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Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say Committee was working to make sure that all Massachusetts residents were going to get the …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why is that? Because he’s a man? Because he’s a veteran? He doesn’t even live here. …

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Hollie Kalkstein: A CSO employee’s point of view on contract dispute

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

To the editor: Last Thursday morning, as I got ready to participate on the picket line, I heard NEPR coverage of the work stoppage at Clinical & Support Options (CSO). I was struck by CEO Karin Jeffers’ reasonableness, caring and her statement of valuing the work we do. …

Ginny Curtis: Gazette made right call to report on Confederate flag display

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Gazette editors were recently chastised by a Sunderland reader (“Too much attention to Williamsburg flag display”) for “putting those people in the spotlight,” forgetting “to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown” and requested that they exercise “better judgement in …

Edward Golding: Cost-effectiveness vital in tackling supposed risks

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: The recent article about the tight restrictions on the use of fryolators at the Taste of Amherst struck a chord. Again and again in recent years, it has seemed to me that Massachusetts has struggled to find a good balance between safety and risk, and …

Noreen Beebe: Student’s death highlights risk of side effects in birth control pills

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young women or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is. Many people view birth control pills as safe and effective, never thinking about possible side effects. If you know a young woman or …

Ruth Wade: Gift helps Whole Children expand valuable program

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: Our thanks go out to Delcie Bean and the big-hearted folks at Paragus Strategic IT in Hadley who recently donated seven laptop computers to Whole Children. The laptops are a critical piece of Whole Children’s innovative Minecraft classes, which teach important social skills to children …

Amy Finlay: What white people can do to oppose racism

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: As a woman who calls myself “white,” I do not know, firsthand, racial violence. I am lucky enough that I don’t know domestic violence firsthand either, but I do have a clear, instinctual understanding of it. I know that if a man is beating a …

Helen Scharber: What striking CSO workers stood to gain — and what they risked

Monday, July 27, 2015

AMHERST — Workers at Clinical & Support Options (CSO) went on strike for three days last week after negotiations with management failed to produce much-needed improvements in pay and working conditions. In a recent interview with 22News, CEO …

Leo Fountain: Flag deserves to fly at Easthampton pond

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: In response to a letter-writer’s comment last week on the flag flying over Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton: How dare you disrespect the American flag and say where and how it should be flown? I served my country in the military, in the Navy, as did …

David Roitman: Review of state regulations OK, but not if needed rules are weakened

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: On July 22, the Gazette reported Northampton City Council approval of the Chemiplastica storage tank at 238 Nonotuck St. in Florence. My wife and I recently walked by the plant during a lovely evening stroll and the article caught our eye. I’d like to highlight …

Nora Dillon: CSO workers proved the depth of their commitment to fair pay

Monday, July 27, 2015

To the editor: I am a former employee of Clinical & Support Options. For two years I worked in crisis services in the agency’s Northampton office. Last Wednesday, as friends and former colleagues began their strike for fair pay, CEO Karin Jeffers cut off their health insurance. While …