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Frederick Becklo: Shame on President Obama’s historical incompetence

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: Our country has been irreversibly damaged by President Obama’s historic incompetence ( both domestically and in foreign policy), his adolescent petulance and, in this writer’s opinion, a sense of entitlement that knows no boundaries. Frederick Becklo Florence …

Rainier Jewett: An urgent plea to save the planet’s animals

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing because I am very worried about the animals on our planet right now. I am actually kind of panicking because I can’t do anything about it by myself, and I am trying to get people’s attention. Humans on the planet are polluting so much that a lot of species of animals are dying. Have you noticed how …

Sidney Moss: We must get behind bill helping Postal Service

Thursday, January 29, 2015

To the editor: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vermont, has recently proposed an amendment to a bill pending in the full Senate cosponsored by both of our state U.S. senators. This bill would impose a two-year moratorium on the U.S. Postal Service plans to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying jobs, to close 82 mail-sorting plants and end overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. …

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H.R. Hartzler: President should make clear the threat of jihadism

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: I just heard the president of the United States. He would have us believe that he does not know who the terrorists in France are, or more precisely, what their affiliations are. Imposing that ignorance on the rest of us is a strategy for preventing …

C.L. Dick: ‘The Interview’ shows one US freedom at work

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: Regarding films like “The Interview” and North Korea: The First Amendment references to freedom of speech and of the press are intended to protect our people from a tyrannical government. The entertainment industry hides behind it in order to make money off outrageously sensational sex …

Becky Shannon: Waking up to our wasteful use of energy

Sunday, January 18, 2015

To the editor: Our planet is dying; climate calamity is our future. Yet our leaders fail to respond, instead doubling down on drilling and pipelines. Others believe that renewables can save the day — if we simply flip the switch in a different direction we can reduce CO2 …

Dorothea Munro: Wants Northampton to do the right thing for Stu Miller

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: It was nice to see the Gazette devote so much of the paper Jan. 6 to Stu Miller, my late brother-in-law. Stu was always proud of his hometown, Northampton, his family and his baseball career. It will be interesting to see what the Northampton Recreation …

Mark Gelotte: Damon Road signals test driver’s patience

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I was prompted to write after reading the Jan. 10 Gazette article, “High-speed rail, low-speed road” about traffic delays. Weeks ago, when I saw the new lights being installed on Damon Road in Northampton, I groaned in anticipation, (as I’m sure many others did) knowing …

Emily Starkweather: Appreciation for Amherst police officers’ ‘respect for black life’

Friday, January 16, 2015

To the editor: I have respect for the work that police officers do. But police, all police, need to stop defending themselves and admit that their fellow officers across the country have gotten away with murder. That’s the way the system has been set up and it’s time …

Alex Kent: Let’s have thicker skins about editorial cartoons

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: A letter-writer wonders (Jan. 10-11 Gazette), “Is it possible for this liberal newspaper to print an occasional editorial cartoon that doesn’t demonize America or our police officers.” My question in response: Are America and its police officers’ feelings so weak, so fragile and so easily …

David E. Schneider: Amherst school’s proposed schedule changes needs closer look

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: A proposal to change significantly the curriculum and schedule of the Amherst Regional Middle School is being rushed to the superintendent to meet a deadline mandated by the teachers’ union. A laudable desire to improve students’ learning motivates the proposal. Nevertheless, there are important details …

Steve Brown: How to help everyone deal with trauma in a world full of it

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I attended Calvin Terrell’s presentation on Sunday for Amherst Regional Middle School parents, where he modeled the presentation he originally did for students that stirred controversy. My seventh-grader found his talk moving and powerful. I understand other children found it distressing, even overwhelming. As a …

Kate Queeney: Story mischaracterized Columbine massacre cause

Thursday, January 15, 2015

To the editor: I did not attend Calvin Terrell’s Jan. 11 presentation for Amherst parents, but one passage in your coverage of this event disturbed me. After describing Terrell’s use of a school shooting scenario, the article says he “... explained that the shooting was a progression in …