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Suzanne Farrington: Sanders backer appreciates no-spin stances on issues

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: I recently attended a gathering for Bernie Sanders in Northampton. We’re organizing his campaign not just because he’s the only politician who speaks to our interests, but because he has done so consistently for decades. He has generated excitement not just because he says what we want to hear, but because he explains how our mutual goals can be achieved. I have yet to hear spin from …

Judy Mathers: Business owner had right to fly Confederate flag on his property

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: In recent weeks there has been an extensive article in the Gazette and now a follow up and a picture of a resident of Williamsburg who fashioned a Confederate flag of metal and attached it to a building on his property. Now I would not do that and the town would not do that, but it hit me that this …

James Drisko and Hannah Karpman: Amid CSO strike, a call for change in reimbursement rates

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: We fully support the Clinical & Support Options employees choice to strike for fair living wages. Letters by Helen Scharber and Nora Dillon in the July 27 Gazette point out that piecework pay and related policies severely undermine mental health workers’ ability to make a consistent living wage. This is very much the reality for local social workers and other …

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Bernie Bachand: Mysterious man picks up tab, leaves huge impression

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

To the editor: On July 29, my wife Nancy Bachand picked up the two elderly ladies like she always does and took them to the senior center in Haydenville for lunch. After lunch she said to them, “we are going to do something different today instead of going …

Bob Gould: City should help bicyclists, drivers learn road rules

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: As a trained aircraft accident investigator and an instructor of human performance, I observe very closely the behavior of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Drivers in Massachusetts are some of the worst in the nation — too much speeding, tailgating, and a lack of signalling. But …

Maureen McGrath: Hadley officials should do more for Golden Court tenants

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: I was about to inquire at the Hadley office of the Golden Court, a housing complex for the elderly, if there might be any word about when they would check out my broken vintage oven, the dripping faucet, which I am growing accustomed to, or …

Susan Sachs: Dismayed Williston school for treatment of beautiful hills

Monday, August 3, 2015

To the editor: The Williston Northampton School has just destroyed a small spot of lively beauty. The school’s outdoor track on Taft Street in Easthampton is ringed on two sides by grassy hills, which slope down to a border of rocks surrounding the track. The hills, especially the …

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 …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why …

Merri Ansara: Valley Free Radio also home to community programming

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: You know, I’m not sure I have a lot of grounds for weighing in, but it occurs to me after reading Lily Wallace’s guest column, “Radio station WMUA should recommit itself to benefiting students,” that the WMUA students have a point. Especially when we have …

Genevieve E. Chandler: Children can remind adults of sadness, too

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: I agree with Dr. Nathan P. Somers’ guest column July 22, in which he described how we can help our children recognize their emotions. Children can help adults recognize their emotions, too. My 2-year-old grandson was enthusiastically waving bye-bye six months ago. Now he knows …

John Sinton: On radio station WMUA matter, we expect more from UMass administrators

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m responding to Lily Wallace’s guest column July 27 urging the University of Massachusetts to ban community members from participation in WMUA. From her 7/27 letter: “It is clear to me that community members should no longer be involved in the process, as they are …