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Theodore K. Selkirk Jr., M.D.: Science, regulation lacking on medical marijuana

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To the editor: The recent findings reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association on medical marijuana are not surprising, and illustrate what was wrong with the ballot question passed by Massachusetts voters. It is even more regrettable that it was a binding resolution, giving it to the force of law. Not only did it conflict with federal law (which is overstrict, obstructing research), but it circumvents the required …

Byron Coley: A call to fight changes at radio station WMUA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To the editor: I read last week’s articles on the recent turmoil at WMUA with interest. Having been on the air at the station in the 1970s, and then doing underwriting with them in the 1990s, I felt as though I had some skin in the game. Over the past decade-plus it has been a real pleasure to listen to WMUA, largely through …

Jody Kasper: In modern policing, officers must be far more than ‘enforcers’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are excerpts from Jody Kasper’s remarks upon taking office Tuesday as chief of the Northampton Police Department. NORTHAMPTON — Over the past few weeks, when news of my selection as police chief became public, many people contacted me with their congratulations and support. A number of these calls and …

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Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …

Kathryn Messier: Fears of traffic, obstructions on even a short commute in Northampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Hatfield Street, Cooke Avenue, Bridge Road — every day I travel to and from work on these streets in Northampton. Most folks who travel on Hatfield Street between Routes 5 & 10 and Bridge Road drive too fast, period. Every day I either try to …

Stephen Dashef: Bring back memorial plaques in YMCA’s The Garden

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Where had the memorial markers gone, I wondered with a sense of shock and loss, as I walked through The Garden area at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Under the past guidance of Barbara Weiner-Dubeck, children and families had shared and dealt with their …

Editorial: Serving local audience is vital part of WMUA’s mission

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two weeks before WMUA went on the air, President Harry S. Truman upset his Republican challenger to hold on to the White House. A world war had just ended and a cold one lay ahead. Babies were booming. …

Judith Fine: Time for Northampton to create another option: a dog park on city property

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — I write in response to a letter June 23 regarding the meeting for recreational users of the former state hospital property. We both went to the same meeting, but came away with different views. At the end of the meeting, Jeffrey Peterson, superintendent of the Smith …

Charles Bodhi: Church killings need to be seen as terrorism

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Call the executions of nine church members of African descent in Charleston, South Carolina, what they were: an act of terror, one of far too many visited on our people since being taken captive and transported to these shores. Nearly 400 years after we began …

John Sinton: Movement needed to reinstate Glenn Siegel at WMUA at UMass

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the Gazette’s recent reporting on the mess at WMUA, the radio station at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dysfunction in Student Affairs is nothing new, nor is the sense of entitlement from students, who expect to take charge without taking responsibility. It’s …

Marianna Kaul-Connolly: Columnist offered illumination on path to racial understanding

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank Jim Foudy for his June 20 Gazette column, “David Ruggles, Florence pioneer.” In the wake of the tragic massacre of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, this was a timely piece of local and national history that encourages us to reflect …

Editorial: When equality is victor, every American benefits

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jurists and legal scholars will continue to disagree about whether the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses provided the correct foundation for the Supreme Court to outlaw state bans on same-sex marriage. Friday’s landmark decision came …