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Katie Allan Zobel: A hearty thanks to Valley Gives honors

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I have been struggling to find a way to thank 14,189 people. This is the number of people who gave so generously to local nonprofits during Valley Gives Day. I get a hand cramp just thinking about it. Yes, the massive numbers of thank-you notes are daunting, but what is even more challenging is figuring out a way to say thank you that expresses the kind of …

Jennifer Ladd: Time is now for white people to do the right thing

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: I want to take a moment to thank Andrea Ayvazian for writing her column on Dec. 13. I agree with her 100 percent that we white people have the obligation and the opportunity to eliminate racism from our institutions, our systems, our norms, our personal interactions and conscious and unconscious thought. We can participate in our own liberation and work …

Lawrence Tucker: A challenge to Mount Holyoke’s leader: End gender barrier

Friday, December 19, 2014

To the editor: Recent news articles have highlighted the lives and accomplishments of both Rose Olver and Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Rose Olver was appropriately described as a role model, courageous, selfless, insightful and an inspiration. But perhaps the most fitting accolade, and the one honor that puts Rose Olver on a higher level, is her being praised as an …

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Mark LaChance: Letter praising Amherst BID salt in the wounds

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: I find the timing of a letter (“Thanks Amherst BID for wonderful flower displays,” Dec. 3), and the Gazette’s decision to publish it, highly questionable. At a time when Northampton needs to comes together, this seemed like salt in our wounds. Mark LaChance Florence …

Julie Mencher: Provocative questions raised by Bloom column

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: In Prof. Peter Bloom’s provocative guest column (“Mission and admission at Smith: A call to mind over body,” Dec. 3), he argues that since 21st century notions of gender make the very defining of “women” impossible, Smith should alter its purpose from single-sex women’s college …

Emmett Barcalow: State needs to step forward in police shootings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: Not again. Another unarmed black man, Eric Garner, killed by a white police officer and a grand jury in New York won’t even indict. It looks to me that our society has given the police a license to kill black males with impunity. As a …

Alex Kent: Amherst developer should help with parking solution

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: In a more perfect world, people would live in downtown areas without cars. They would walk, ride bikes or use public transportation. In that more perfect world, Amherst developer Archipelago Investment’s argument that its Kendrick Place and One East Pleasant rental apartments will be attractive …

Henry Lappen: Mums live on in local art show

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: With regard to the picture of mums being tossed on the compost pile, not all of the Smith College Greenhouse Mum Show met that fateful end. A significant portion of the flowers is moving nearby to the APE Gallery on Main Street to become part …

Catherine Etheridge: No matter who dies, all lives matter

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: I’m glad for the interest in the young men who have been killed by police officers lately, but I think the people demonstrating for justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown would gain more sympathy if they were more inclusive. I am intensely aware of …

Tom Lynn: Public lynching of Bill Cosby hypocritical

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the editor: I am disappointed, but not surprised, at the treatment of Bill Cosby in your newspaper. Cosby is being tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, aided greatly by your stories, interviews and editorial. If you or I were in a similar position, and …

David Katz: Police response needs more training

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: The shooting death of Michael Brown by the police in Ferguson, Missouri, continues to stir passion for both those who supported the actions of the police officer and those who did not. The former feel that, if Officer Wilson felt threatened to the extent he …

Catherine Bartlett: ‘Lives ruined’ in recent story applies to all

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: As I looked at the photographs of Janice Hoffman, giving her statement to Judge Rup and at the profile of Mauricio Velasquez, awaiting his sentencing for the deaths of his daughter, and Janice’s husband, Charles, I was overcome by a profound sense of sorrow. Mr. …

Robert E. Weir: UMass should follow UAB lead and drop football

Monday, December 8, 2014

To the editor: Matt Vautour continues to be the drum major for big-time UMass football. He might wish to look over his shoulder to see that no one else is marching in his parade. His latest suggestion revolves around the impending decision of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to …