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Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to make her own decision, but not in isolation or poverty. As a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, I …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and thank-you notes obviously drawn by young children, were on the tables addressed to the veteran. …

Rich Feldman: Challenges ahead for those on BOTH sides of BID

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: As those of us who endorsed the BID recover from the horrible shocks of the past few weeks, and those who brought it to an end contemplate next moves, I pose these challenges to all: ■ Care about and work for something larger than yourself, that has broad public benefit even if it required delayed individual gain. ■ Do something …

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Marty Nathan: A new air war with an old side effect: massive pollution

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — I was digging compost and wheelbarrowing it past my backyard chickens to the front yard vegetable garden when I found myself thinking the same thoughts I shared on these pages in 2011. Then I had pondered …

Madeleine Blais: My (somewhat faked) Thanksgiving with the Admiral and Swabby

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — It was one of those cheerfully rigged contests: if you entered, you won. Cooked up by a TV show in western Massachusetts during the fall when I was in the sixth grade, the competition was a …

Samuel VanSant Stoddard: Easy, progressive voters. You’ll get your chance next time

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In recent years, Democrats have taken righteous solace in the knowledge that when more Americans vote, they win; a week ago they experienced the other side of this truism: Democratic voters are unreliable. In 2012, after the nation’s …

Peter Vickery: When it comes to Ebola, it’s not paranoia if the virus reaches you

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

AMHERST — The Ebola outbreak reminds us that there are always a few self-appointed experts quick to offer medical diagnoses and prescriptions, despite the absence of symptoms and their own lack of scientific credentials. I refer, of course, …

In Close Proximity: To frack or not to frack?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — The Sept. 27/28 Daily Hampshire Gazette story “Rate shock” reported that our greater region’s supplier of gas and electricity, National Grid, would increase its electricity rates “by 37 percent over last winter’s rates starting in November....” The story explains that: “The spike is a result of …

Editorial: FCC nears decision at heart of Internet access

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As consumers of democracy, American voters showed considerable apathy about last week’s mid-term elections, with two-thirds staying home. That won’t be the case if regulators allow another thing they consume — streaming video — to be messed up …

David Katz: Disheartening to watch Obama as president

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: The Democratic Party suffered a significant electoral defeat in the 2014 elections, on both the federal and state levels. Democratic losses spanned the country, occurring in both moderate and heavily blue states. The causes of this are many: effective Republican candidates, weak Democratic ones (e.g. …

Julius Lester: Wishes letter writer had extended more respect to Love

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: In her letter (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 4), a writer criticizes Professor Emerita Barbara Love for some of her views on racism. “Could the shopping incident example that Love offered her audience have something to do with a misunderstanding or a hearing disability on the …

Editorial: Recalling a long-ago hero on this Veterans Day

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing didn’t live long enough to have children. He died July 3, 1863, on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, along with many of the men he commanded in a Union artillery division. And so it …

Jasper Lapienski: Blue-state revolt: Why he’s glad he voted for Evan Falchuk

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Baker, 48.5 percent. Coakley, 46.6 percent. Falchuk, 3.3 percent. I’m not a Republican, but results like these make me smile: Thanks to the courage and principle of over 71,000 fellow Massachusetts voters, Democrats have been firmly put in their place by democracy. I assure you, I …