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Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say Committee was working to make sure that all Massachusetts residents were going to get the …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why is that? Because he’s a man? Because he’s a veteran? He doesn’t even live here. …

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Editorial: Probe into fatal F-15 crash brings only some answers

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eleven months after Lt. Col. Morris M. Fontenot died aboard his F-15C Eagle, certain facts are known about his last minutes. But an investigation into the Westfield-based pilot’s crash last August in rural Virginia cannot satisfy the critical question: Why? Answers may never come. While the commander of …

Merri Ansara: Valley Free Radio also home to community programming

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: You know, I’m not sure I have a lot of grounds for weighing in, but it occurs to me after reading Lily Wallace’s guest column, “Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students,” that the WMUA students have a point. Especially when we have …

Genevieve E. Chandler: Children can remind adults of sadness, too

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: I agree with Dr. Nathan P. Somers’ guest column July 22, in which he described how we can help our children recognize their emotions. Children can help adults recognize their emotions, too. My 2-year-old grandson was enthusiastically waving bye-bye six months ago. Now he knows …

John Sinton: On radio station WMUA matter, we expect more from UMass administrators

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m responding to Lily Wallace’s guest column July 27 urging the University of Massachusetts to ban community members from participation in WMUA. From her 7/27 letter: “It is clear to me that community members should no longer be involved in the process, as they are …

Jeffrey Peterson: Smith Vocational — where the ‘skills gap’ gets closed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — You may be seeing more and more of these kinds of help-wanted ads popping up across the nation: JOB DESCRIPTION: Someone highly skilled in manufacturing technologies, engineering, electricity, plumbing, automobile repair, animal science or health care. Must be hard working, reliable and able to adapt to …

Editorial: Let’s stop playing games with state’s sales tax holiday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation …

Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my …

Jessica Mix Barrington: The one-way solution for North Amherst road travel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: As mentioned in a July 17 article, Amherst town planners are consulting with residents to create a plan to solve the problems for cars traveling south on Montague Road at the Sunderland Road/Montague Road intersection at the library in North Amherst. Several years ago, a …

Anne Vaillant: Birth control, pregnancy risks more complicated than letter-writer suggests

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to a July 27 letter (“Death highlights risk of birth control side effects”) that includes this: “Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young woman or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is.” In fact, …

Hill Boss: ‘Delightful’ students outnumber those who are bigoted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: The Carolyn Gardner story has gone far enough. The outrageous $180,000 settlement that Gardner will receive from the taxpayers of the Amherst-Pelham school district should have put the issue to bed, but it didn’t. Now the self-appointed and self-serving “Justice for Carolyn” committee continues to …