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Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose, who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. Since Perry did not demand the resignations of two other prosecutors also convicted of a DUI charge, in exchange for continued funding of their offices, … 0

Bernadette and Emlen Jones: They’re voting for Berwick for governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: Emlen and I met Don Berwick recently at a gathering in Amherst. He is running along with Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman for governor in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9. We were so impressed with him that we wanted to contact our friends and neighbors in Massachusetts and encourage them to check out Dr. Berwick on his website: berwickforgovernor.com. … 0

Sidney Moss: Wants Berwick to be next governor

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I want a governor who has a populist approach emphasizing social justice, equality and compassion. I believe that Dr. Don Berwick will be that governor. His strong stance for single payer medical care for Massachusetts can be a reality, reflecting his administrative leadership of the U.S. Medicare/Medicaid with 5,500 employees and a budget larger than the Pentagon. Berwick’s concern for … 0

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John Bonifaz: The everyday magic that librarians perform

Friday, August 29, 2014

To the editor: My daughter Marisol and I attended the North Amherst Library’s celebration Aug. 22 of the North Amherst Reading Club, which was held at the Mill River park. Each child who was a member of the club and had read at least 10 books this summer … 0

Tarin Weiss: School start not about shopping

Friday, August 29, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — Right now, in the world of K12 it’s all about “Back to School.” New clothes, new shoes, and new school supplies top the list of must-haves to prepare our children for … for what, exactly? If … 0

Editorial: Heavy hitters support later start for high schools

Friday, August 29, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week described an epidemic of “chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy” adolescents and associated health problems. Mincing no words, the academy listed the consequences of teen sleep deprivation: higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic dysfunction, increased anxiety and mood disorders, … 0

Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and … 0

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Although I live in North Carolina, I spend at least a couple of weeks each summer with my mother on Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg. On a recent Saturday my twin granddaughters came for a visit. As the weather looked threatening, we took the girls … 1

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in … 3

Don Robinson: The new world information order

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ASHFIELD — For those concerned about the health of democracy in America and around the world, this has been a deeply troubling summer. President Obama is faring reasonably well. He has had to defend himself against charges that he has not been nice enough to members of Congress, … 0

Editorial: Amherst Together stance on forum does more harm than good

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The woman hired to help Amherst heal its racial wounds said she and other school and town leaders pulled out of last week’s radio forum on the issue for fear that the gathering would feature “race-baiting,” fuel “sensationalism” and foster “insensitivity to the variety of voices and needs … 0

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 … 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 … 0