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John J. Templeton Sr.: The Obama-Sanders comparison comes down to ‘fat cats’

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: I write in response to the article headlined “Obama allies bristle at comparisons between Sanders and the president.” There is no need to bristle. Both President Obama and Bernie Sanders have put forth a similar progressive vision for the average American: lower health care premiums, equal pay for women and stopping federal tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs over seas. Because Sanders doesn’t accept “fat cat” …

Jeannette Muzima: Protect our public schools from financial suffocation

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: Right on to the recent letter reminding us why charter schools are not in the best interests of the Commonwealth — to say the least. Let’s be very clear. While there may certainly be some benefits to some children who attend charter schools, the motivation behind creating charter schools, and increasing their numbers, both in the Commonwealth and nationally, is …

Phil Nash: Republican field should produce our next president

Friday, February 5, 2016

To the editor: It’s time to reflect on our presidential choices. Our overstocked field of Republicans continues to chip away its weakest candidates while Donald Trump consumes all the oxygen. Republicans have a stocked a field that includes a couple young firebrand senators certain to leave their mark. Even another Bush, certainly the smartest in the family. Despite our party’s robust intellectual debates, …

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Thomas Fil: UMass moves with WMUA shrink the ‘town-gown partnership’

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: I am disappointed with the University of Massachusetts’ decision to cut back weekend polka programs on WMUA by 75 percent. Polka programs connect WMUA and UMass to the local community through music and public service announcements. The polka program put UMass on the map worldwide. …

Steve Dunn: ‘Tiny house’ in Hadley channels spirit of Thoreau

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: I am writing in support of Sarah Hastings and her tiny house in Hadley, prompted in part by the Gazette’s article about a local resident who built a reproduction of Henry David Thoreau’s simple 150-square-foot cabin at Walden Pond. Thoreau’s connection to nature and simple …

Tom Zimnowski: State AG should review WMUA fundraising

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: How else can anyone explain what is going on at WMUA 91.1? As we have been told, it’s a student-run radio station supported by student fees. It seems to me that the students who eliminated, canned and threw to the curb longtime radio programs had …

Kristin DeBoer: Votes by lawmakers restore vital conservation tools

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the editor: In an age of political cynicism, it is too easy to overlook leadership and progress. I write today to publicly thank U.S. Reps. James McGovern and Richard Neal and Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren for their votes last month to make permanent a federal …

Gordon Massman: Coverage of lottery winners is for losers

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the editor: Regarding your Jan. 15 story, “Warehouse worker hits jackpot.” Winners of jackpots — Bellagio’s, Caesar’s Palace, or Powerball — do not interest me because it takes neither skill, creativity, empathy, decency, honesty, nobility, kindness nor any quality or characteristic decent society values in human life …

Bob Fenton: Lessons from anti-smoking campaigns might aid fight against drugs

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To the editor: There are four major addiction problems in our society: drugs, alcohol, nicotine and food. As with any product there are two sides to the business strategy, supply and demand. Of the two, the demand is what drives the business, not the supply. Supply affects the …

Stefan Petrucha: Why I decided to hang a banner from my home that reads, ‘People Who Hang Confederate Flags are Stupid’

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Inspired by a letter-writer’s decision to hang a Confederate flag in his home in order to show the PCI (“Politically Incorrect Idiots”) what for (letter, Gazette, Jan. 21), I have decided to hang a banner from my home that reads, “People Who Hang Confederate Flags are Stupid.” It …

Chet Cichaski: Resident makes statement, flys Confederate flag in garage

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

To the editor: Before, I really never had a problem with the Confederate flag. It never meant that much to me. Then I started to read about all this flak about racism from the politically correct idiots (PCI), and I thought, gee they want to change the way …

Janet Shaw: Stavros urges voter registration, will host event to help

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

To the editor: Gosh, voting is a right, an obligation and a very powerful tool to let lawmakers know about your issues and concerns. It is the best way we have to shape our political system and society. With the presidential election coming in November, voting gives people …

Rosie Pearson: Reiki classes are for all kids and parents

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reiki classes are for all kids and parents To the editor: I was happy to read the article in the Winter 2016 edition of Many Hands about my Enter the Flow Reiki classes for Parent & Child. For clarification purposes, I would like to add that although the …