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Lynne Weintraub: Backs Berwick for state governor

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Who is Don Berwick, and why do I think he should be our next governor? It’s not just that he is the founder and CEO of a non-profit that has saved lives all over the world. Or that he was President Obama’s choice to lead the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (though he was eventually blocked by Republicans because he was too progressive). What really inspires me … 0

Silas Kopf: Why are barrels still only solution at near Pulaski Park

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: Some time ago there was a tragic pedestrian fatality on South Street at the crosswalk adjacent to Pulaski Park. But, it was so long ago that I only know that we can measure it in years rather than months. There was a “temporary” fix involving the placement of safety barrels at the crossing spot. As month after month passes this … 1

Jim Olsen: Lots of thanks to spread around for Green River fest

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To the editor: This year’s Green River Festival was a huge success, selling out in advance with attendance of over 6,000 per day. All of us at Signature Sounds are so grateful for our supportive community and loyal festival go-ers. This year was Signature’s first year producing the event and it was important that we prove ourselves worthy successors to the Franklin County … 0

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George Goodwin, Rhoda Honigberg: Huge stakes in upcoming election

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: “I wish we had a Hobby Lobby around here, so I could boycott it.” This was the sentiment expressed by a friend of ours recently. If the Senate falls into the hands of Republicans in November we can expect even greater restrictions on our rights. … 2

Karl W. Ryavec: Many reasons why military don’t show up

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: What many do not know is that leaving one’s duty station without permission can be rather common in the military. While on a destroyer escort in the Pacific during the 1950s I would always wonder, before every stint at sea, “Who will not show up … 0

Steve Funderburk: Pistorius murder trial belongs in news section

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: I note the Associated Press article about the status of the Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial in the sports section along with Sox David Ortiz’s three-run homer and the tough week at Wimbleton for the ‘women’s side.’ I would urge that the Gazette, even if posting … 0

Stephanie Slysz: Supports Healey’s transparency on spending

Friday, July 18, 2014

To the editor: In light of recent controversy over campaign finance and the call for reform, as an inquisitive voter I unearthed some discrepancies about Maura Healey and Warren Tolman’s People’s Pledge to ban outside spending in the Massachusetts Attorney General race. On May 29, Healey approached Tolman … 0

Susan Morrello: Gives praises for Amherst Taste recycling

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Kudos to Amherst’s Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Amherst Committee, participating businesses and volunteer composting coaches. At the recent Taste of Amherst, you collectively diverted approximately six tons of compostable “trash” from ending up in landfills or from being incinerated. Instead, it went to … 0

Suzanne Forman: Generosity, caring by Ted’s greatly appreciated

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: On Saturday I drove to Northampton and parked in the parking garage in order to buy my daughter some shoes at Ted’s Boot Shop. We spent about ten minutes in the store and left with my daughter sporting some new sandals. When the search through … 0

Danielle Letourneau-Therrien:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: This letter is to publicly thank several local people who have recently helped make a huge difference in the life of a child who is enrolled in our program here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. “Little Sister” Abby and her “Big Sister” … 0

Carolyn Cave: UUSA invites folks to come see the restored window

Thursday, July 17, 2014

To the editor: Dear Amherst friends and neighbors, The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) would like to thank the community for supporting the restoration of the beautiful “Angel of the Lilies” Tiffany stained glass window. With the support of the Historical Commission and very generous CPA funding … 0

John Howard: Now is the time to think about buying electric car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: Now is the time to buy an electric car. With the new state point of sale rebate of up to $2,500, the IRS tax break of up to $7,500 and the price drop of $5,000 on several electric cars (EV), a Massachusetts resident can own … 0

Fran Taylor: Obama must bring Marine home from Mexico

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To the editor: On this past Independence Day, I was watching a story about a U.S. Marine held in Mexico and physically abused by Mexican prison guards. He made a wrong turn and ended up in Mexico by accident, carrying his legally owned guns in his car. It … 0