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Bradley LeVay: Thanks to all who make Armed Forces Appreciation Day a success

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: The Veterans Council of Northampton and I as its president would like to thank all of the workers and donors for the help and effort they gave to make the “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” at Look Park such a big success May 23. A good time was had by all. Bradley LeVay Leeds …

Donna Peloquin: US flag must remain at Easthampton pond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to two letters about moving the U.S. flag from the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. The authors may not know why that flag was put there. It was placed after 9/11 to honor brave men and women and to celebrate our freedom. No one complained before. So why now? I think what is being said is hogwash. …

Ginny Curtis: Seeds of intolerance sewn right into Confederate flag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: Our nation remains choked by racism, with blatant acts of violence and degrees of brutal subtleties. Will the people of South Carolina now support removing a Confederate flag from their government buildings, the banner linked to the senseless hate-filled murders of nine black Americans? From 1861 to 1865 there were three designs used as the national flags of the Confederacy. …

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Katharine McMillan Roberts: Why a young teacher’s travel plans changed 50 years ago

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I saw your “A Look Back” listing of local events from 50 years ago (June 27-28) and can provide an update. I was that young French teacher in Room 206 at JFK Middle School who planned to teach in New England for two years and …

Byron Coley: A call to fight changes at radio station WMUA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

To the editor: I read last week’s articles on the recent turmoil at WMUA with interest. Having been on the air at the station in the 1970s, and then doing underwriting with them in the 1990s, I felt as though I had some skin in the game. Over …

Caitlyn Shea Butler: Clarke school’s impact felt in Northampton community

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: A June 24 article in the Gazette describes Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech’s new relationship with Fontbonne University in St. Louis for their master’s of education of the deaf (MED) program. With many changes at Clarke in recent years, I think that it is …

Don Schneier: Can capitalism be moral force in fight against climate change?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: In his June 24 guest column in the Gazette, Bill Eacho ignores the fact that capitalism is an application of a species of morality usually called “egoism,” according to which one should act only in one’s self-interest. Capitalism is therefore inherently antithetical to what he …

Osa Flory: Online voter registration makes its grand debut

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: On June 23, Secretary of State William Galvin announced the launch of online voter registration, allowing Massachusetts citizens with signatures on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to fill out paperless voter registration applications over the Internet. On this same day, members of the …

Bill Diamond: Let’s expand solar power that can be sold to grid

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: If you have solar cells on your home or business, “net metering” gives you a credit for electricity you don’t use and feed back to the grid. This makes it much more affordable to install solar. Right now, the existing caps on solar net metering …

Jesse Schwalbaum: Differing viewpoints no longer welcome at UMass radio station WMUA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To the editor: I’m not sure it is advisable to judge the motives and rationale of the University of Massachusetts students at radio station WMUA who forced the ouster of a community DJ (Max Shea) and the long-time station adviser (Glenn Siegel). Especially since the students who manage …

Peter Jessop: Spieth is great at golf, could use history lesson

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps Jordan Spieth should have finished his career at Texas. He might have developed a more “keen sense of history” than evidenced by his remarks after winning the U.S. Open. In discussing a previous visit to the Old Course at St. Andrews, he alleges that …

Vic and Pat Kodis: Tom Toski, the man in the white cap, is a gift to area golf instruction

Monday, June 29, 2015

To the editor: This guy with the white cap deserves a pat on the back. He’s at work outside whether it’s 55 degrees or 95 degrees, improving the swings of decent golfers and building the swings of hackers and duffers. Tom Toski has been doing this a long …

Readers comment on proposal to remove U.S. flag from Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letters to the editor comment on a letter-writer’s proposal to remove the American flag that flies at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton to allow unobstructed scenic views — and picture-taking opportunities — now that a …