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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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David Katz: Disheartening to watch Obama as president

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: The Democratic Party suffered a significant electoral defeat in the 2014 elections, on both the federal and state levels. Democratic losses spanned the country, occurring in both moderate and heavily blue states. The causes of this are many: effective Republican candidates, weak Democratic ones (e.g. …

Julius Lester: Wishes letter writer had extended more respect to Love

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To the editor: In her letter (Daily Hampshire Gazette, Nov. 4), a writer criticizes Professor Emerita Barbara Love for some of her views on racism. “Could the shopping incident example that Love offered her audience have something to do with a misunderstanding or a hearing disability on the …

Rob Rechtschaffen: Doctor takes issue with Fleitman’s Ebola column

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: As a physician, I was angered by Dr. Jay Fleitman’s Nov. 4 column on Ebola. Taking a political rather than reasoned approach, he blamed government and healthcare workers while fueling doubt and fear. I know something I tell patients today may change with new science …

John Wroblewski: Whately voters have an option

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: The issue of consolidating town offices has been debated for long enough. The best solution available now is for the town of Whately to purchase the regional library building in our industrial park. Using the asking price and adding funds for interior renovations would cost …

Maxine J. Stein: Make sure you thank a veteran today and every day

Monday, November 10, 2014

To the editor: Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day, today, Nov. 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks …

Natalia Muñoz: Northampton tax program is plain wrong

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: Asking seniors and veterans to work — and for a measly $10 an hour — as “volunteers” so that the city reduce their property taxes by up to $1,000 may be a great option for some people, but not most. This program penalizes the grandmother …

Vanessa Adel: Children should not be trained in “lockdowns”

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: During dinner recently, my 6-year-old asked: “What’s a lockdown?” Her 9-year-old sister replied: “It’s when you practice if someone bad comes to the school. Like if someone wanted to kill everybody with a gun. They lock the doors and you sit together and you have …

Bill Diamond: Time is now to voice your concern on pipeline

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I, like many others, am concerned about the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline across Massachusetts. This is gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing. Most of the gas will be transported all the way across the state and some of it will be exported to other countries. The …

Raymond T. DeMeo: Does not understand arguments against BID

Friday, November 7, 2014

To the editor: I don’t understand the motivations, political, legal and personal, that underlie the fight against the Business Improvement District. I haven’t read the legal briefs. My knowledge is based on articles in the Gazette, anecdotes and what I see downtown. What I see is a downtown …

Charles Schmid: Older workers face awful uncertainty

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To the editor: Stores, grocery warehouses, factories and other businesses now “outsource” for labor. People who work a long time for a place can suddenly be booted. Take the man who has worked in Hatfield at a grocery warehouse in security for over 10 years. Then all of …