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Meigs Middle School eighth graders Andrew Steele, left, and Christian McIntosh hold an American flag on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Shalimar, Fla. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules and regulations for a reason? We have them like every … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs any American with a heart. Yet that cannot be the only aspect of the immigration … 0

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Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Friday, August 15, 2014

The school year will begin in Amherst with new strategies to confront racial conflict and improve the town’s ability to provide equal educational opportunities. Steps taken by officials this summer seem reasonable, but even good ideas go off … 0

Marc Warner: Planned $2.25 million rail underpass in Northampton wastes public money

Friday, August 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — About 10 years ago, nationwide attention turned toward a planned bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island in Alaska. To the construction companies that would build it, and the Alaska congressmen who pushed for federal funding, the bridge seemed like a great idea. To pretty much everyone … 2

Editorial: A new future for Parsons Street School

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easthampton is making the right decision to sell the Parsons Street School as well as the right steps to reach this conclusion. City officials have kept the public abreast of their intentions with the building for more than … 1

Mordechai Kamel: Critics apply a double standard when assessing Israel’s defense

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — I must comment on Howard Friel’s guest column Monday, “On Israel’s asserted right of self-defense,” and will begin with a question that Amos Oz, one of the founders and leaders of the Israeli Peace Movement for … 1

Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Now that the former Honda dealership building has been razed, and they’re looking to develop the King Street property, how about constructing a movie theater? Now, you have to go to Amherst or other towns to catch a film, as no daily films play in … 5

William Brezinski: End 'Tax Free' shopping day and institute 'Tax those who don’t Pay Taxes Day'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: As we begin to cheer a “tax free” shopping day, let us look at this celebration. Since everyone is “tax free” shopping, business does not have a reason to lower prices. Since everyone is shopping; … 0

Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To The editor: Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home … 9

Michael Dover: Bicyclist wants breaks in road pavement fixed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: On Aug. 4, I was riding east on Meadow Road in Amherst when my bicycle pitched over to the right and I hit the ground. The culprit was a narrow break in the pavement, just wide enough to catch a bike tire. I was lucky … 0

Bernice Massé Rosenthal: Save the history mural in Amherst

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Nine years ago Amherst proudly celebrated the completion of the historic mural facing the West Cemetery with a dedication ceremony. In attendance were descendants of some of the people depicted in the mural. I took part in the celebration and my name is on the … 0

Bruce Watson: Marking history with a Hallmark sentiment

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LEVERETT — Hey there History! Happy anniversaries! With a second Cold War looming and an umpteenth Iraq War on hold, history is haunting us this summer. And because our past is now cluttered with wars, battles and other earth-shaking events, this strange summer has also seen a strange … 0