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Dave King: Two key decisions are encouraging for environment

Monday, November 30, 2015

To the editor: There were two terrific pieces of news last month for those of us concerned about the future habitability of this planet. President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline in a courageous act of leadership that will seriously reduce the prospects for continued tar sand oil extraction, which has destroyed huge tracts of boreal forests, polluted water supplies and contributes more than three times as much carbon …

Ed Jazab: Why shouldn’t needs of Americans come first?

Monday, November 30, 2015

To the editor: In reference to the Syrian refugee question, please do not mistake my anger for fear. I am not afraid of the Syrians or that ISIS will sneak into the U.S. posing as refugees. In reality, there is very little any of us can do to deter a terrorist strike. Whether the refugees would be a burden or a boom to …

Caleb Warren: Focus on more important issues than Lord Jeff mascot

Monday, November 30, 2015

To the editor: I think Amherst College students’ efforts and concerns about Lord Jeff would be better directed toward more important issues, such as the erosion of abortion rights and the disenfranchisement of blacks at the voting polls. If the issue of Lord Jeff the mascot is that important, perhaps we should consider changing both the name of the college and the town …

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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 …

Terry Franklin: Government, newspaper will not decide Extravaganja’s future site

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To the editor: In a Gazette editorial last week, the Cannabis Reform Coalition at the University of Massachusetts was told it was time to move its marijuana legalization rally from Amherst Common. Editor Larry Parnass repeated that sentiment on Bob Flaherty’s radio show on WHMP. Police Chief Scott …

Anne Fine: Glad Parzybok got probation, but questions double standard

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To the editor: Since learning of Ezra Parzybok’s reasonable treatment by the law for producing and distributing marijuana, I have been wrestling with the decision’s reflection of the double standard inherent in our criminal justice system. Parzybok will have no criminal record and no finding of guilt, yet …

Dennis Bidwell: Dostal’s love for river, athletics help launch rowing program

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To the editor: Hundreds of people have extremely fond remembrances of Jim Dostal. Here’s one of mine, which involves the intersection of Jim’s well-deserved pride for cleaning up the Connecticut River with his passion for Hamp High athletics. In the summer of 1998, after our daughter Kelly and …