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Marion W. Copeland: Headline not fair to those non-human animals

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: While I have no argument at all with Marilyn Marks’ Nov. 17 guest column, the choice of a headline — ”Naming all the animals of racism” — seems totally inappropriate to me. The only animal I know that has anything to do with racism and certainly with “racial microaggressions” is the human animal. The headline itself strikes me as a speciesist microagression, all the more egregious because …

Hill Boss: Students at Smith show contempt for value of free press

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is dead at Smith College — or at least it was one day last week. When the students at a rally held on an open campus prevented media coverage of an event Nov. 18 they indulged in the same sort of ugly censorship so often used by racist Southerners in the 1960’s and …

John Zokowski: President Obama failing at duty to keep America safe

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

To the editor: Politics aside, the first and foremost responsibility of the president of the United States is to do all that he or she can do to protect the United States of America. President Obama is sworn to preserve, protect and defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. If there is even an infinitesimal chance that there is a terrorist …

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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 …

Don Lesser: Without trash cans, Amherst busy street will stay messy

Monday, November 9, 2015

To the editor: I agree with a recent letter writer who said that the amount of trash on Amherst streets can be appalling. My wife and I walk from North Amherst to the university most mornings and along the way, we pick up trash. During the summer months, …

Michele Turner Bernhard: Parzybok is a scientist, not a drug dealer.

Monday, November 9, 2015

To the editor: Why was Ezra Parzybok, a pioneer in the field of medical marijuana, targeted as a criminal in this brief window of time between changes in marijuana legislation? And perhaps more disturbing, why is the Daily Hampshire Gazette alluding to Parzybok as a possible threat to …

Gaylord Saulsberry: Amherst should reject store’s alcohol license

Monday, November 9, 2015

To the editor: As a longtime resident of Amherst, I am decidedly concerned about the direction of the town. This concern begins with the increasing drive by the Select Board to commercialize of the core of the town. My most immediate concern rests with the application of the …