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Patricia and Stanley Libucha: Belchertown taxpayers should review property bills carefully

Friday, August 28, 2015

To the editor: If you own a home or vacant property in Belchertown, do not take for granted that your tax bill and the calculation of the acreage and square footage for your property is accurate. According to the director of assessments, and I quote, “As of 1-1-12 our assessors maps were updated using the MassGIS mapping system developed by the Commonwealth. This program utilizes aerial orthoimagery, which is significantly …

J.M. Sorrell: Gazette wrong to come to Chris Duval’s defense on free speech grounds

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: It’s one thing to hear from Chris Duval (infamous now for guns and Confederate flag defenses) and to print his comments. It seems ridiculous, however, for a well-regarded newspaper to come to his defense regarding the Cummington Fair. If he had painted on his building “Die Faggot” or “Filthy Jews,” I suspect you would not have a problem with his …

Tenzin Tsedon: See Confederate ‘battle flag’ for what it is: a racist symbol

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To the editor: Lot of people who support the Confederate flag always seem to compare it to the rainbow flag or a flag of another country, saying all of them represent pride and Americans have the right to fly them regardless of others’ disapprovals. If one truly wants to compare the rebel banner to another flag, why not do it with the flag …

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Peter J. and Michele M. Marcoux: Cummington Fair ‘dictatorship’ owes CRD Metalworks an apology

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: We usually don’t take a stand regarding issues that don’t involve us. However, our hearts say that we need to take a stand regarding this issue. We cannot believe that the Hillside Agricultural Society has asked CRD Metalworks not to participate in the Cummington Fair …

Sidney B. Simon: Of wars, equality and the focus on grades

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I congratulate you for printing that excellent piece by Steve Pfarrer on the books of Professor Christian C. Appy that focus on the Vietnam War. We must not forget that war. Appy’s quote from Henry Steele Commager needs to be read widely. “... though we …

George Levinger: Deal on Iranian nuclear issue worthy of support

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: Do we want another war in the Mideast, specifically against Iran? If the detractors of our president are to be supported, that’s what we’re likely to get. Should we listen to the Republican politicians, whose aim is to vilify Obama on his every policy, whether …

Thomas Hyer: Seniors should join to protect retiree benefits

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: This month marked the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act and for those of us 65 and older, Social Security continues to be a critical source of income. Social Security was established to protect seniors by setting aside savings we contributed in our working …

Lynne Weintraub: You can fly your flag, and I can tell you what I think of it

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I would like to remind the author of a letter published Aug. 13 that while the First Amendment guarantees the right to display any flag one chooses, it does not provide the person displaying it with immunity from the expressions of revulsion that it may …

Betty Roy: Let’s not forget to pause and help others here in our Valley

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: There was an elderly gentleman walking his dog on Route 10 in Southampton yesterday. At one point, the dog just wouldn’t move from the entrance to the Big Y shopping plaza and as much as the gentleman tried to get the dog to move, he …

Robin Dizard: Recognize Planned Parenthood videos for the distortions they represent

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: An old expression, “to find a mare’s nest,” names what happens when someone mistakes a long-known situation for an amazing new discovery. The spurious videos longtime opponents of abortion rights have released are only mares’ nests: crazy misinterpretations of daily realities. These new videos accuse …

Edward S. Zuchowski, Sr.: Fetal tissue research is ‘slippery slope’

Friday, August 21, 2015

To the editor: Much has been written of late on these pages concerning the videotaping of Planned Parenthood officials by members of a pro-life organization. Certainly, a case might be made that the secret nature by which these videos may have been obtained might be a bit deceptive, …

Robert Erwin: Artist’s beef with conservation area upkeep questionable

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: David Ziomek, the assistant town manager in Amherst, is too polite to say so. Yet artist Lorna Ritz appears to be a species-ist, based on her recent columns in the Gazette and Amherst Bulletin about the state of overgrown vegetation at the Mt. Pollux Conservation …

Douglas Cooley: Flag display belongs at Easthampton pond

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: Leave the flag display at Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. It is not hurting anyone. Why remove it? I have read several letters about this in the Gazette, some claiming the flag should come down. Leave it alone and let it stay there. I don’t think …