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Guest columnist Joseph Levine: Why challenge to Israel is felt as fear
06-21-2024 3:06 PM

By JOSEPH LEVINE

A common theme in the justification for the violent police raids on the pro-Palestine encampments on campuses across the country, including my own at UMass Amherst, has been their alleged antisemitic character and the consequent feelings of being...

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Steve Croteau: Supporting LGBTQ+ Veterans during Pride Month and all year long
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

The service and sacrifice of all our veterans should be fully recognized, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The Veterans’ Bonus Division of the Office of the State Treasurer is proud to support all our state’s...


Julia Riseman: Your small change makes a big difference at CET
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

All of us at CET (formerly the Center for EcoTechnology) wish to thank the thousands of generous River Valley Co-op shoppers who collectively donated $10,000 in small change in the month of April. CET is putting these funds to work to mitigate over 80...


Denise Tetrault: Do not support ‘cruel’ sport of horse racing
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

Regarding the Horseracing Wrongs protest on Belmont Stakes Day at Saratoga racetrack: I’d like to note that there were over 50 protesters against this cruel and deadly “sport” in attendance. Yes, we were ignored, laughed at, and sometimes treated with...


Martin Miller: Jones Library project not an either-or proposition
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

Thank you, Austin Sarat and Sharon Sharry, for your leadership and concise, accurate and rational guest column “Why Jones expansion remains best option” [Gazette, June 15]. And thank you to the professional staff and the many volunteers who have...


Michael Hoffman: Paradise lost: So close and so not far
06-21-2024 2:42 PM

I write to express my wonder about Amherst’s so very beautiful Sweet Alice pond and trails. We are so very lucky, blessed even that it can exist amid us, and be managed by the totally socially and ecologically responsible Kestrel Land Trust.Idyllic...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: A turning point in human history?
06-20-2024 3:31 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

Will we be able to pass a livable world on to future generations? Given the climate emergency, is there hope for the future?Whether we want to think about climate change or not, most of us care about the answers to these questions. New polling data...


Anthony Fyden: Say no to green power grab, don’t let go of local control
06-20-2024 3:29 PM

In 1939, the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir began, drowning four western Massachusetts towns to quench Boston’s thirst for growth. In a way, history is about to repeat itself, this time in pursuit of green energy dollars.Boston politicians and...


Ira Bryck: Stop the non-starter Jones Library expansion
06-20-2024 3:29 PM

I urge the Town Council to support the motion by Cathy Schoen, to stop the library project by telling the town manager to not sign a contract with FAA architects, so that there will not be another $500,000-plus spent on more “value engineering” to...


Guest columnist Ken Rosenthal: Expensive obstacles for library contractor
06-19-2024 5:16 PM

By KEN ROSENTHAL

 The Jones Library in Amherst received just one unaffordably high bid for its renovation plans. It is now applying “value engineering,” hoping that a redesign and changes in materials will bring more bids at lower prices. That is an expensive effort...


Columnist Johanna Neumann with Sara Ross: Three more electric school buses coming to Amherst
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

By JOHANNA NEUMANN and SARA ROSS

 Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Amherst will add three new electric school buses to its fleet thanks to a $600,000 grant from EPA’s historic Clean School Bus Program.The Clean School Bus Program was created...


Dennis Bidwell: It's time to approve the mayor's budget
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I watched the special meeting of the City Council on June 17, eager to hear Councilor Quaverly Rothenberg’s promised plan for addressing the city’s looming budget deficit without cutting positions in the School Department and without requiring a...


Valerie Reiss: Forget the grown-ups
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

It appears that the mayor and much of the City Council remain bound to the incorrect notion that we don’t have enough money to properly fund the schools — and that advocating for level funding is somehow distasteful or disrespectful. Even though...


Johanna Radding: Northampton schools chronically underfunded
06-19-2024 5:15 PM

I recently did a deep dive into 30 years of Gazette archives and article after article revealed a continual underfunding of Northampton public schools by our city leaders. For decades, mayors have balanced the budget on the backs of the schools while...


Guest columnist Jennifer Bryan: Northampton pickleball project needs a little boost
06-18-2024 7:59 PM

By JENNIFER BRYAN

 What an exciting time to see the fastest-growing sport in the country take root in western Massachusetts! Witness the development of pickleball courts in Westfield, Belchertown, South Hadley, Easthampton, Southampton and more. A new project in...


Guest columnist Portia S. Bonner: Common purpose can bridge divide
06-18-2024 7:59 PM

By PORTIA S. BONNER

 I am writing to the public in response to the teacher union’s vote of no confidence. This action is widespread across the commonwealth over the past several years, and is a common device designed to divide the district and the community. Fewer than...


Evan Naismith: Democrats must reclaim the Stars and Stripes
06-18-2024 7:57 PM

Two decades ago, Republicans harnessed American symbols to secure George W. Bush a second term, persuading voters that supporting him equated to backing the nation and its troops. Through ubiquitous stars and stripes branding, they cemented their...


Paul Kaplan: Kudos to Tolley Jones and others
06-18-2024 7:57 PM

I am writing to express my appreciation for columnist Tolley Jones, but also for all your regular columnists. Facing what we all know are limited resources, you consistently present compelling journalism on your opinion page. The latest example is...


Claire Cocco: Supporting our future leaders
06-18-2024 7:57 PM

Thank you to the Gazette for featuring the wonderful Amherst Regional High School graduating class of 2024 in your June 10 issue. The educators and clerical staff of the Amherst Pelham Education Association are excited to highlight the achievements of...


Matteo Pangallo: UMass could donate use of ARHS graduation venue
06-18-2024 7:57 PM

I was surprised and disappointed to read that the decision to hold the Amherst Regional High School graduation at the UMass Fine Arts Center rather than the Mullins Center “was largely based on cost” (“Graduation venue decision,” Gazette, June 15)....


Columnist Razvan Sibii: Either respect U.S. immigration law or admit you don’t really care
06-17-2024 6:05 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Earlier this month, the White House put out a “Fact Sheet” meant to explain President Biden’s latest immigration-related executive action, which orders American authorities to drastically limit many immigrants’ ability to make their case for asylum...

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