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David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: In response to the recent letter by a University of Massachusetts professor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance, I would appreciate his assistance in directing me to the clause in the Constitution that defines free speech as “only what liberal college professors have to say in one-sided, liberal-biased, half-truths to young and impressionable minds.” I know a young woman graduating from a local university who, when asked, could not name a single conservative professor at her school. Four years of study at one of the most prestigious schools in America, and not a single conservative professor to offer an opposing … 7

Dorothy Cresswell: Praises UMass students for ‘UMass United’ gathering

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: After reading so much negative publicity about UMass students lately, I have to share a different experience. Recently I had the opportunity to be on the UMASS campus and found the student body extremely calm, friendly and responsible. The event was the student-organized vigil in support of their fellow student … 0

Jacqueline Haskins Engel: American consumers like sheep led to the slaughter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: Recently there was an advertisement in the Gazette which included a long list of prescription medications offered at a steep discount through a company in Canada. Among others, they are prescribed for heart and lung diseases, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, and of course, impotence. In all, 56 drugs were listed. In the not too distant past, TV ads were primarily … 0

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David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Tina Daponde: S. Hadley school group applauds Jay Patruno

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: The South Hadley Educational Association believes strongly in partnering with our district administration and our community in creating the best possible schools for our students; as educators, all of our efforts in the current negotiation process are geared toward that end. While we appreciate our … 0

Bruce Laurie: Confused by Supreme Court campaign contribution ruling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

To the editor: Regarding the recent Supreme Court political campaign contributions decision, I would appreciate assistance from conservatives and originalists considerate enough to direct me to the clauses in the Constitution that define speech as money and further … 17

Viewpoints: Gazette readers sound off on the struggle over school resources

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Waiting for ‘robust’ investment in Easthampton’s schools I have lived in Easthampton more than a decade, watching with pride as it has bloomed as a cultural destination and a small business incubator. As a parent with two young … 2

Gloria Boudreau: How about not having all-freshman dorms at UMass?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: I agree with the March 29 letter writer’s comments and suggestions regarding drinking-related problems with UMass students, especially the school’s nationwide reputation as a “party school.” I don’t know how you can get rid of that disgraceful designation. I’d like to add another comment made … 0

Stephanie Pick: Aging parents letter shows lack of understanding

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Big decisions are hard enough without someone else making gross generalizations with disrespect and lack of empathy. I am referring to the March 18 column in which the writer purports that the only good option … 9

J.M. Sorrell: Raises questions about caring for aging parents

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: Peter Smolenski makes interesting points in his March 18 column about caring for aging parents at home. In my position as an advocate for residents of nursing homes and rest homes, I often work with staff and families to create a safe discharge plan to … 6

Seunghee Cha: Support the SSI Restoration Act for those in need

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To the editor: U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Elizabeth Warren D-Mass., have introduced legislation that would increase Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for the most vulnerable Americans. Congress created the SSI program in 1972 to assist the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and the blind. SSI provides need-based … 0

Elisa Campbell: Thanks to Higgins column on public and charter schools

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: Thank you Clare Higgins so much for your informed, informative and wise March 29 column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about public schools and charter schools and funding for them. I learned more from reading that column than from almost anything else I’ve read about … 0

Bill Arnold: Defends the civil rights of bicyclists

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: A few days ago, in a driving wind, I was riding my bike, head down, in the crosswalk by Bird’s Store in Florence when I sensed a vehicle to my right. I slowed as the … 2

Bernard Rubinstein: Since when do students deserve 'right' to party?

Monday, April 7, 2014

To the editor: In the March 28 Gazette article about the meeting between University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators and students, “several students raised concerns with UMass officials about being prohibited from holding parties on campus.” This attitude implies … 1