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H.R. Hartzler: Perhaps Lord Jeffs should become the Fluffy Snowflakes

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: Halfway measures are unconvincing. If the students of Amherst College really want to disassociate themselves from Lord Jeffrey Amherst, they must deny his last name as well as his first. Amherst College should not be the school’s name. Unfortunately, if the college should continue to be located where it is, it would be in the town of Amherst, whatever name it might choose. I suggest that Amherst …

Peter Weitzman: Local Republican leader’s take on PILOT is Trump-like in nature

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: As I read the screed that Joseph Tarantino wrote regarding Mayor David Narkewicz and his PILOT plan for nonprofits, I could not help but be dismayed. In contrast to the thoughtful analysis by Nat Reade, as well as many other guest columns regarding the PILOT program, the snide barbs and put downs only diminish any sense of a cohesive or …

Max Page: State’s education board remains committed to destructive testing

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

To the editor: I respectfully disagree with your editorial endorsing the recent vote of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to create an “MCAS 2.0.” That Mitchell Chester, the head of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium, or PARCC, was forced to scrap his dream of dropping the MCAS in order to adopt the Bill Gates-funded PARCC …

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Blair Barondes: Northampton’s move in PILOT unfairly targets nonprofits

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Unfortunately, there is nothing voluntary in Northampton’s proposed payment in lieu of taxes program, or PILOT. The city plans to establish an amount due, track payments and publicly share what each organization has paid. How can this not be construed as anything but coercive? If …

Ellen Augarten: Northampton Arts Council’s juried biennial exhibit a ‘huge success’

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: As a board member of the Northampton Arts Council, I wish to publicly thank Provisions of Northampton for its generous contribution of providing a beautiful spread of refreshments, including wine and beer, at the opening of Motion/Emotion at the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library. The …

Michelle Otis: Let Easthampton entrepreneur help city expand its economy

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: As an Easthampton taxpayer, I resent the amount of city resources being wasted by the activities of six resident taxpayers who live in an industrial zone. I recently attended Easthampton board meetings where the feelings, wants and needs of these Easthampton residents have been on …

Mary L. Wentworth: Amherst should shop local on solar project, or handle project itself

Friday, November 13, 2015

To the editor: Little doubt exists that there is strong support in Amherst for constructing a photovoltaic facility on our capped landfill. A question needs to be asked, though, about who should do it. Some make a cogent argument that the town should. Toward this end, the state …

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 …