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Dick Kisloski: UMass should take hard look at athletics

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

To the editor: Maybe it is a good time for UMass to take a good hard look at its priorities. The trustees have raised next year’s tuition to the student body. At the same time a new $30 million champions center is being built for the women and mens basketball teams. The football team got new lockers, weight training and coaches offices at McQuirk. New artificial turf for Garber field. …

Jonathan Klate: When rights are extended, what’s there to lose?

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: Same-sex marriage is protested by some heterosexuals with the argument, whether based upon religious conviction or anything else, that their own rights are diminished by its legality, that they are losing a privilege they have enjoyed. This is a general sentiment commonly expressed by some members of majority groups when a minority group acquires a status or power that the …

Marianne Preger-Simon: We are witnessing tragedy of uncontrolled drinking

Monday, July 6, 2015

To the editor: The eight- to 12-year jail sentences for the UMass students convicted of rape strikes me as the most futile use of state funds anyone could devise. Of course rape is a devastating experience for anyone. But what are college students doing getting so drunk that they lose all inhibitions and judgment? How can that be acceptable socializing? This is apparently …

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David Keir: Smith Academy thanks Hopkins for well wishes in state finals

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I opened my Gazette sports section last Friday to continue reading about the U.S Open, only to find a beautiful color advertisement wishing the Smith Academy Falcons baseball team good luck in the state finals on Saturday from the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. I cannot …

Susan Kennedy Marx: Juneteenth allowed Amherst to focus on oneness, amity

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Nine people engaged in study and prayer in one of the most historic churches in this country were shot and killed last Wednesday, June 17. The recurring cycle of violence was unleashed on black and brown family and community members at the historic Emanuel A.M.E …

David Arbeitman: Greatly concerned Baker will gut regulations that protect state

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I am concerned about Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations and the elimination of any state regulations that are more stringent than their federal counterparts. When it comes to our air, our water and our lands, Massachusetts has …

Norene Roberts: Directors of movie being filmed need a lesson in horses

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Great idea to film some of “A Quiet Passion” in the area for authenticity. But in the hearse scene, the directors used the wrong breed of horses and the wrong tack. Draft horses for hearses and carriages? Heavy yokes and harnesses for plowing? Is this …

John A. O’Connor: Dog park on old state hospital land should survive

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: I attended the meeting at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that addressed the future of the 300-acre property in Northampton that was previously the grounds for the state hospital. I expected that this would be an occasion to entertain various sentiments for the use …

John Montanari: Vision for future on climate change already under way

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: While Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si’” has made headlines around the world, I strongly urge those concerned about climate change to read another recent document on the subject. Produced by an international group of 18 accomplished scientists, scholars and thinkers, “An Ecomodernist Manifesto” (www.ecomodernism.org) proceeds …

Roger Conant: Advises pedestrians to walk along roadways facing traffic

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Yet another avoidable pedestrian death. The Gazette recently reported about a lawsuit in the wake of an incident last year in which a pedestrian walking her bike was hit from behind and killed. A few years back I kept a one-year tally, which revealed that …

Michael Biegner: Shooting reminds us we need to find way out of our anger

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: It was a murder in the cathedral. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ty Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Mira Thompson and Daniel Simmons. They wanted to pray. They wanted to understand the scriptures. That was all they wanted that evening. Please, …

Karin Olsson: Learn from history about what’s best for public health

Saturday, June 20, 2015

To the editor: In the words of Yogi Berra, it feels like “deja vu all over again.” I’m dismayed to read that discussions about legalizing marijuana have not yet addressed the hazards of second-hand smoke, especially on vulnerable populations (e.g. the young, elders, and people with a host …

Joseph Curran: Hey regulators, leave our bodies to ourselves

Saturday, June 20, 2015

To the editor: Progressives who are giddily embracing the government’s new ban on trans fats should think twice. This new regulation, which was implemented without a single vote from an American voter or congressional representative, breaks new ground in coercive paternalism. Yes, it does appear that this type …