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Dave Roitman: Call on Baker to make fair carbon pricing part of climate strategy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Several of us have written in previous Gazette pieces about the importance of carbon pricing. In brief, in survey after survey, over 90 percent of economists say that putting a price on carbon is the most effective and efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. Two bills are stalled in the Massachusetts Legislature that would price carbon for transportation and heating fuels. The statewide coalition supporting these bills …

Patty Kimura: As commoner, Gen. Amherst would never have been a ‘lord’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: It’s been interesting to read the spirited letters by passionate Amherst College alumni for and against the removal of the name “Lord Jeff” from official Amherst College. But one odd thing has piqued my interest about the use of the name “Lord Jeff” to allegedly honor the British General for whom the town is named. According to Debretts, the British …

Steven Barrett: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders ‘laughable’

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

To the editor: Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Bernie Sanders for what she called “artful smear” is laughable compared to what Clinton’s top surrogates, particularly Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s been saying about the Vermont senator’s openly admitted socialist beliefs. The old guard’s subplot goes like this: “Well, Bernie’s got some great ideas, but his socialist ideas are going to get us mauled.” What’s more …

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David Ball: Bernie Sanders is not telling a ‘fish tale,’ as columnist claims

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: Columnist Adam Fisher’s column in the Jan. 20 Gazette suggests that Bernie Sanders is telling us “nice fish tales” that need a “reality check.” ​Senator Sanders won four mayoral elections and eight congressional elections, two of them to the Senate — not by telling fish …

Madison McGlone: Urges participation in the ‘Great Massachusetts Cleanup’

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the editor: So far, the amount of snowfall this winter is nowhere near the levels we experienced last year. While this is good news for municipal snow removal budgets across Massachusetts, the lack of snow is bad news for anyone who enjoys a break from seeing the …

Joan W. Lisak: A tricky fundraising move by UMass and WMUA

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: On Nov. 7, WMUA, the UMass radio station, extended the broadcast hours for polka radio to raise money for the station. They took in over $24,000 from polka programming. Eight weeks later, the university reduced the regular broadcast hours for polka by about 75 percent. …

David Kaufman: Why can mayor can use public property for political movement?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: With regards to the story about our Northampton mayor deciding to display a Black Lives Matter banner on our city property, I am wondering what will be the cue for him to decide to take it down? Are there benchmarks within that movement that will …

Joe Gannon: On that guy who ‘risked all’ by flying Confederate flag in his garage

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: I want to salute the razor sharp thinking and unbridled heroism of the Northampton resident who recently wrote of his courageous decision to take up the cause of the Confederate battle flag. Who can blame him for decrying the creeping liberal fascism of the “Politically …

Jennifer L. Lee: Meeting to chart course for personal care attendant program

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To the editor: Did you know that MassHealth’s Personal Care Attendant program is a fundamental part of the lives of many people with disabilities? In fact, without PCA services, many individuals would be unable to live in their community or remain in their homes. Last year, Stavros and …

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 …