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Marlene Marrocco: Why can’t we find more non-politicians to serve in office?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: It would be nice to have a non-politician in office for a change. A business person, someone who sees beyond the “game” and might be able to get things done for Massachusetts and the country. A fresh voice, a fresh perspective and a clean slate. But then, I think of the reality of the situation. Can someone with no political clout really have a voice in Boston? …

Sherry Wilson: Public needs help in halting harassing phone calls

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: What ever happened to “Do Not Call” registries? For years I have been on the federal and state registries to prevent commercial enterprises from trying to sell their unwanted wares to me on the telephone. Charities, political parties and businesses such as your own bank can still legitimately call you. However, I have been plagued with calls from someone named …

Becky Reid: Goodell fails to uphold right standards for NFL

Thursday, September 18, 2014

To the editor: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s aloofness and inability or refusal to follow up on a grave situation involving off-field violence by players reeks of Joe Paterno. The old saying of “knew or should have known” applies of course, but what makes Goodell look like a complete fool is the fact that he was not pursuing, seemingly at all, the total package …

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Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Brian Isaac: Light a candle Friday in memory of Sandy Hook victim Benjamin Wheeler

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: On Friday, Sept. 12, Benjamin Wheeler, one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, would of been 8 years old. That day, an event called “Light A Candle On Ben Wheeler’s Birthday” is …

Jacqueline A. Faison: Amherst must hire more police officers

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: As I was watching one of Amherst’s town meetings, I was shocked at an issue on the agenda. I could not believe that Police Chief Scott Livingstone had to ask several times for more police officers. The police department needs 18 more officers. This should …

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to encourage our community — young, old and everyone in-between — to make some time this fall to come and cheer on our Northampton High School soccer teams. This year we have … 2

Michael Mongeau: Earned sick time referendum worthy of support

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Massachusetts voters have an important ballot initiative to address in November. Question 4, the earned sick time initiative, will give all workers in our Commonwealth the right to earn sick time. Nearly one-third of the state’s workers cannot take a single day off without losing …

Jim Cahillane: A hearty second to idea of honoring professional baseball player Stu Miller

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: Richard Szlosek and I must be of a certain age because his memories so often align with my own (column, “The ballplayer who went far,” Sept. 5). Not forgetting the fact that his family bakery supplied our wedding cake in 1955, we’ve never met except …

Thomas Trenchard: Carol Ross deserves public support in her work to ease racial tension in Amherst

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I was disappointed upon reading the Gazette’s Aug. 28 editorial, “Amherst Together stance creates a town divided” and quite puzzled by the defensive reaction. You seem to do in your editorial exactly what you are accusing Carol Ross of: dividing the community. Carol Ross was …

Maria MacDonald: Upset to see driver’s alleged drug involvement in fatal crash

Friday, September 5, 2014

To the editor: I am saddened by the tragic and fatal accident on Route 5 in Easthampton on Aug. 28 and my thoughts go out to the family. But what upsets me even more is the way in which the system is involved in the lives of the …

McGrath family, friends issue statements about fatal Easthampton crash Aug. 28

Friday, September 5, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following messages come from family members and loved ones of Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and Brittany Danielle McGrath, the father and daughter who were killed Aug. 28 when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by an SUV. The first message is from Iris McGrath, …

Paul M. Craig: Inequality of wealth corrupts our society

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: The essential core of a free society, within a capitalist economic system, is the presence of labor unions. Labor unions, pursuing collective bargaining, enable workers to balance the preponderant power of management and the executive …

A. E. Harazin: Doesn’t believe there should even be a vote on casinos

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: I hold no strong view regarding the creation of casino gambling enterprises in this state. I do resent, however, the November referendum as a frontal attack on American representative democracy. We elect legislators to weigh controversial issues and use their best judgment; if voters don’t … 1