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Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, death by starvation and the lack of water is not the happy and “peaceful” end we seek even if we thought we …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only family you know. It means being shuffled around an overburdened child welfare system with little …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks …

Stuart Krantz: One person, one vote must remain American way

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: The amount of money a person owns must not dictate how much speech a person can have. In the United States of America, each person must have one vote and not use their corporate money as a way to have more speech We must amend …

Andrew Morehouse: Join to take action against hunger in WMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: In western Massachusetts, there are more than 200,000 people annually struggling with hunger or food insecurity — not knowing where and when their next meal will come from. This number has doubled in the past five years. For this reason, our region’s emergency food network …

Asher Brookes: School lunches should offer a proper nutritional example

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning again to school lunches. Traditionally, the U.S.D.A. has used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third …

C.L. Dick: Amherst doing more than its fair share for UMass

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: No matter how large the town of Amherst is, we need smart, sustainable, esthetic and creative solutions with the needs of all citizens in mind. Why does the state university system put 30,000 students in a town the size of Amherst, when cities like Lowell …

Jon Lackman: Gaza crisis demands ‘intellectual humility’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: Many recent letters concerning Gaza reek of moral certitude. We are taught in school to advance one position, to invoke counter arguments only to rout them, with some good reason, but this conflict demands nuance and reservation. It is millennia-old and in the last century …

David Starr: Time for Northampton to ban plastic bags, Styrofoam cups

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To the editor: One path to minimize Northampton’s contributions to climate change is to reduce its contributions to landfills by 90 percent — 30 percent from increased recycling rates, 30 percent from increased composting and 30 percent from fewer purchases and less packaging. The numbers are impressive but …

Graham Gal: Of corporations, free speech and rights

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: While the Sept. 2 column by Jay Fleitman asks what rights plaintiffs seek to protect in the Hobby Lobby case, perhaps an equally important question is what rights that company has that should be protected. Corporations are formed to allow for a separation of the …

Osa Flory: League’s book sale not possible without generous volunteers

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: The Northampton League of Women Voters will hold its 65th annual book sale Sept. 27 at the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Help from the public has been amazing. In just six weeks, 12,000 books were donated at Forbes Library and at Cooper’s Corner. …

Michael Lawrence Levine: Questioning a lot of recent positivity in Amherst

Friday, September 12, 2014

To the editor: How wonderful to have a positive town manager in Amherst whose immediate reflex is to support anyone and everyone in town government before performing the slightest analysis of the facts and data. His recent reflexive support of the planning office director is positively positive. I’m …