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Rob Stinson: UMass must mediate, solve problem at WMUA

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: Although I have been a longtime supporter of WMUA, I could not in good conscience send in a contribution during the radio station’s annual fund drive because I felt it would be tantamount to a tacit approval of its management status quo. The initial upheaval at the University of Massachusetts station and its aftermath has gone unresolved since April. This is completely unacceptable. Seven months should have …

Nathan Proctor: Rep. Neal should rethink his stance on corporate tax loophole

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: Recently in front of the National Press Club, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the sorry state of corporate taxes, highlighting how the largest companies in America can pay nearly nothing in taxes. She called one proposed loophole, dubbed the “innovation box,” a loophole co-sponsored in Congress by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield. It probably won’t surprise you that many of …

Sue Norton: One for State Department’s prescription for ISIS

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: What is ISIS? Where did it come from? Has the U.S. been involved? Should we be? Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department official for 29 years, addressed these questions during a program held at First Churches of Northampton Nov. 18. She was one of three government officials who resigned in protest when the U.S. invaded Iraq. …

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Jim Oldham: Coverage unclear on Amherst Town Meeting financial decision

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: The Nov. 6 article headlined “Amherst TM defeats building fund” was confusing if not misleading. Town Meeting’s vote to put $650,702 into the existing stabilization fund was a vote in favor of saving for future needs. The vote followed Amherst’s existing financial management policies and …

John Boothroyd: Bad economy often a factor in drug addiction

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Mexican drug cartels are doing to the U.S. what the Europeans did to the China in 18th and 19th centuries. Vietnam supplied heroin to U.S. troops, addicting many. Bored and unfulfilled people are easily addicted if a cheap supply is provided. What else do the …

Blair Barondes: Northampton’s move in PILOT unfairly targets nonprofits

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Unfortunately, there is nothing voluntary in Northampton’s proposed payment in lieu of taxes program, or PILOT. The city plans to establish an amount due, track payments and publicly share what each organization has paid. How can this not be construed as anything but coercive? If …

Ellen Augarten: Northampton Arts Council’s juried biennial exhibit a ‘huge success’

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: As a board member of the Northampton Arts Council, I wish to publicly thank Provisions of Northampton for its generous contribution of providing a beautiful spread of refreshments, including wine and beer, at the opening of Motion/Emotion at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. The …

Michelle Otis: Let Easthampton entrepreneur help city expand its economy

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: As an Easthampton taxpayer, I resent the amount of city resources being wasted by the activities of six resident taxpayers who live in an industrial zone. I recently attended Easthampton board meetings where the feelings, wants and needs of these Easthampton residents have been on …

Mary L. Wentworth: Amherst should shop local on solar project, or handle project itself

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Little doubt exists that there is strong support in Amherst for constructing a photovoltaic facility on our capped landfill. A question needs to be asked, though, about who should do it. Some make a cogent argument that the town should. Toward this end, the state …

Hannah Durrant: Many to thank for successful School Local kick off event

Thursday, November 12, 2015

To the editor: When hundreds gathered at City Hall Oct. 22 for the kickoff of the School Local Northampton Campaign, the message was clear: we have much to celebrate in our local public schools. The success of the event reflects the power and integrity of our local school …

Tom Wolff: CDH’s free care not an answer to city’s PILOT request

Thursday, November 12, 2015

To the editor: The headline of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Nov. 6 guest column in response to the Northampton mayor’s PILOT proposal boldly states “CDH provides $270,000 in free care.” CDH needs to be praised for its free care but we need to be clear that free care is …

Paul M. Craig: Sanders’ view of government in line with Founding Fathers

Thursday, November 12, 2015

To the editor: I can hardly wait to vote for Bernie Sanders. He understands the difference between real workers’ rights and fictive corporate rights distorted by a government gone berserk. He understands labor creates wealth but that such wealth is stolen by a political and corporate cabal. He …

Carol Lewis: Someone else’s bad actions never an excuse for our own misdeeds

Thursday, November 12, 2015

To the editor: A note on respect. In a Nov. 4 letter, the writer spoke of a lack of respect as the cause of “the overreaction by the police officer,” in the case of the South Carolina student who was dragged from her classroom. My question for the …