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Dick Merrell: Hard to express sadness at Dr. Davidson’s loss

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing the heartfelt tribute to Dr. Michael J. Davidson recently. When the tragedy unfolded in far-off Boston, it felt like I was alone in my deep sense of loss. It helped to realize that Dr. Davidson had touched others with his kindness and incredible skill out here in western Massachusetts. My experience with Dr. Davidson was another example of his literally saving a life. …

Susan Smith: Cartoon about Brady went too far

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Hold on. The cartoon in last Saturday’s Gazette attacking Tom Brady went way too far. Has anyone in the sports world heard of “innocent until proven guilty?” Let’s look at what actually happened in the AFC championship game. In the first half, when the Patriots played with so-called deflated balls, the Patriots scored 17 points and the Colts scored 7 …

R. Allen Irvine: Praises Higgins column on MLK

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

To the editor: Bravo to Clare Higgins for pointing out in her column Jan. 24/25 that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been “sanitized as a dreamer and striver, instead of the transformative leader of a movement that changed the country.” The same point is made in a Gazette cartoon of Jan. 21 which shows MLK speaking in 1967: “One America is …

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Nanny Vonnegut, Laurie Foley, Scott Prior: Scourge of heroin epidemic is upon us

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: As concerned parents, our hearts soared at the recent headline news: Hampshire County gets $550,000 to combat toll of addiction. Finally, opiate addiction is no longer a closeted issue and much needed help is on the way. Our hearts sank on further reading that the …

Joe Jewett: Time to take legal action against naysayers

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps it is time to consider legal action against the deniers and naysayers on the issue of our deteriorating planet. By these I mean such as the Koch brothers, Sens. Inhofe and McConnell and Speaker Boehner. There are others of course who are heavily invested …

Charles Schmid: Time to clamp down on unruly drivers

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: I work in Northampton and drive through the city and have noticed something: you could be run down. While driving home one day I noticed some people would not cross when cars stop, as if afraid they would be run over. This is a major …

Paul DiLeo: Pipeline not the way to go on energy front

Friday, January 23, 2015

To the editor: The writer of the Jan. 20 letter in support of the natural gas pipeline proposed to pass through western Massachusetts seems unaware that renewable technologies are being installed at a rapid and increasing rate: globally, nationally and locally. Concerns over siting of large solar arrays …

Rabbi Judy Weiss: Another way to lobby on climate change issue

Thursday, January 22, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for publishing Dr. Marty Nathan’s guest column (Jan. 16, “Must needed change be palatable?”) which rues the fact that some people think a “program for change to prevent climate disaster needs to be inexpensive and palatable enough to be acceptable.” In the best …

Cynthia Loring MacBain: Missing voices at King events in Northampton: those of African-American men

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — I attended the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King celebration in Northampton this past Monday. The music composed and sung by Marcia Gomez was beautiful and moving. The panelists were all passionately committed to change. But there were voices I missed. Several times statistics were cited for …

Dr. David Gottsegen: Choices in primary care widen gateway to addiction

Thursday, January 22, 2015

By DR. DAVID GOTTSEGEN SOUTH HADLEY — The best way to address health problems is through primary prevention. Preventing the flu through hand washing and vaccines is preferable to treating people already sickened by the disease. It is better to prevent injuries from motor vehicle accidents by using …

Editorial: Big new home readied for freelance generation

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The phrase “rugged individual” isn’t just American lore. It describes a reality of the new economy. Consider the story of Click Workspace, an unusual Northampton nonprofit. Because of tight space at its Hampton Court home, the outfit has turned away people who want what it offers: shared work …

Jim Durfer: The unknown struggles of the ‘thin blue line’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To the editor: All of this ruckus about police brutality and white privilege in Northampton made me recall an intimate discussion I had with a dear friend who was one of four cops in a family dedicated to service. It was the type of discussion men have maybe …

Don Robinson: It’s time to revisit America’s experiment with democracy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ASHFIELD — On Thanksgiving Day, my column was devoted to the proposition that America’s constitutional system needs fundamental reform. Anyone arguing for reform faces two tasks: first, to show that present arrangements are not working (there is little dispute about that); and second, to offer an alternative that …