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Dave Roitman: Call on Baker to make fair carbon pricing part of climate strategy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Several of us have written in previous Gazette pieces about the importance of carbon pricing. In brief, in survey after survey, over 90 percent of economists say that putting a price on carbon is the most effective and efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. Two bills are stalled in the Massachusetts Legislature that would price carbon for transportation and heating fuels. The statewide coalition supporting these bills …

Patty Kimura: As commoner, Gen. Amherst would never have been a ‘lord’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: It’s been interesting to read the spirited letters by passionate Amherst College alumni for and against the removal of the name “Lord Jeff” from official Amherst College. But one odd thing has piqued my interest about the use of the name “Lord Jeff” to allegedly honor the British General for whom the town is named. According to Debretts, the British …

Steven Barrett: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders ‘laughable’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders for what she called “artful smear” is laughable compared to what Clinton’s top surrogates, particularly Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s been saying about the Vermont senator’s openly admitted socialist beliefs. The old guard’s subplot goes like this: “Well, Bernie’s got some great ideas, but his socialist ideas are going to get us mauled.” What’s more …

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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” …

J.M. Sorrel: Pastor’s words give license to hurt lesbians and gay men

Friday, January 29, 2016

To the editor: I cannot think of anyone more antithetical to moral values than the so-called “Reverend” Scott Lively. His hate speech no doubt contributes to the fast-rising numbers of Americans who identify as secular humanists — as either agnostic or atheist. Kind-hearted people would never choose his …

Pete Westover: Keep the warmongers on campaign trail out of office

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: Rachel Maddow quotes Thomas Jefferson as saying that once we have a standing army we are “constantly scanning the horizon for a speck of war.” Ronald Reagan badly lost his first six primaries in 1980 before persuading people that the country was in danger of …

Whitney McMackin: Former NHS teacher raps shallow analyses of cause of opioid epidemic

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: As we enter the election season, I am disappointed in some of the articles and legislation being reported and discussed in the media. As a scientist by trade, I am invested in understanding the elements that drive issues, evidence-based decisions and long-term growth. As the …

Christine Mulcahy: Right education choice is backing traditional public schools

Thursday, January 28, 2016

To the editor: In his state of the state address, Gov. Baker called for an increase in the number of charter schools. Republican reformers have always favored school choice, erroneously assuming that competition makes all schools better. However, since vouchers for private and religious schools have failed to …

Becky Reed: Why passing a GMO labeling bill necessary for all

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: As a family nurse practitioner in primary care for over 30 years, I have seen a great deal of suffering. Diseases such as food allergies, autism, acid reflux and depression, which were rare when I started to practice, are now very common. We all notice …