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Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On occasion we traveled downtown by trolley to visit national monuments … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules and regulations for a reason? We have them like every … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs any American with a heart. Yet that cannot be the only aspect of the immigration issue that should be of concern. I would like to … 0

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Richard W.Tracy: Full-page ad on Social Security office off-base

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I was intrigued by the full page political ad in the Aug. 1 Gazette which brought up an issue that needs to be discussed widely in all sections of our society today. But the view … 3

Tor Krogius: Curious use of phrase for war in Iraq

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I recently read a column in your paper that said, “Barack Obama came to office in economic turmoil but at the end of a successful war in Iraq.” I was surprised to read this characterization of the war in Iraq. If I were ever to … 0

Charles Schmid: Some questions about Comcast in Easthampton

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: Comcast may take over in Easthampton and this might be good. After reading the Gazette article about the switch I liked that they would give older people a discount. Being 60 that interested me. But it said nothing about Internet connection, which Charter has. Having … 0

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Northampton sidewalks that chirp ... and celebrate

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am both amused and absorbed by the continuing crosswalk controversy affecting downtown Northampton. The traditional painted “ladder” of white stripes and borders with a colorful infill is one of the simplest, least expensive, and most graphically pleasing ways to brighten up the downtown while … 0

Laurie Martinelli: Remember Robin Williams for his gifts

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: It’s hard to think about Robin Williams without smiling. His energy, his intelligence and his humor were so profound and his death brings a sadness equally as profound. Robin Williams battled depression and substance use. Many others facing the same struggles succumb to the same … 0

Charles LaPiene: What 6-year-old do you know who could go 1,220 miles without dying?'

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: If you have heard how the border children made this trip, please let me know. These questions need to be asked. It doesn’t pass the smell test. Why do people think Americans will accept and … 1

Jessica Tanner: Northampton should ban single-use plastic bags

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I knew that I had to write this letter after reading a story to my 1-year-old about a sea turtle’s life cycle and then, in the same week, read online about a sea turtle named Billy, aged 9, who had ingested plastic pieces from a … 0

Mary McKitrick: Try a traffic circle instead of the four-way stop

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: When the four-way stop signs went up at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Jackson streets in Northampton, my hopes were raised that this would ease traffic problems there. Unfortunately this was not the ideal solution. I estimate that 15-20 percent of drivers don’t … 0

Marion Barre: WMass not getting its fair share of road monies

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: In the 1930s, Quabbin Reservoir was built to provide the primary water supply to Boston and greater Boston. This was only the beginning of the unfair distribution of resources between the eastern and western parts … 0

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am horrified at the attempt to burn the Israeli flag at B’nai Israel synagogue. There is no justification for such an act. No one has a right to do such a thing to any person or group of people. No one has a right … 8