the fact that the city’s insurance company paid $52,500 to settle an unlawful and violent arrest case. What he didn’t say is that it is the taxes on Northampton citizens that pay the insurance premiums that fund this judgment. Our local government is made of individuals who …

Jude Spencer: It’s time to stop degrading misogyny in hip hop music

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: It seems idiotic to type reasons why we should stop misogyny in hip-hop music. It seems so obvious why men shouldn’t treat women like toys, and put sexism in music that thousands listen to. Rappers and hip-hop artists often use women as objects of sex, talking about them as if only their body exists. According to the “Misogyny in Hip-hop …

Joe Gensheimer: UMass needs fiscal restraint, not more funding from taxpayers

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

To the editor: Your Feb. 3 editorial, “Rosenberg sets down marker on improved higher ed funding,” is wrong or misguided in many respects. The University of Massachusetts is not underfunded. Its inexorable appetite for increased funding well in excess of inflation continues year after year. Simply walk around the campus in Amherst and marvel at the gorgeous new buildings: the Commonwealth School, exercise …

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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. …

Dan Ziomek: Did Amherst go overboard on Storm Jonas preparation?

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: Winter Storm Jonas was a blockbuster of a storm for much of the east coast. Up to two feet of snow and howling winds were common from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and even much of Cape Cod. But here in western Massachusetts, forecasters …

Ryan Mihaly: A mountain’s name can be changed, and so can a college’s

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: The Washington Redskins should change their name, the Cleveland Indians should change their name and Amherst College should one day change its name. Dropping Lord Jeff as its mascot is a major victory for the school’s activists who demanded the change, and I applaud the …

Walter Krzeminski: Time for Belichick to relinquish on-field head coaching

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is one of the best directors of player personnel in major professional sports, creating title contending rosters year after year while managing his salary cap restrictions almost miraculously. Belichick’s on-field head coaching abilities have declined immensely (useless trick …

Emma Buckley: We are one country. Let’s find that common ground

Monday, February 1, 2016

To the editor: I’m writing to share my opinion on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address. As a college student, I was happy to hear President Obama talk about issues like his effort for affordable college, protecting kids from gun violence and raising the minimum wage. …

Laura Fitch: Thankful for community’s rescue by Amherst Water Department staff

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: Thank you to the Amherst Water Department. Two Sundays ago, just in time for dinner and dishes, the water pressure dropped and emails started flying around our community asking “what’s with the water pressure?” It wasn’t long before we learned that a water main was …

Diane Martin: The lessons of the axing of WMUA programming

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: A beautiful tree has flourished in the Valley. The community has fed and cherished this tree. Children come and go. Many climb its branches for the many views of the Valley. They all listen to the various songs and voices from this tree. This tree …

Dr. Robert Abrams: Lord Jeff an easy target for scapegoating

Sunday, January 31, 2016

To the editor: As a member of the Amherst College Class of 1954, I had enjoyed the shared memories of singing “Old Lord Jeff was a soldier of the King” at our past reunions and after Amherst scored a touchdown, but this is now a thing of the …