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Karl W. Ryavec: ISIS problem just part of larger crisis in Mideast

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: The decision to attack ISIS was made under the pressure of a mass feeling that ISIS must be punished for its execution of two Americans. If the attacks continue for a prolonged period several problems arise: constitutionality of the action; the attacks helping enemies of the U.S., particularly the dictator Assad and the fanatical Iranian leaders; and the fact that they do not eliminate the underlying sources …

Mitchell Sieser: Setting the Obama record straight on ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: An Associated Press writer’s depiction of Obama’s Middle East policies, (“Obama orders bombing in Syria,” Sept. 11) bares no resemblance to historical reality: “While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — particularly in Syria, a country where the chaos of an intractable civil war has given …

Bernie Bachand: What’s wrong with bad-mannered bicyclists?

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: I fully agree with recent letter-writers about bicyclists and their road habits. At times I have encountered as many as three and four abreast in the road, and they don’t even move for my pick-up. I think they are supposed to ride in file on the highway, but they think they own the road. Someday there is going to be …

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

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 …

Joshua Mintzer: Initiative process is a vital check for Massachusetts citizens

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I must take exception to a letter published Sept. 4 attacking the fundamental, Constitutional right of citizens to issue initiative petitions. It is far from the “frontal attack on American representative democracy,” as the author describes in a most alarmist tone. Instead, the process serves …