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Dr. Theodore K. Selkirk Jr.: Studies shows states jumped gun on medical marijuana

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Regarding the question about the effectiveness of medical marijuana raised in a Sept. 15 Gazette article, two medical literature reviews on the subject were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, one by a team of 13 authors in Bristol, England, on 79 trials with 6,462 participants, the others by Dr. Kevin Hill of Belmont, Massachusetts, on 28 trials. They focused on quality …

G. Dixon: Lack of parking, filing fees at courthouse outrageous

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: This does indeed stink. Why aren’t Hampshire Superior Court jurors given either an assigned parking space or a day pass? Because it subsidizes the court system? Come on! Do we have one government, or is each a separate fiefdom? Furthermore, isn’t the filing fee for Superior Court more than elitist? Seems to me that both the lack of supplied parking …

Paul Slater: Perhaps Kentucky clerk can cast stones after all

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Perhaps we should bear in mind that Kim Davis of Kentucky may be without sin and therefor able to cast stones as she sees fit. Paul Slater Northampton …

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Joe Lavallee: Councilors should not have taken sides before union vote

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hotel Northampton vote is over, it seemed wrong for some members of the City Council to openly take sides during this stressful time for all involved. The hotel is a gem in the city and has been a very supportive participant for …

Margaret Miller: Commends young band members for speaking out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

To the editor: I am dismayed and disappointed by the conclusion of the Gazette’s Sept. 23 editorial entitled “Battle of words follows battle of teen bands.” The “talented youngsters” and their parents, whom you criticize, did not choose to start a “crusade.” The young women involved sought to …

Tony Redington: Concerns over pedestrian safety at roundabout are unfounded

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: The concern over pedestrian safety at the proposed Amherst roundabout at Triangle and East Pleasant streets must be dismissed. Single-lane roundabouts are safe for walkers. Research shows single-laners reduce pedestrian death rates by about 90 percent, as well as lower the severity of injuries. With …

Rebekah Madera: Northampton School Committee needs Baird’s experience, passion

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Please accept my highest recommendation to elect Tom Baird of 37 Drewsen Drive, in Florence, to the Northampton School Committee (Ward 6). I am a Northampton resident deeply invested in the public schools with a child in them myself. Baird and I taught professionally at …

Edward Keefe: Iron ‘monstrosity’ on courthouse lawn should come down

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: Now that the Hampshire County Courthouse has been refurbished at great expense, I think it is time to remove the large iron monstrosity from the front lawn. It has no historical meaning, and I cannot see where it has artistic value. Edward Keefe Leeds …

Mary L. Wentworth: Columnist should not overlook power of a Sanders campaign

Friday, October 2, 2015

To the editor: In his monthly column on Sept. 21, Don Robinson states flat out that neither Sanders nor Trump can win the White House next year. The arguments that are supposed to close off this possibility for Sanders are the same ones made by the Democratic Party …

Robert Bussewitz: A football loss is disappointing, but certainly not a ‘devastation’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: “Devastation” the Gazette headline says, describing the University of Massachusetts Amherst football team’s defeat at the hands of Temple University? Really? Well, I’m not a Temple fan. In fact I’m a UMass alum (class of 1964). I can image how “broken-hearted” UMass fans were having …

Rich Szlosek: Naming baseball field after Stu Miller a fitting tribute

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: On Sept. 13 the Stu Miller Baseball Field at Veterans’ Memorial Field was officially dedicated and I want to thank the Gazette for its early and strong support for that endeavor. Despite threatening skies, some 60 people showed up for the dedication. Tom Parent, chairman …

Louise Kohrman Martindell: After 2 close calls, homeowner wants city to make street safer

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: I am writing to ask for the city’s help because I don’t know what else to do. I am a resident of 198 Nonotuck St. in Florence where I live with my husband and 4-month-old daughter. There have been two accidents in one summer to …

Linda S. Greenebaum: Smith’s musical presence in Amherst will be missed

Thursday, October 1, 2015

To the editor: Pat Smith’s 26-year reign over orchestras in Amherst was a very golden time. My dynasty of daughters, all string players, still ply their musical trade as they hit the half-century mark. Smith was dynamic, driving, inspirational and did not allow for sluggards in the back …