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John Ortiz: PC got you down? Pass Democratic Party by

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Have you had it with political correctness yet? If so, the solution is easy: Stop electing liberal Democrats. Simple. John Ortiz Sunderland …

Katharine Roberts: Double standard if Amherst name stays for town, college

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: Amherst College trustee chairman Cullen Murphy was quoted in the Jan. 27 Gazette as saying, “Amherst College will always be the name of the school.” Then in a Gazette editorial this paragraph: “The Lord Jeffrey Inn will get a new name but the college will not. The school is named after the town, Murphy said, not the general ....” Is …

Mary Gorman: Substitute teachers should make more than teen babysitters

Monday, February 8, 2016

To the editor: When I first worked as a substitute teacher in Amherst, back in 1988, the pay rate was $65 per day if you covered for an instructional paraprofessional, and $75 per day if you covered for a teacher. Twenty-eight years later, you still make $65 per day to be a para, and $75 for a teacher. Not only does this show …

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Jack Bresnahan: Frustrated by conduct in theft of American flag in Amherst

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I recently read about the theft of the American flag from the Spirit Haus in Amherst. The flag, which belongs to longtime owner Marvin Spence, has been there for the 46 years he has owned the establishment. In the Gazette’s report on the incident, he …

Margaret Walden: Paper wrong to support transgender rights in bill before Legislature

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I am appalled that the Gazette would write an editorial supporting laws giving special rights to transgendered people. You support the public accommodations bill before the Legislature, noting the right to use such public like restaurants, retail stores and theaters, which has never been questioned. …

Linda Saltmarsh: WMUA’s program cuts a blow against individuality

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I had to chuckle as I read Claudia Lefko’s guest column in the Jan. 19 Gazette. I had planned to write to register my opinion against the changes at WMUA radio. Then a few days went by and I said oh well, “Will anyone care …

Carl Vigeland: It’s about the teachers, not the buildings in Amherst

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: With regard to the recent School Committee vote in Amherst and this newspaper’s frivolous endorsement of same, are we truly to believe that the difference of two votes in a group barely elected by the general populace — and against a clear majority not only …

Layla Elkalali: Candidate should not bar Muslim entry into US

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I am a sixth-grader from Amherst responding to the story “Trump calls for ‘complete shutdown’ on Muslims entering US” in the Dec. 8 paper. I believe it is completely wrong for Trump to judge all Muslims because of what a small group of them did. …

Barbara Allen: Words of thanks for two kind passersby

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: I was shopping in Northampton on Jan. 14. I had just left the store Kestrel and was walking to my car. Suddenly I tripped and fell, banging my face on the cement. Momentarily dazed and hurt, I stayed put. Two wonderful strangers (a man and …

Jacob Mayfield: ‘Massaging numbers’ rather than solving problems in Amherst schools

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: The Amherst School Committee’s decision to support grade redistricting has nothing to do with equity. Do not accept the slight of hand. The Amherst public schools are unequal. However, the surface treatment of putting all children in the same building will likely worsen the issue. …

Peggy Matthews-Nilsen & Sigurd Nilsen: Groundwater contamination serious issue for Amherst

Monday, January 25, 2016

To the editor: Since 2011, we have been part of a group of Amherst residents opposed to placing a solar array on Amherst’s Old Landfill. Some have dismissed this opposition as a “NIMBY” response because some members of the group abut the Old Landfill. However, we are not …

Thomas Fil: UMass moves with WMUA shrink the ‘town-gown partnership’

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: I am disappointed with the University of Massachusetts’ decision to cut back weekend polka programs on WMUA by 75 percent. Polka programs connect WMUA and UMass to the local community through music and public service announcements. The polka program put UMass on the map worldwide. …

Steve Dunn: ‘Tiny house’ in Hadley channels spirit of Thoreau

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: I am writing in support of Sarah Hastings and her tiny house in Hadley, prompted in part by the Gazette’s article about a local resident who built a reproduction of Henry David Thoreau’s simple 150-square-foot cabin at Walden Pond. Thoreau’s connection to nature and simple …