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Peter Jessop: Spieth is great at golf, could use history lesson

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps Jordan Spieth should have finished his career at Texas. He might have developed a more “keen sense of history” than evidenced by his remarks after winning the U.S. Open. In discussing a previous visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, he alleges that “our country was discovered in 1492” and puts his golf shoe even deeper into his mouth when he says “they were playing …

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 time, a very long time, always with the white cap and always with extraordinary patience. …

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 new boardwalk surrounds the water body. PART OF OUR LIVES: I have been living here …

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Don Robinson: The person we are looking for as president

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ASHFIELD — Campaign 2016 is still in its early stages. People like Donald Trump and Lincoln Chaffee are throwing their hats into the ring. Pundits are assessing the chances of candidates like Rick Santorum and Martin O’Malley. Before the winnowing gets serious, we need to ask ourselves fundamental …

Editorial: Second legal front opens in case against William W. Ryder

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grieving families began filing lawsuits just weeks after the state closed the Ryder Funeral Home a year ago. This week, grand jurors sitting in Northampton, having heard of the fraud and malpractice William W. Ryder is alleged to have perpetrated for more than a decade, opened a second …

Editorial: ‘Family Fourth’ goes down to wire in Northampton

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Organizers of the Northampton Family Fourth Celebration, just days from their party, are struggling to hit a fundraising goal. The music is booked and fireworks ordered. All that’s needed are clear skies and a few thousand dollars. Priscilla Ross, the group’s chairwoman, said that if there is going …

Betty Kotch: Classy move by Hopkins to wish Smith Academy luck with ad

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: On June 9, the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks baseball team posted an ad in the Gazette to express good luck to the Smith Academy Falcons. That is a prime example of good sportsmanship. Hopkins, you are a classy team. Betty Kotch Hatfield …

John Coull: A call to do more to make Amherst bicyclists safe

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: I too bemoan the lack and condition of Amherst’s bike lanes. This, in a town that speaks of “complete streets” and values pollution reduction through decreased automobile use, is really a contradiction. It is remarkable that there are not more auto-bike encounter disasters. Much credit …

Randee Laikind: Funeral alliance can help consumers make tough choices

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the informative articles in the Gazette Saturday and Monday about our funeral home industry in Massachusetts. At a time of extreme emotion people have come to rely on the services of their funeral home staff to guide them in making some of …

Christine Mulcahy: Children’s book a good example of why testing doesn’t work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: There is a wonderful children’s book by Heinz Janisch titled “I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear.” Throughout the story, this bear meets several different people, all of whom sense that the bear is worried, all of whom profess to have something to solve …

Editorial: Shutesbury solar project deserves complete consideration

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Last week, some of the people of Shutesbury rose up to express concern about a planned solar farm on 30 wooded acres off Pratt Corner Road. Shutesbury, to a large extent a bedroom town of well-educated employees of local colleges, is often seen as a politically progressive place. …

Bill Eacho: Capitalism can stop climate change

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pope Francis has made it clear that all of us have a responsibility to be good stewards of this planet, and as such must address the challenge of climate change. Many frame this issue as capitalism vs. Christianity, as economic prosperity vs. morality. But it doesn’t have to …

Lee Tonet: Proud of Hampshire Regional softball for its state title win

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Wow, reading the account in Monday’s Gazette about the Hampshire Regional softball team winning the Division 2 state final last Saturday gave me a great deal of pride and happiness for them. Sunday morning I chanced upon a video “somewhere” on my iPhone of the …