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Marion W. Copeland: Headline not fair to those non-human animals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: While I have no argument at all with Marilyn Marks’ Nov. 17 guest column, the choice of a headline — ”Naming all the animals of racism” — seems totally inappropriate to me. The only animal I know that has anything to do with racism and certainly with “racial microaggressions” is the human animal. The headline itself strikes me as a speciesist microagression, all the more egregious because …

Hill Boss: Students at Smith show contempt for value of free press

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is dead at Smith College — or at least it was one day last week. When the students at a rally held on an open campus prevented media coverage of an event Nov. 18 they indulged in the same sort of ugly censorship so often used by racist Southerners in the 1960’s and …

John Zokowski: President Obama failing at duty to keep America safe

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: Politics aside, the first and foremost responsibility of the president of the United States is to do all that he or she can do to protect the United States of America. President Obama is sworn to preserve, protect and defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If there is even an infinitesimal chance that there is a terrorist …

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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 …

David E. Katz: Setting the record straight over columnist’s take on Clinton

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To the editor: Thanks to Jay Fleitman for trying to set us Right about Hillary Clinton in his Nov. 3 column in the Gazette. However, some assertions need to be challenged. Addressing his last sentence first, Bernie Sanders is polling higher than all 15 of the Republican candidates …

Paul Slater: Generals who knew a thing or two about reality of war

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To the editor: “You have to faces the realities, boys, war is all hell.” — Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. “Men who are acquainted with the battlefield will not be among the numbers who glibly speak about the next war.” — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. They sure got that …

Chris Tucker: Smith College should pay bill for downtown bomb scare

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To the editor: On the evening of Nov. 5, all hell broke loose on Main Street in downtown Northampton. Main Street was taped off and closed all the way from the Main-King-Pleasant intersection to the Academy of Music. No car could enter downtown Northampton for two hours. What …