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Curtis Smith: A patriot suggests that colors are sometimes only that

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am wondering about the spate of letters decrying the use of red, white and blue colors as being disrespectful to our flag. Does patriotism prohibit the use of these colors in any way except on our flag? I am a veteran of three years in the Army in World War II, so, of course, my own patriotism is unquestionable. I have a white house with blue shutters. Does the presence of red geraniums in my window box brand me as disrespectful to the flag? I wonder what these superpatriots are trying to prove. Curtis Smith South Hadley … 0

Bob Armstrong: Healey has needed experience in AG’s office

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as a state senator with no experience with the position he is seeking. His campaign message is, basically, “I will lead by treating the AG office like a Senate seat.” The … 0

Ruth Smith: It is up to Hamas to renounce violence

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: Many of us who support Israel bemoan the loss of innocent lives in Gaza as well as in Israel, be they many or few. Many protesters take the media comments and images from the conflict at face value without understanding the complexity of the situation. Many, both outside and inside … 0

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Barry Hirsch: The political uses of Palestinian ‘victimization’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a recent edition, a letter-writer says the “majority of people in Gaza are simply longing for a life of peace and cooperation.” In 2007, the people of Gaza held an election that was endorsed … 0

Stephen Siegel: Israel turned Gaza into ‘open-air prison’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a letter to the Gazette, “Israel weathers years of rocket attacks” (Aug. 8), several writers argue “there was no occupation and there was no blockade” in the two years following Israel’s 2005 so-called “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip. However, while Israel did remove its … 0

Jon Lackman: Let’s help students find right path through high-speed world

Sunday, August 24, 2014

To the editor: In a recent article about Northampton schools taking “more steps into high tech,” the city’s district technology director, Angelo Rota said, “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that. Is that good or … 0

Carol Sharick: Amherst educators can only do so much. The rest is up to us.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AMHERST — I attended the Amherst Regional School Committee retreat this month and was pleasantly surprised at the civility and productivity shown by the group. Given what I’ve read in the paper in recent months, one would think … 0

Editorial: Arts advocates put Transperformance on the map

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The lineup for Tuesday’s “Transperformance XXIV” — the annual musical extravaganza that raises money for arts enrichment programs in Northampton’s public schools — lists the following local residents as hosts for the event, along with the more famous … 0

Ralph J. Dolan: Finding compassion for those in flight from violence in other lands

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — What now, America? With waves of human beings streaming across your southern border seeking refuge, you are now reaping the bitter fruit of centuries of occupation, plunder, coup d’ etats, proxy wars, exploitation, enslavement, torture and … 0

Editorial: SJC ruling shows need to reform pension law

Saturday, August 23, 2014

We are troubled by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling this week allowing a former high school teacher in Amherst to continue collecting his state retirement benefits. Justices followed a law that demands to be changed. The Legislature should adjust the statute so that teachers convicted of reprehensible … 0

Clare Higgins: Investing in right start for America’s children

Saturday, August 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — We have a free public school system in our country that assures every child a seat. It doesn’t matter that the child just moved into the community, or has a special need, doesn’t speak English, or even that their parents don’t work. They don’t have to … 0

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fair warning, voters of Massachusetts: As campaigns for and against casino gambling ratchet up in advance of a November ballot question, prepare to be smothered with arguments. The gambling industry spent millions to lobby lawmakers before the 2011 … 2

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 … 0