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Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say Committee was working to make sure that all Massachusetts residents were going to get the …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why is that? Because he’s a man? Because he’s a veteran? He doesn’t even live here. …

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Editorial: Sensible Boston mayor makes right call on 2024 Olympics bid

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It might have been fun. But oh, the sticker shock. The demise of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics shows that people can love the spirit of the games and want great things for their state without losing their sanity. When it came time for Boston Mayor …

Jason Johnson: The ills that Lake Warner suffers

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

HADLEY — Lake Warner is approximately a quarter mile from the Connecticut River in Hadley. It is a 68-acre, freshwater lake and wetland ecosystem undergoing “eutrophication.” Eutrophication describes intensifying enrichment of an aquatic ecosystem with chemical nutrients, typically containing nitrogen or phosphorus or both. It is measured using …

Michael Sherry: Labeling Louisiana gunman ‘mentally ill’ further stigmatizes those who really are

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I keep reading in newspapers that the armed killer in the Louisiana movie theater suffered from a mental illness. Nothing in what I read indicated that he suffered from a mental illness. He is depicted as angry, hateful, provocative, attention-seeking, nasty and mean. In simple, …

Alan Peterfreund: Better timing of Route 9 traffic lights would aid vehicle flow

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: The regularity of significant traffic delays associated with the intersection of Route 9, I-91 and Damon Road in Northampton could be addressed by having the traffic light better respond to the predictable time of day traffic patterns. In the morning, traffic is heading towards Amherst. …

John P. Spineti: Let’s trim trees and end tunnel vision on I-91

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: I frequently travel I-91 between Springfield and Northampton. The brush and trees along the highway have grown to such a height and thickness that the view from the highway is obscured. This not only prevents viewing the beautiful countryside but also has covered roadside signs, …

Bruce Barry: Nothing sinister about CD case cleaning tools

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Whatever becomes the resolution on the radio station WMUA situation with former host Max Shea, please don’t let it impinge on Shea’s reputation that he kept a kit of razors and lighter fluid. Those of us who collect music like to remove sales stickers from …

Hollie Kalkstein: A CSO employee’s point of view on contract dispute

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Last Thursday morning, as I got ready to participate on the picket line, I heard NEPR coverage of the work stoppage at Clinical & Support Options (CSO). I was struck by CEO Karin Jeffers’ reasonableness, caring and her statement of valuing the work we do. …

Editorial: Anti-terrorism task force in region helps sort rumor from reality

Monday, July 27, 2015

The arrest of a 23-year-old Berkshire County man in a suspected terror plot suggests that seeds of hatred and violence can fall anywhere. Keeping them from taking root is the mission of a squad of police officials in …

Lily Wallace: Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tensions between the students who run WMUA, the student radio station of the University of Massachusetts, and members of both the non-student volunteer DJ and listener community exploded in April when student leadership voted to dismiss …

Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in …