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Jennifer Ladd: Time is now for white people to do the right thing

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank Andrea Ayvazian for writing her column on Dec. 13. I agree with her 100 percent that we white people have the obligation and the opportunity to eliminate racism from our institutions, our systems, our norms, our personal interactions and conscious and unconscious thought. We can participate in our own liberation and work in solidarity and partnership with those who …

Lawrence Tucker: A challenge to Mount Holyoke’s leader: End gender barrier

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: Recent news articles have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of both Rose Olver and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Rose Olver was appropriately described as a role model, courageous, selfless, insightful and an inspiration. But perhaps the most fitting accolade, and the one honor that puts Rose Olver on a higher level, is her being praised as an …

Amy Brodigan, Jana McClure: Amherst Education Foundation stands for equity

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: As we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Amherst Education Foundation, we want to reaffirm our founding mission to promote educational equity, social justice, and diversity as central to achieving excellence in our schools. The past year has been challenging for our students, families, teachers, and community at large as we seek to engage in difficult conversations around race and racism. …

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John Diaz: Is Smith College president really saying all lives don’t matter?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: So the Smith College president, Kathleen McCartney, felt it was necessary to apologize for pointing out the obvious that “All lives matter” because it might offend someone? The amount of white-guilt felt by so many on the left for things they had no part of …

Tracey A. Putnam Culver: Where is taxpayer outrage over high state salaries?

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: A recent article in the Gazette listed the highest state employee earners. These are state employees whose salaries are paid for with our tax dollars. All of these top wage earners are University of Massachusetts employees. UMass is a state school, funded by our tax …

Judy Markland: Elevator inspection schedule should consider extent of use

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: We in Whately were surprised to read your editorial “Getting nowhere fast on elevator safety” (Dec. 1), pointing out that the inspection backlog hasn’t decreased — surprised because our one-story church lift is inspected once a year like clockwork. Probably we shouldn’t be surprised. The …

Max Page: A question to ponder on issue of UMass football

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: Four years ago, when the UMass administration decided to spend tens of millions of dollars moving our football team up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the big-time college league, we were all told it was partly to help us gain entrance into the American Association …

Joseph Manning: Hippopotamus for sale? It happened 50 year ago

Friday, December 12, 2014

To the editor: In the Gazette on Dec. 8, an article from 50 years ago appeared in the “A Look Back” column. I quote: “The humane instincts of three Smith College girls today posed them with something of a dilemma — a 4,000-pound dilemma! The three, Ann Longfellow, …

Julia Persinger: Call on Congress to reauthorize wind-energy tax credits

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: In regards to a recent letter in the Gazette about switching to renewable energy, it’s great to see individuals taking the initiative to fight climate change. I know I plan to make that switch when I purchase a home, and having people lead the way …

Roger Herman: Why America is crying over death of Michael Brown

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: Ben Boychuk’s guest column comments in your Dec. 3 issue are full of misconceptions about the Michael Brown killing. I would like to address two of them. Boychuk mentions the misdeeds of “the ones doing the crying.” My experience is that the people who are …

John Diaz: How about more conservative cartoons in pages of the Gazette?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: I’m sure everyone who reads the Gazette knows it’s a liberal newspaper, like most of them. But do your editorial cartoons have to be hugely biased to the left also? Ninety-nine percent of your editorial cartoons seem to be bad-mouthing the police, Republicans, the military, …

Alden E. Bacon: Williamsburg cemetery board explains removal of flags

Thursday, December 11, 2014

To the editor: After a critical letter appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg, the cemetery association felt a response was in order. This year the cemetery has a new board of directors and a new superintendent. Together, we are trying very …

Mark LaChance: Letter praising Amherst BID salt in the wounds

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: I find the timing of a letter (“Thanks Amherst BID for wonderful flower displays,” Dec. 3), and the Gazette’s decision to publish it, highly questionable. At a time when Northampton needs to comes together, this seemed like salt in our wounds. Mark LaChance Florence …