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A sampling of ticks (dead) that can transmit Lyme disease, with an engorged tick at bottom left. Dangerous ticks can be even smaller than these. 
KEVIN GUTTING

Editorial: Tick testing: the $50 question

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We applaud the $110,000 grant from the governor’s office that allows University of Massachusetts scientists to provide no-cost tick testing to people in 32 communities across the state, including 10 in Franklin County. We hope this action will spur other communities, such as those in Hampshire County, to begin allocating such funds for tick testing as well. UMass scientists have … 0

Bruce Watson’s Lifestyles: Dinah the Cat: Ready for her close-up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LEVERETT — Dinah is distressed. Life as a cat in our house is rather dull, so every morning Dinah tries to perk us up by meowing and crying and carrying on in a manner that often lands her outside (hitting the ground on all fours but just barely.) My wife and I have asked ourselves why Dinah is such a whiner. Needs food? … 0

David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: In response to the recent letter by a University of Massachusetts professor regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on campaign finance, I would appreciate his assistance in directing me to the clause in the Constitution that defines free speech as “only what liberal college professors have to say in one-sided, liberal-biased, … 7

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Larry Parnass, the editor of the Gazette, has been on the newspaper's staff since 1988 as an editor, reporter and columnist.

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David Duseau: Why no conservative profs in ivory towers?

Dorothy Cresswell: Praises UMass students for ‘UMass United’ gathering

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: After reading so much negative publicity about UMass students lately, I have to share a different experience. Recently I had the opportunity to be on the UMASS campus and found the student body extremely calm, … 0

Jacqueline Haskins Engel: American consumers like sheep led to the slaughter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: Recently there was an advertisement in the Gazette which included a long list of prescription medications offered at a steep discount through a company in Canada. Among others, they are prescribed for heart and lung diseases, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia, and of course, impotence. In … 0

Kenneth Dym: Questions responses by Mass Development

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: On March 27 at two separate meetings, a representative from Mass Development discussed the proposed Northampton Village Hill 73 house expansion and emergency veterinary hospital. These plans had virtually no input from the residents who live here. The Community Advisory Board has not met in … 0

Donald Mathison: FDA’s overruling of advisory panel questioned

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To the editor: The drug company that produces Zohydro filed a lawsuit following the governor’s ban on its use in Massachusetts, claiming that because it had been approved by the FDA, Massachusetts was overstepping its authority. What seems to be lost in all this hoopla is the fact … 0

Editorial: Welcome benefactor for HCC

Monday, April 21, 2014

Elaine Marieb is a big believer in the benefits of community college education, and she has a particular affection for Holyoke Community College where she taught for 26 years. Thus, it was no surprise when her latest initiative … 0

David Yarnold: The BP spill four years later

Monday, April 21, 2014

Four years after the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, scientists are still trying to come to terms with the toll that the Deepwater Horizon tragedy wreaked on the birds, sea life, waters and habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Multitudes of creatures and habitats were wiped … 0

Jannine Covelli: Thanks to many for Burnett Gallery efforts

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: Located in the center of Amherst is an amazing art space: The Burnett Gallery. I have been privileged to make use of this large, well-lit space for my April show (“Order Seeking Chaos”). The Burnett Gallery staff and volunteers made this experience easy and enjoyable. … 0

Jeff Lacy: Consumer choices drive local businesses

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: I am strongly in agreement with the April 12 letter-writer (“Let’s give thanks to Mountain Goat owners”) concerning the former Mountain Goat store and other venerable existing local businesses in Northampton. I could have written a similar letter about Amherst, so I will now. When … 0

Rick Hood: Racism in Amherst needs more attention

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: The topic of racism has been front-page news lately here in Amherst. The attacks against Carolyn Gardner were extreme and are getting most of the press. But as Gardner is the first to say, it is the day-to-day institutional racism that is the larger concern. … 0

Rosemary Kofler: PVTA must provide stop at Amherst Survival Center

Monday, April 21, 2014

To the editor: In planning changes to current bus routes, it is critical that the PVTA include a bus stop at the Amherst Survival Center. The Survival Center is a vital resource for those who have fallen on hard times and need assistance for food, clothing, health services … 0