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Curtis Smith: A patriot suggests that colors are sometimes only that

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am wondering about the spate of letters decrying the use of red, white and blue colors as being disrespectful to our flag. Does patriotism prohibit the use of these colors in any way except on our flag? I am a veteran of three years in the Army in World War II, so, of course, my own patriotism is unquestionable. I have a white house with blue shutters. Does the presence of red geraniums in my window box brand me as disrespectful to the flag? I wonder what these superpatriots are trying to prove. Curtis Smith South Hadley … 0

Bob Armstrong: Healey has needed experience in AG’s office

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as a state senator with no experience with the position he is seeking. His campaign message is, basically, “I will lead by treating the AG office like a Senate seat.” The … 0

Ruth Smith: It is up to Hamas to renounce violence

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: Many of us who support Israel bemoan the loss of innocent lives in Gaza as well as in Israel, be they many or few. Many protesters take the media comments and images from the conflict at face value without understanding the complexity of the situation. Many, both outside and inside Israel, want peace with the Palestinians, both in the West … 0

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Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I spent the evening of July 31 at Logan Airport, waiting to fly to Krakow, Poland, to join my daughter on a journey to discover my deceased mother’s past. My mother, Irena Schenker, grew up in a country that would lose about 3 million of its … 5

Marietta Pritchard: First that and now this? When bad things come in multiples

Friday, August 15, 2014

AMHERST — Despite his education in a rational tradition, my father was slightly superstitious. He didn’t like spilled salt, he spoke of omens and he had, so he believed, a lucky necktie. Immediately after the first few times … 0

Richard W.Tracy: Full-page ad on Social Security office off-base

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I was intrigued by the full page political ad in the Aug. 1 Gazette which brought up an issue that needs to be discussed widely in all sections of our society today. But the view … 3

Tor Krogius: Curious use of phrase for war in Iraq

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I recently read a column in your paper that said, “Barack Obama came to office in economic turmoil but at the end of a successful war in Iraq.” I was surprised to read this characterization of the war in Iraq. If I were ever to … 0

Charles Schmid: Some questions about Comcast in Easthampton

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: Comcast may take over in Easthampton and this might be good. After reading the Gazette article about the switch I liked that they would give older people a discount. Being 60 that interested me. But it said nothing about Internet connection, which Charter has. Having … 0

Bruce M. Kriviskey: Northampton sidewalks that chirp ... and celebrate

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am both amused and absorbed by the continuing crosswalk controversy affecting downtown Northampton. The traditional painted “ladder” of white stripes and borders with a colorful infill is one of the simplest, least expensive, and most graphically pleasing ways to brighten up the downtown while … 0

Laurie Martinelli: Remember Robin Williams for his gifts

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: It’s hard to think about Robin Williams without smiling. His energy, his intelligence and his humor were so profound and his death brings a sadness equally as profound. Robin Williams battled depression and substance use. Many others facing the same struggles succumb to the same … 0

Charles LaPiene: What 6-year-old do you know who could go 1,220 miles without dying?'

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: If you have heard how the border children made this trip, please let me know. These questions need to be asked. It doesn’t pass the smell test. Why do people think Americans will accept and … 1

Jessica Tanner: Northampton should ban single-use plastic bags

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I knew that I had to write this letter after reading a story to my 1-year-old about a sea turtle’s life cycle and then, in the same week, read online about a sea turtle named Billy, aged 9, who had ingested plastic pieces from a … 0

Mary McKitrick: Try a traffic circle instead of the four-way stop

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: When the four-way stop signs went up at the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue, Prospect and Jackson streets in Northampton, my hopes were raised that this would ease traffic problems there. Unfortunately this was not the ideal solution. I estimate that 15-20 percent of drivers don’t … 0