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Joseph Madenski: ‘Tiny house’ creator in Hadley needed to follow the same rules as everyone

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: I have been reading articles in the Gazette and letters to the editor regarding the “tiny house” located on East Street in Hadley. I commend the young woman who created it for investigating a more inexpensive lifestyle. According to the articles, she had help from parents and this was related to her studies at Mount Holyoke College. I am a neighbor on Newton Lane and have driven …

Theodore K. Selkirk, Jr.: Time to expand definition of statutory rape?

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: The front page headline in the Jan. 27 Gazette illustrates the need for expansion of the legal definition of statutory rape to include actions against a victim who is not in any condition to give consent at the time (as seen also in other high-profile cases and allegations). Theodore K. Selkirk Jr. Northampton …

Becky Shannon: Looking on a bright side of Quabbin snake project

Friday, February 12, 2016

To the editor: Recent letters opposing the planned introduction of endangered timber rattlesnakes to an island in the Quabbin Reservoir say that the money should be spent differently, e.g. to reduce the tick population. Rattlesnakes feed on rodents; mice are the incubators of ticks and their diseases. It is the rodents that must be dealt with if we are to reduce the prevalence …

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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 …

Shel Horowitz: Suit against anti-gay pastor runs counter to First Amendment

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the editor: As someone who spent three years (1983-85) on the Northampton Pride march organizing committee and who ran three different LGB organizations in the 1970s, I agree that the Rev. Scott Lively’s homophobic statements are despicable. I agree that the horrible Ugandan “Kill the Gays” law …

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” …