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Bryan Mollison, of Savoy, Mass., leads his Holsteins Bandit, left, and Zeus, right, in the 20th Annual Ox Teamsters Challenge during the 146th Annual Cummington Fair at Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

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 … 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 … 1

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. … 3

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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

Marion Barre: WMass not getting its fair share of road monies

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: In the 1930s, Quabbin Reservoir was built to provide the primary water supply to Boston and greater Boston. This was only the beginning of the unfair distribution of resources between the eastern and western parts … 0

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am horrified at the attempt to burn the Israeli flag at B’nai Israel synagogue. There is no justification for such an act. No one has a right to do such a thing to any person or group of people. No one has a right … 8

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 … 3

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