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Ava Gip: Where is Sen. Warren on fracked gas pipeline issue for WMass?

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: I am so disillusioned. Where is Sen. Elizabeth Warren? She has been missing in action on the North East Direct pipeline issue for a whole year. I believe the last time she made a public statement against the pipeline was exactly a year ago. I have called and written her offices repeatedly for the last month. Her aides have said that she is still studying the “new” …

James Borghesani: Teen use of marijuana not rising in Colorado

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: An Aug. 19 letter in the Gazette regarding a possible 2016 marijuana-related Massachusetts ballot initiative contained factual errors. In Colorado, which ended marijuana prohibition in 2012, teen use has not increased. In fact, data from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (a bi-annual study by the University of Colorado and the state departments of Public Health and Environment, Human Services and …

Dick Bentley: Amherst parking study has merit, even if judge doesn’t think so

Monday, August 31, 2015

To the editor: Judge Richard Carey, handling a recent lawsuit, threw out of his courtroom a traffic study done by Rolf Karlstrom in a “friend of the court” brief. The judge’s stated reason for ignoring the study was that Karlstrom is a biology professor who “does not possess the knowledge necessary to evaluate city parking.” Did the judge look at the traffic study? …

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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 …

Bernice Andrus: Northampton Housing Authority firings are unconscionable

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To the editor: Having read the article referring to the firing of Northampton Housing Authority employees, I looked on with disgust and dismay! To treat loyal, good and long-time employees in such a brutal fashion was unconscionable. There were many other alternatives and options that leaders of the …

Jeff Krauth: Let your highest ideals lead you to Sanders campaign

Thursday, August 20, 2015

To The editor: I have voted in 11 presidential campaigns, but never in my years of voting have I been as aligned with a candidate’s position as directly as I am with those of Sen. Bernie Sanders. He represents the best and highest aspirations and values that our …