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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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Curtis Smith: A patriot suggests that colors are sometimes only that

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am wondering about the spate of letters decrying the use of red, white and blue colors as being disrespectful to our flag. Does patriotism prohibit the use of these colors in any way except … 0

Bob Armstrong: Healey has needed experience in AG’s office

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: When voters look at the candidates for attorney general, they see a politician running against an experienced litigator. While Warren Tolman is not a bad guy, he is running as a state senator with no experience with the position he is seeking. His campaign message … 0

Ruth Smith: It is up to Hamas to renounce violence

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: Many of us who support Israel bemoan the loss of innocent lives in Gaza as well as in Israel, be they many or few. Many protesters take the media comments and images from the conflict … 0

Ronald Hodges: Crosswalks could bear official seals of military branches

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I have a suggestion that may help resolve the controversy over the patriotic-themed sidewalk crossing proposed for Main Street in Northampton. Some veterans have expressed concern that using the red, white and blue colors of the American flag is disrespectful. My recommendation would be to … 1

Rosemarie Clark: Stop Israel’s repression, violence in Gaza

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

To the editor: I am outraged by the number of deaths in Palestine, most of them civilians and children. I ask, “Has the media been biased?” Every time there is a protest, Palestinians are deemed terrorists by the media. One third of their hospitals have been demolished. Families … 0

Bonnie MacCracken: Treasurer candidate Tom Conroy wants to fight climate change

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tom Conroy, candidate for state treasurer, will have my vote in the Democratic primary Sept. 9. My decision is based on bold actions he has taken to advocate for a flexible and progressive carbon tax … 0

Andrew Larkin, M.D.: Don Berwick’s progressivism is right for our times

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Don Berwick Is running for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat. He is the only candidate who has stated he is a progressive. Seventy percent of Americans support a progressive agenda. When he talks it … 0

Lynn Griesemer: Tini Sawicki of Amherst had will to live, desire to give

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: Tini Sawicki’s life will be remembered by many far into the future. For people, especially women, who are diagnosed with breast cancer, Tini was the president of the club, and she will remain on the emeritus list forever. She faced cancer as a patient willing … 0

William J. Rowan: Rationalizing Israel’s behavior in Gaza

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: It never ceases to astound me when otherwise intelligent people continue to rationalize Israel’s unconscionable behavior in Gaza as a reasonable and proportionate act of self defense in response to recent Palestinian “aggression.” Israel wants to cherry pick the time period at which to start … 0

Barry Hirsch: The political uses of Palestinian ‘victimization’

Monday, August 25, 2014

To the editor: In a recent edition, a letter-writer says the “majority of people in Gaza are simply longing for a life of peace and cooperation.” In 2007, the people of Gaza held an election that was endorsed … 0