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Nan Clark: Ox teamsters event not just for the menfolk

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: The crew responsible for the Ox Teamster’s Challenge at the Cummington Fair really appreciates the educational article featured in Monday’s Gazette. It is important to add that the competition is not just for men and boys. On Saturday there were three female teamsters and one 12-year-old girl also in the contest. Readers might be interested to now that the 2014 Challenge winner was a woman from Whately … 0

Mary Alsentzer: Williamsburg must confront shooting range safety

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Although I live in North Carolina, I spend at least a couple of weeks each summer with my mother on Hyde Hill Road in Williamsburg. On a recent Saturday my twin granddaughters came for a visit. As the weather looked threatening, we took the girls into the large barn on the property to play upstairs in the hay loft, which … 0

Fran Volkmann: Berwick would help state shape ‘Medicare for All’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick’s qualifications for governor are the strongest we have seen in years and are uniquely suited to our needs right now. While trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Berwick also holds an advanced degree in public policy. He can both attend to the needs of individuals and lead complex organizations. As the founder of the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement … 1

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Editorial: Repeat violations suggest OSHA fines are toothless

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says contractors working in a former Easthampton mill failed repeatedly to guard against workplace injuries. It’s good the agency is monitoring job sites, since more than 4,000 Americans are killed in … 0

Editorial: Two projects confront Amherst’s race problem

Tuesday, August 19, 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 track. This work will continue to demand close attention and … 0

Margaret Christie & Philip Korman: When local food producers go big

Monday, August 18, 2014

DEERFIELD — Demand for locally grown products by larger buyers, such as retailers, restaurants and institutions, is increasing in our region, and that is welcome news. A recent Gazette story, “Big food retailers going local,” highlighted the efforts of a few large buyers, BJ’s and Big Y, to … 0

A Gaza exchange: Gazette guest columnists debate issues of international law

Monday, August 18, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week on this page, the Gazette published guest columns by Howard Friel of Northampton (Aug. 11) and Mordechai Kamel of Easthampton (Thursday). Friel is an author and Kamel is a retired surgeon who now practices … 1

Editorial: On being poor and rich in these United States

Monday, August 18, 2014

To see how Americans are doing in today’s economy, the Federal Reserve went looking this past year in a place things are supposed to be OK: suburbia. Researchers more often study conditions in the inner city or the … 0

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 … 7

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