Letters to the Editor: Peace through music
Apr11

Letters to the Editor: Peace through music

A message best received through music “The Okee Dokee Brothers” wrote and perform the song: Somos Amigos (we’re friends). The video accompanying the tune showcases the duo joined by four other Mexican musicians standing on a bridge in which one might assume that perhaps it is the Rio Grande flowing beneath. One may also interpret the meaning, in such a setting, as actually dissolving of a border crossing and the bonding of two...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Rep. Neal should back the Green New Deal
Mar28

Letters to the Editor: Rep. Neal should back the Green New Deal

Welcome Back, Valley Advocate In response to “An Advocate History” and “Still at it After 45 Years,” published March 21 – 27, 2019: Thank you so much for becoming the Valley Advocate again. I had about given up on you as there was little of interest left, just entertainment advertisements in guise of listings. As long time, 45-year reader who looked forward to real news and investigative stories, you had lost your way. There is...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Venezuela could be US’s Waterloo
Mar21

Letters to the Editor: Venezuela could be US’s Waterloo

Hampshire College price tag comparable to most private institutions In response to: “Letters to the Editor: What’s missing from the Hampshire College discussion” (March 14-20, 2019): Hampshire College gives deep discounts and takes in diverse student pop. Hampshire College doesn’t have the coffers of state institutions. The price tag is comparable to most private institutions. You may very well get to see what the Pioneer Valley looks...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: What’s missing from the Hampshire College discussion
Mar14

Letters to the Editor: What’s missing from the Hampshire College discussion

What we are not talking about when we struggle over the possible loss of Hampshire College Everything I have read in the papers about the possible loss of Hampshire College has centered on the value of its creative approach to higher education, the progressive social orientation of many of its programs and the value of its faculty and staff. All of these things are important to our community. We have also had a good deal of exposure...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Solar and recreation can coexist
Mar05

Letters to the Editor: Solar and recreation can coexist

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Solar and recreation can coexist Hickory Ridge golf course in Amherst is in its last...

Read More
Letters to the editor: Men must respect boundaries and be supportive
Feb26

Letters to the editor: Men must respect boundaries and be supportive

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Men must respect boundaries and be supportive in the local music scene In response to...

Read More
Letters to the editor: Passing the volunteer baton
Feb18

Letters to the editor: Passing the volunteer baton

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject.   Limousine Liberals — a rebuttal What makes those right wingers think that right...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Why is Massachusetts putting up obstacles to solar?
Jul12

Letters to the Editor: Why is Massachusetts putting up obstacles to solar?

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Why is Massachusetts putting up obstacles to solar? I began working as a rooftop solar...

Read More
Letters to the editor: Tiny houses? How about tiny families.
Jun19

Letters to the editor: Tiny houses? How about tiny families.

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Tiny houses? How about tiny families. In response to “Downsize Me: Tiny houses...

Read More
Back Talk: Joe Magrone had a marshmallow center
Jun06

Back Talk: Joe Magrone had a marshmallow center

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Joe Magrone had a marshmallow center In response to “‘Big-hearted’ Problem with Dragons...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Sex workers, sanctuary, and Trump’s poor decisions
May25

Letters to the Editor: Sex workers, sanctuary, and Trump’s poor decisions

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. No need for law that endangers sex workers In response to “Taking to the Streets: Local...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: RIP Charles Neville
May08

Letters to the Editor: RIP Charles Neville

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. RIP Charles Neville Charles Neville died recently. We here in Western Massachusetts had...

Read More
Letters to the editor: King Sarno overstepping his royal office
Apr24

Letters to the editor: King Sarno overstepping his royal office

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. King Sarno overstepping his royal office Jesus Christ!! Springfield has anointed a...

Read More
Back Talk: Hurrah for ranked choice voting!
Apr10

Back Talk: Hurrah for ranked choice voting!

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Hurrah for ranked choice voting in Amherst (In response to “Voting politicians off the...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Hope we will listen to student gun protesters
Mar28

Letters to the Editor: Hope we will listen to student gun protesters

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. I hope we will listen to student gun protesters On Wednesday, March 14th, I witnessed...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Banning specific guns won’t work, but taking them away from violent people will
Mar13

Letters to the Editor: Banning specific guns won’t work, but taking them away from violent people will

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Banning specific guns won’t work, but taking them away from violent people will I...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Mixed Reaction to Amherst Rep. Leaving Democrats
Feb27

Letters to the Editor: Mixed Reaction to Amherst Rep. Leaving Democrats

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Mixed Reaction to Amherst State Rep. Leaving Democrats In response to “Bravo to...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Praise for New Podcast
Feb13

Letters to the Editor: Praise for New Podcast

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. A Great Kick Off for the Valley Advocate Podcast We kicked off our new Valley Advocate...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Offensive Language; Excellent Reporting
Jan31

Letters to the Editor: Offensive Language; Excellent Reporting

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Offensive Language; Excellent Reporting Several people wrote in about our article...

Read More
Back Talk: Let’s Overturn Citizens United
Jan16

Back Talk: Let’s Overturn Citizens United

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Missing Ballot Question: Amendment 28 In response to “Getting it on the Ballot” (Jan....

Read More
Back Talk: Rejoice – Nukes are Now Illegal
Jan02

Back Talk: Rejoice – Nukes are Now Illegal

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. It’s Not Food; It’s Transportation I’ve read your recent article about food deserts in...

Read More
Letters to the Editor: Scared of Inexperienced Bully Trump with Nukes
Dec26

Letters to the Editor: Scared of Inexperienced Bully Trump with Nukes

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Where Are Our Congressional and Military Leaders? In response to “Between the Lines:...

Read More
Back Talk: Men, Stop Harassing Women
Dec18

Back Talk: Men, Stop Harassing Women

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email deisen@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Men: Stop harassing women! To all males living in this country I issue a collective...

Read More
Back Talk: Where do we go with this?
Dec04

Back Talk: Where do we go with this?

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Where Do We Go With This? Do we laugh to stop the pain? Do we weep because it isn’t...

Read More
Back Talk: Where are police when downtown violence breaks out
Nov27

Back Talk: Where are police when downtown violence breaks out

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Where are police when downtown violence breaks out? Responses to “Smashed Northampton...

Read More
Back Talk: Misquotes, misuse of media, and misallocation of tax cuts
Nov20

Back Talk: Misquotes, misuse of media, and misallocation of tax cuts

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Thoreau Didn’t Say That In response to Rob Brezsny’s astrology column, posted online as...

Read More
Back Talk: Respect for Immigrants and Recommended Reading on Porn
Nov13

Back Talk: Respect for Immigrants and Recommended Reading on Porn

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Immigrants Deserve Respect, Not a Life of Fear Over the last number of months, the...

Read More
Back Talk: Disgusting Tabloid News in Western Mass
Oct30

Back Talk: Disgusting Tabloid News in Western Mass

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. ‘Disgusting’ ‘Tabloid’ News Many readers commented and wrote in about Andy Castillo’s...

Read More
Back Talk: Amherst is Made Out of Particle Board
Oct23

Back Talk: Amherst is Made Out of Particle Board

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. They Might Be Giant Eyesores Particle board, particle board. Amherst is made out of...

Read More
Backtalk: All The Best to Kristin Palpini
Oct16

Backtalk: All The Best to Kristin Palpini

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. All the Best to Kristin Palpini Many readers took the opportunity to respond to editor...

Read More
Backtalk: Keep Your Prayers, Act On Gun Control
Oct09

Backtalk: Keep Your Prayers, Act On Gun Control

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Keep Your Thoughts and Prayers. Act on Gun Control (via email) Well, it has happened...

Read More
Back Talk: Rage Against the Gantries
Sep11

Back Talk: Rage Against the Gantries

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Rage Against the Gantries (via Facebook and valleyadvocate.com) Comments in...

Read More
Back Talk: Wypipo Smoking Weed in the Streets and a New Name for Amherst
Sep05

Back Talk: Wypipo Smoking Weed in the Streets and a New Name for Amherst

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email  editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Weed in the Streets (via Facebook) Some reactions to “Smoking Weed in Public:...

Read More
Backtalk: Further Thoughts On Gender Pay Gap
Aug21

Backtalk: Further Thoughts On Gender Pay Gap

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvcoate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvcoate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. It Follows: The Gender Wage Gap (via email) I have read your article in the...

Read More
Back Talk: Mercs, Bicycles, and Farm Fresh Humor
Aug14

Back Talk: Mercs, Bicycles, and Farm Fresh Humor

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvoate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. A Prince Among Mercenaries (via email) I was so excited to hear that Donald Trump...

Read More