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Editorial: Let’s stop playing games with state’s sales tax holiday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Will they or won’t they? It’s the annual teasing of the Massachusetts public with our Legislature debating the OK for a sales tax holiday. We doubt very much that lawmakers will say “no” to suspending the 6.25 percent sales tax for a weekend, despite professed misgivings or hesitation about opting out this year. After all, it’s more than a question of a short and sweet break for consumers. The sales …

Paul Foster-Moore: Me and Enis was just talkin’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So I was driving down this country lane up north past lots of farms with my buddy Enis and we saw this huge Confederate flag plastered conspicuously on the side of a barn and so I asked my buddy, “Enis, is that the flag of the defunct, ill-conceived southern Confederacy?” “Yup,” he says …

Jessica Mix Barrington: The one-way solution for North Amherst road travel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: As mentioned in a July 17 article, Amherst town planners are consulting with residents to create a plan to solve the problems for cars traveling south on Montague Road at the Sunderland Road/Montague Road intersection at the library in North Amherst. Several years ago, a consulting firm met with residents and came up with four plans which call for buying …

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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 …

Edward Golding: Cost-effectiveness vital in tackling supposed risks

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: The recent article about the tight restrictions on the use of fryolators at the Taste of Amherst struck a chord. Again and again in recent years, it has seemed to me that Massachusetts has struggled to find a good balance between safety and risk, and …

Noreen Beebe: Student’s death highlights risk of side effects in birth control pills

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young women or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is. Many people view birth control pills as safe and effective, never thinking about possible side effects. If you know a young woman or …

Ruth Wade: Gift helps Whole Children expand valuable program

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Our thanks go out to Delcie Bean and the big-hearted folks at Paragus Strategic IT in Hadley who recently donated seven laptop computers to Whole Children. The laptops are a critical piece of Whole Children’s innovative Minecraft classes, which teach important social skills to children …

Amy Finlay: What white people can do to oppose racism

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. I know that if a man is beating a …

Helen Scharber: What striking CSO workers stood to gain — and what they risked

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Workers at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike for three days last week after negotiations with management failed to produce much-needed improvements in pay and working conditions. In a recent interview with 22News, CEO …

Leo Fountain: Flag deserves to fly at Easthampton pond

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter-writer’s comment last week on the flag flying over Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton: How dare you disrespect the American flag and say where and how it should be flown? I served my country in the military, in the Navy, as did …

David Roitman: Review of state regulations OK, but not if needed rules are weakened

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: On July 22, the Gazette reported Northampton City Council approval of the Chemiplastica storage tank at 238 Nonotuck St. in Florence. My wife and I recently walked by the plant during a lovely evening stroll and the article caught our eye. I’d like to highlight …

Nora Dillon: CSO workers proved the depth of their commitment to fair pay

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: I am a former employee of Clinical & Support Options. For two years I worked in crisis services in the agency’s Northampton office. Last Wednesday, as friends and former colleagues began their strike for fair pay, CEO Karin Jeffers cut off their health insurance. While …