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John Connolly: US leaders abandoned moral high ground after 9/11

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: I would like to register a protest against the terms of the current debate raging over the “torture report” of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Those who, like myself, are appalled by the practices of the CIA in the years immediately following the events of 9/11 should not have to claim that no actionable intelligence was gained by those practices. The reason the United States should not engage …

Barbara K. Clement: Smith College president’s apology not needed

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To the editor: To many of us, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney’s response of “all lives matter” to students protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement was appropriate. As was reported in the Gazette, one sophomore believed the president’s response was not sufficient and she demanded an apology, which, unfortunately, McCartney made. But you were wrong, Madame President: …

Sigrid Schmalzer: Pedestrians get short shrift in road safety changes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

To the editor: I am deeply distressed by the crosswalk accident that has left a beloved University of Massachusetts student, Chloe Rombach, in critical condition. Too many pedestrians and cyclists have been injured or killed locally in recent years. I cross at that crosswalk in Northampton almost every day: like many others, it is treacherous — but with more visible signs it could …

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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 …

Julie Mencher: Provocative questions raised by Bloom column

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: In Prof. Peter Bloom’s provocative guest column (“Mission and admission at Smith: A call to mind over body,” Dec. 3), he argues that since 21st century notions of gender make the very defining of “women” impossible, Smith should alter its purpose from single-sex women’s college …

Emmett Barcalow: State needs to step forward in police shootings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: Not again. Another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, killed by a white police officer and a grand jury in New York won’t even indict. It looks to me that our society has given the police a license to kill black males with impunity. As a …

Alex Kent: Amherst developer should help with parking solution

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: In a more perfect world, people would live in downtown areas without cars. They would walk, ride bikes or use public transportation. In that more perfect world, Amherst developer Archipelago Investment’s argument that its Kendrick Place and One East Pleasant rental apartments will be attractive …

Henry Lappen: Mums live on in local art show

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: With regard to the picture of mums being tossed on the compost pile, not all of the Smith College Greenhouse Mum Show met that fateful end. A significant portion of the flowers is moving nearby to the APE Gallery on Main Street to become part …