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Meigs Middle School eighth graders Andrew Steele, left, and Christian McIntosh hold an American flag on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Shalimar, Fla. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs any American with a heart. Yet that cannot be the only aspect of the immigration … 0

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Probably the same probability that someone would bomb the Boston Marathon or fly planes into the WTC. Since there are about 6...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Mary Kenny: Horrified that someone burned synagogue’s flag

Friday, August 15, 2014

To the editor: I am horrified at the attempt to burn the Israeli flag at B’nai Israel synagogue. There is no justification for such an act. No one has a right to do such a thing to any person or group of people. No one has a right … 8

Carrie Hemenway: Wants a movie theater in Northampton

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Now that the former Honda dealership building has been razed, and they’re looking to develop the King Street property, how about constructing a movie theater? Now, you have to go to Amherst or other towns to catch a film, as no daily films play in … 5

William Brezinski: End 'Tax Free' shopping day and institute 'Tax those who don’t Pay Taxes Day'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: As we begin to cheer a “tax free” shopping day, let us look at this celebration. Since everyone is “tax free” shopping, business does not have a reason to lower prices. Since everyone is shopping; … 0

Stan Schapiro: Why can’t nation act like what Statue of Liberty claims?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To The editor: Thank you for the recent article “Honduran families deported back to a bleak future.” In it you paint a clear picture of a young Honduran mother of two, her treacherous journey to the U.S. and her deportation, without seeing a judge, back to her home … 9

Michael Dover: Bicyclist wants breaks in road pavement fixed

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: On Aug. 4, I was riding east on Meadow Road in Amherst when my bicycle pitched over to the right and I hit the ground. The culprit was a narrow break in the pavement, just wide enough to catch a bike tire. I was lucky … 0

Bernice Massé Rosenthal: Save the history mural in Amherst

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To the editor: Nine years ago Amherst proudly celebrated the completion of the historic mural facing the West Cemetery with a dedication ceremony. In attendance were descendants of some of the people depicted in the mural. I took part in the celebration and my name is on the … 0

Jack Tulloss: Here’s some advice on all those immigrant children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: For decades the flotsam and jetsam of Mexican and Central American political instability, injustice, corruption and savagery has washed up on America’s borders. But in the good old days the reprobates in the queue were at least tall enough to look over the wall and … 0

Jenifer E. McKenna: Proud that Amherst is confronting racism

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: As horrified as I am to continue to face the fact that we still live in a racist world, I am proud to live in a community that is working with it so overtly. Like many of you, I thought we would be further along … 0

Jimmy Grogan, Steve Weiss: Rattlesnake Gutter Trust opposes proposed pipeline

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural and scenic areas of Leverett in balance with private property and community development. We do this primarily by purchasing and managing important conservation land, and by assisting Leverett landowners in protecting their property … 1

Nathaniel and Angelica Whitmal: Expresses pride in Amherst for helping children

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To the editor: We are writing to express our pride in the many people in Amherst that were willing to support the unaccompanied children from Central America. We are please that so many were/are prepared to share their homes and other resources with these children that fled gang … 0