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Editorial: AG Maura Healey’s savvy moves against opioid epidemic

Friday, September 4, 2015

State Attorney General Maura Healey continues to demonstrate an ability to connect the dots when it comes to the big picture of the opiate epidemic. Healey sees the crisis in human terms, recognizing its impacts on law enforcement resources, addiction treatment needs and the health of users and the people who treat, work and live with them. Without seeing and …

Bill Newman: Taking roads, and trails, less traveled by

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On a spectacularly clear August morning, our Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was wending its way above the sharp ravine on narrow Maroon Creek Road in Colorado’s White River National Forest. Steve, the driver, was holding forth on encountering mountain lions, avoiding avalanches, and appreciating conifers. He also mentioned that in …

Joanne Kovalski: Easthampton roads need attention right now

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: I don’t understand why Easthampton has not repaired the main roads in the city — Cottage, Union and Main streets. I have traveled from Easthampton to the Berkshires and Connecticut. Their main roads have been repaired where needed. Even North Adams, Cummington and Goshen have smooth roads. There is construction all around Easthampton to improve roads. What’s wrong with this …

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Lynne Bertrand: What spring can reveal if we remember to look, listen

Mindy Domb: Diapers one element of Amherst Survival Center’s assistance

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editor: In response to the Gazette’s recent article on programs that feed people who experience homelessness in Amherst, I want to remind readers that the Amherst Survival Center provides baby diapers to families, winter gear to individuals and funding assistance for medication. This past spring, the …

William Sillin: Publication of cartoon demonized legitimate Republican perspective on public policy

Friday, September 4, 2015

To the editors: The Aug. 24 Gazette published a cartoon that reached a new low. It equated Republicans — and that would include me and some of my closest friends and neighbors — with slavers, murderers and ISIS. The unmistakable intent of the cartoon was to make people …

Jim Harvey: Praise for Amherst medical practice staff

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: I wish to add my voice to those in praise of Dr. Anne Weaver and her staff in Amherst. My mother was her patient during the last decade of her life, and indeed was lovingly and competently cared for. The Amherst Family Practice staff, headed …

Anneke Corbett: Doubts about safety of oil drilling in Arctic

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean, a region that’s warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, worries me because millions of people live in the Arctic, where the vital ecosystem has provided subsistence for generations and is home to vulnerable wildlife, …

Ralph Dolan: Solitary confinement a rule in land of the SuperMax prison

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: Why does America keep so many human beings in solitary confinement? The phenomenon must be seen in its broader context. The collective will of America is violent and punishing. So systemic is the violence and punishing that the practice has taken on a life of …

Jon Ortiz: Trump should not be labeled for wanting laws enforced

Thursday, September 3, 2015

To the editor: A recent letter to the editor referred to Donald Trump, or “Trumper,” as “prejudiced and bigoted.” Why? For wanting our laws enforced? I don’t understand this. We have immigration laws for a reason, like every other country. Does the word illegal not mean anything anymore? …

Editorial: Hotel Northampton workers seek strength in bargaining

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Several dozen Hotel Northampton employees staged a media event Tuesday to make public their effort to form a union. With City Council President William H. Dwight at his side, worker Jonathan Leighton stood at the hotel’s front desk that evening and requested a face-to-face meeting with owner Mansour …

Rekha Basu: Is Hillary Clinton playing it too cool?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa — I envy Hillary Clinton’s ability to keep her cool. I wish I knew how she does it. When she walked, characteristically beaming and waving, onto the Des Moines Area Community College stage with Tom Vilsack last week in Des Moines, Iowa, it was as …

Ian Newman: Frontier should be extending school day, not trimming it back

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: The start of school at Frontier Regional High School will be accompanied by changes decided upon back in April. In an effort to give teachers more time to plan their curriculum and do other tasks as well as reduce substitutes, most Fridays in the coming …

Elisa Campbell: Speeding drivers imperil safety on Route 9

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

To the editor: When I first read about a terrible collision on Route 9 in Cummington on Aug. 5, I empathized with the people involved but was sure I did not know the victim or his family. I felt a particular connection because in July I had been …