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Mia Kim Sullivan: What’s behind the attack on Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST I write to voice my support for the doctors and clinic workers who help people obtain abortions, often at great personal cost. The current call to defund Planned Parenthood has been coordinated with attack videos that are highly edited in order to demonize the doctors who were filmed. As David Cohen and Krysten Connon document in their book, “Living in the Crosshairs,” the personal nature of political attacks on …

Karen List: Artful action: A look at this year’s grants through the Emily List Fund for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST Romeo and Juliet were once eaten by alligators. Hamlet met a princess though, as anyone familiar with Shakespeare knows, there is no princess in the play. And the actors cannot for the life of them dance. Such is the way it goes when the Very Serious players from Messenger Theatre Co. take …

Jim Palermo: Pope’s message on environment showcases an engaged moralism

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON Reactions to Pope Francis’ recent encyclical (“Laudato Si”) expose the absurdity of the idea that there is a separation of religion and state. Such a separation is now, and always has been, illusionary. Prior to the issuance of the encyclical, Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, said, “I don’t want to …

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Sandra L. Petersen: What’s the point in digging into the Carolyn Gardner case settlement?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST I have been subscribing to the Gazette for over 20 years, largely to learn about what is happening in our community. The stories generally seem to have a point and “news value.” But an article I read …

Suzanne Farrington: Sanders backer appreciates no-spin stances on issues

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: I recently attended a gathering for Bernie Sanders in Northampton. We’re organizing his campaign not just because he’s the only politician who speaks to our interests, but because he has done so consistently for decades. He has generated excitement not just because he says what …

Judy Mathers: Business owner had right to fly Confederate flag on his property

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: In recent weeks there has been an extensive article in the Gazette and now a follow up and a picture of a resident of Williamsburg who fashioned a Confederate flag of metal and attached it to a building on his property. Now I would not …

Jane Gronau: On the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, it is time to restore voting rights for all

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This bill was introduced into Congress immediately following the historic clash between black civil rights marchers and white police in Selma, Alabama, when powerful images of police violence were broadcast on TV …

Editorial: College aid helps prisoners and their future neighbors

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Some Republicans are objecting to an Obama administration plan to give federal and state prisoners financial aid to take college classes while still behind bars. But the strongest argument in favor of the plan comes in numbers that should hold special power for anyone, regardless of political stripe, …

James Drisko and Hannah Karpman: Amid CSO strike, a call for change in reimbursement rates

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: We fully support the Clinical & Support Options employees choice to strike for fair living wages. Letters by Helen Scharber and Nora Dillon in the July 27 Gazette point out that piecework pay and related policies severely undermine mental health workers’ ability to make a …

Bernie Bachand: Mysterious man picks up tab, leaves huge impression

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: On July 29, my wife Nancy Bachand picked up the two elderly ladies like she always does and took them to the senior center in Haydenville for lunch. After lunch she said to them, “we are going to do something different today instead of going …

Bob Gould: City should help bicyclists, drivers learn road rules

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: As a trained aircraft accident investigator and an instructor of human performance, I observe very closely the behavior of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Drivers in Massachusetts are some of the worst in the nation — too much speeding, tailgating, and a lack of signalling. But …

Maureen McGrath: Hadley officials should do more for Golden Court tenants

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: I was about to inquire at the Hadley office of the Golden Court, a housing complex for the elderly, if there might be any word about when they would check out my broken vintage oven, the dripping faucet, which I am growing accustomed to, or …

Susan Sachs: Dismayed Williston school for treatment of beautiful hills

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: The Williston Northampton School has just destroyed a small spot of lively beauty. The school’s outdoor track on Taft Street in Easthampton is ringed on two sides by grassy hills, which slope down to a border of rocks surrounding the track. The hills, especially the …