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Bill Newman: Difficult vital decisions at life’s end

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — My mother was seated comfortably in a favorite chair by her bedroom window that overlooked the snow-dusted fields and stands of evergreens behind the Lathrop Community in Easthampton. The gentle late afternoon light of that warm-for-winter day filled the room. Her oncologist was seated on the hassock beside her — a woman doctor who was accomplished, kind, direct, …

Editorial: Spate of break-ins may shift security stance in Amherst

Saturday, August 1, 2015

While the pace of life in Amherst slows considerably each summer, recent break-ins have people on edge — and rethinking their need to protect themselves and their property. So far, the amount of cash and belongings taken has been relatively small. What’s unnerving is the number of break-ins. Over one weekend in mid-July, 10 businesses or residences were broken into on Main and …

Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

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Nathan P. Somers, MD: How we are guided by sadness

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When life’s challenges and letdowns are thrown their way, children may experience sadness. Maybe they lost an important sports game, got a bad grade, lost something or someone special, or had their feelings hurt. Sadness is an emotion that’s uncomfortable for any adult, especially parents, to …

Editorial: Rosenberg trial document release sheds light on grim chapter in US legal history

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A long-awaited document related to the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is now public. And while the jigsaw puzzle of the couple’s guilt or innocence isn’t fully together, there is more reason than ever to question whether both husband and wife engaged in conspiracy to commit espionage, …

Kerry-Beth Garvey: US flag should not fly from ‘makeshift clothesline’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: Yes, the U.S. flag should be removed from Nashawannuck Pond. Yes. It absolutely does disrupt the beauty of the natural landscape and ecosystem. Personally, I find it distracting and out of place. But none of that matters. The U.S. flag should be flown on an …

Joanne Lastowski: Agrees with writer that bicyclists need to share the road

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: I have to agree with the letter from a reader about bicycle safety. I ride a bicycle myself and enjoy the user friendliness of our town. However, I have observed many cyclists riding two and even four abreast with traffic coming from behind. Maybe I’m …

James L. Fisher: Robert Caret did nothing wrong by profiting from condo sale

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: As a former university president and as someone who has traversed this landscape, I was taken aback by the Gazette’s editorial calling the sale of former UMass President Robert Caret’s condominium a violation of the “spirit of a housing allowance.” Caret had been granted a …

Christine Jutres: Gazette gave too much play to those who fly Confederate flag in Williamsburg

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: As I read responses to the editor regarding the Confederate flag, “On that rebel flag in Williamsburg, July 15” ( by the way did we forget to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown?) I find myself trying to imagine …

Janet Shaw: Why we should celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: I became a Medicare recipient just a few months ago. For the first time it’s a benchmark that I celebrated. I got my Medicare card and just about did a back flip. I couldn’t quite understand why I was so excited until it occurred to …

Timothy Sheehan: Health story did not provide full picture of Ulcerative Colitis

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the letter: I was shocked to read the article on the July 14 Health page, entitled “Food is Medicine.” While the article is an interesting account of a woman’s switch to a vegan-organic lifestyle, it is alarming …

Dan Daniels: What would Patriots’ owner think of Williamsburg firm’s display?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank the Gazette for publishing the article about CRD Metalworks and its display of the Confederate flag. Of course the flag represents racism, terror and treason and the self-acknowledged Williamsburg “rednecks” know that. With that in mind I sent a copy of …

Raymond Mahoney: Just a few things missing from Amherst’s Kendrick Park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: Kendrick Park in Amherst. I drive by it almost every day on my journey to town and invariably it is deserted. At first I wonder why such a beautiful green space with shade trees galore is devoid of human beings. But then it is obvious. …