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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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David Keir: Smith Academy thanks Hopkins for well wishes in state finals

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I opened my Gazette sports section last Friday to continue reading about the U.S Open, only to find a beautiful color advertisement wishing the Smith Academy Falcons baseball team good luck in the state finals on Saturday from the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. I cannot …

Susan Kennedy Marx: Juneteenth allowed Amherst to focus on oneness, amity

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Nine people engaged in study and prayer in one of the most historic churches in this country were shot and killed last Wednesday, June 17. The recurring cycle of violence was unleashed on black and brown family and community members at the historic Emanuel A.M.E …

David Arbeitman: Greatly concerned Baker will gut regulations that protect state

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I am concerned about Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations and the elimination of any state regulations that are more stringent than their federal counterparts. When it comes to our air, our water and our lands, Massachusetts has …

Editorial: State must bolster staffing for funeral home inspections

Monday, June 22, 2015

Until practice catches up with promises, customers of funeral home services in Massachusetts need to guard themselves and their families against fraudulent conduct that can turn a difficult time into a horrendous one. While steps have been taken …

Norene Roberts: Directors of movie being filmed need a lesson in horses

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Great idea to film some of “A Quiet Passion” in the area for authenticity. But in the hearse scene, the directors used the wrong breed of horses and the wrong tack. Draft horses for hearses and carriages? Heavy yokes and harnesses for plowing? Is this …

John A. O’Connor: Dog park on old state hospital land should survive

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: I attended the meeting at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School that addressed the future of the 300-acre property in Northampton that was previously the grounds for the state hospital. I expected that this would be an occasion to entertain various sentiments for the use …

John Montanari: Vision for future on climate change already under way

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: While Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si’” has made headlines around the world, I strongly urge those concerned about climate change to read another recent document on the subject. Produced by an international group of 18 accomplished scientists, scholars and thinkers, “An Ecomodernist Manifesto” (www.ecomodernism.org) proceeds …

Roger Conant: Advises pedestrians to walk along roadways facing traffic

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: Yet another avoidable pedestrian death. The Gazette recently reported about a lawsuit in the wake of an incident last year in which a pedestrian walking her bike was hit from behind and killed. A few years back I kept a one-year tally, which revealed that …

Michael Biegner: Shooting reminds us we need to find way out of our anger

Monday, June 22, 2015

To the editor: It was a murder in the cathedral. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ty Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Mira Thompson and Daniel Simmons. They wanted to pray. They wanted to understand the scriptures. That was all they wanted that evening. Please, …

Editorial: Easthampton teen Bryan Delaney is tops in making right decisions

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bryan Delaney of Easthampton is off this fall to study communications at Ithaca College. He’ll be no rank beginner. Delaney, 18, used what seems to be a natural ability to connect with people while studying at Easthampton High …