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Mary Russo: It’s a question of social justice

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: Given the negative emotions associated with abortion in the media (guilt, anger, shame, fear, etc.) it was heartening to read Emma Ayres’ clear and brave account of her own experience in guest column in the Gazette Nov. 15. It meant that she was free to make her own decision, but not in isolation or poverty. As a volunteer for the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts, I …

Richard Suchocki: Praises Cinemark, Applebees for honoring veterans

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: I would like to give kudos to Cinemark at Hampshire Mall and Applebees for the way they honored veterans on Veterans Day. Veterans were able to see the movie “Fury” with Brad Pitt for free and Applebees, decorated with red, white and blue balloons and thank-you notes obviously drawn by young children, were on the tables addressed to the veteran. …

Rich Feldman: Challenges ahead for those on BOTH sides of BID

Friday, November 21, 2014

To the editor: As those of us who endorsed the BID recover from the horrible shocks of the past few weeks, and those who brought it to an end contemplate next moves, I pose these challenges to all: ■ Care about and work for something larger than yourself, that has broad public benefit even if it required delayed individual gain. ■ Do something …

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Chris and DeAnne Riddle: Says investing in solar for house was worth it

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: Following up on a recent letter to the editor concerning solar power, I’ll pass on our experience with solar hot water and electricity. First, we got rid of our oil-fired furnace, and replaced it with a Daikin air-source heat pump, an efficient electrical unit that …

J.M. Sorrell: BID was not needed in the first place

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: With great interest, I have followed the development of the BID, the court case and the opinions pro and con. I was a condo owner in the BID district when it was formed. At a public hearing, I spoke clearly about my opposition to the …

Leonard A. Cohen: Lenient sentence in probation case suggests system is rigged

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

To the editor: Regarding an article in the Nov. 14 Gazette, “Hatfield man gets probation in rigged hiring case,” how is it that William Burke gets a slap on the wrist for his involvement in a decade of illegal hiring practices at the state Probation Department instead a …

Michael Burkart: A sad history of institutional racism

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: In a letter published Nov. 4. about racism the author claimed that “racists exist in minority cultures as well.” I agree that prejudice exists across all groups, and any individual is able to exercise it. However, a key factor in the exercise of prejudice is …

Dave King: Here’s some good reasons to install solar

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: We have been getting a lot of inquiries about our solar energy installations from neighbors who are either sick of supporting corrupt, polluting industries, of sending money to foreign governments that hate us, or just want to save on their energy bills. So in the …

Casey Pease: Why did so many voters not bother to turn out?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

To the editor: The 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout in 72 years. Only 36.4 percent of eligible voters voted, down 4.5 percent points from 2010. This was the lowest turnout since 1942, which makes sense because we were in the middle of World War II …

Kate Collins: We have leash laws for a reason

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: My dog, Annie, is a timid little rescue dog. For six weeks, I’ve been helping her develop confidence in herself around other dogs and trust in me to keep her safe. On Nov. 4 at 4 p.m., Annie was attacked by a dog who was …

Ed Shaughnessy: Proud of sports effort by students at Smith Vocational

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: My wife and I went to North Adams to watch Smith Vocational’s girls’ soccer team play in the first round of the Western Mass. Soccer Tournament. The game was noteworthy because it is the first year that the program has been in place and the …

Rob Zucker: A dream, perchance to be confused

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: I drifted off to sleep last night after reading Bruce Watson’s Slice of Life piece in Hampshire Life, called “To Sleep, Perchance to dream on …” and wouldn’t you know it, I, too, had the strangest dream. I was at the Kentucky Derby attending the …

Suzy Shure: Two questions unanswered in pipeline debate

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette published a letter to the editor Nov. 7 written by an executive with the New England States Committee on Electricity. It was a very long letter, but it still doesn’t answer the two questions I would like to have answered about the proposed …