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Rob Stinson: UMass must mediate, solve problem at WMUA

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: Although I have been a longtime supporter of WMUA, I could not in good conscience send in a contribution during the radio station’s annual fund drive because I felt it would be tantamount to a tacit approval of its management status quo. The initial upheaval at the University of Massachusetts station and its aftermath has gone unresolved since April. This is completely unacceptable. Seven months should have …

Nathan Proctor: Rep. Neal should rethink his stance on corporate tax loophole

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: Recently in front of the National Press Club, Sen. Elizabeth Warren called out the sorry state of corporate taxes, highlighting how the largest companies in America can pay nearly nothing in taxes. She called one proposed loophole, dubbed the “innovation box,” a loophole co-sponsored in Congress by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield. It probably won’t surprise you that many of …

Sue Norton: One for State Department’s prescription for ISIS

Sunday, November 29, 2015

To the editor: What is ISIS? Where did it come from? Has the U.S. been involved? Should we be? Ann Wright, a retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department official for 29 years, addressed these questions during a program held at First Churches of Northampton Nov. 18. She was one of three government officials who resigned in protest when the U.S. invaded Iraq. …

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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 …

John Sinton: Urges WMUA supporters to withhold contributions

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To the editor: I am urging everyone who cares about WMUA to withhold his or her contribution to the radio station this year until Glenn Siegel is rehired and the University of Massachusetts administration addresses the concerns of the student body, the general community and staff at the …

Nancy Hamel: Former teacher says ‘sick’ schools need replaced

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To the editor: I left teaching at Fort River School in Amherst over 20 years ago. At that time, I suffered from chronic sinus infections. I remember the issues of the leaking roof, moldy carpeting, stained moldy ceiling tiles and poor air quality. I thought those issues were …

Anne Awad: Zoning bylaw proposal bad idea for South Hadley

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

To the editor: I alert residents of South Hadley to a proposed zoning bylaw that will be presented to the special Town Meeting on Nov. 18. This bylaw proposes to allow conversion of single-family homes to two-family homes along Route 116 from the South Hadley Falls to the …

Charles Schweik: Amherst Media needs community support for permanent space

Monday, November 9, 2015

To the editor: I am a regular Daily Hampshire Gazette reader and usually appreciate your viewpoints, but your Oct. 19 editorial on the Amherst Media land deal concluded with the wrong message. Instead of emphasizing “promises coming short” in the land deal, the Gazette should have emphasized that …