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Meigs Middle School eighth graders Andrew Steele, left, and Christian McIntosh hold an American flag on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in Shalimar, Fla. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek)

Priscilla Deane & James G. Deane: Our flag is meant for flying, not trampling in a crosswalk

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: One does not have to be a veteran (although one of us is) to be negative about a proposal to “honor” veterans by painting a downtown crosswalk red, white and blue (Gazette, Aug. 13/14). We did most of our growing up in our nation’s capital after our family moved to Washington, D.C., during the Great Depression. On … 0

Jan Norris: On topic of immigration, liberals live in ‘little utopia’

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: I find it interesting that almost every letter written to the editor regarding the mass influx on the southern border of the United States seems to conveniently leave out the word “illegal.” Are the liberals who write most of these letters aware that we, as a country, have laws, rules and regulations for a reason? We have them like every … 0

Richard Fein: Let’s limit US immigration, but allow asylum-seekers in as well

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To the editor: Many writers to the Gazette have cited America’s traditional compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty in other countries. The plight of the children coming from Central America is the most recent case that disturbs any American with a heart. Yet that cannot be the only aspect of the immigration … 0

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Claudia Lefko: AP story on Gaza did not deserve to be on Gazette’s front page

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: A front-page article (“Israel searches for soldier,” Aug. 2) about an Israeli soldier feared captured? One soldier, when more than a thousand Palestinians, including hundreds of children, caught desperately in the assault on Gaza have … 2

Dorothy Cresswell: Horrified by the carnage in Gaza

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: Early this month, I had the amazing experience of standing in solidarity with the members of the local Springfield mosque in the protest that they organized to cry out for the people of Gaza. Long before this massive attack on Gaza in plain sight of … 0

Michael Engel: Where is Westfield State faculty outrage over Evan Dobelle’s excesses?

Monday, August 11, 2014

To the editor: In 1986, Westfield State President Francis J. Pilecki tried to cover up his misdeeds — sexual assaults on male students — with a crafty administrative maneuver that ended up placing the blame on faculty incompetence. At the time, I was president of the faculty union. … 0

Lois Ahrens: How many probation people were hired through patronage?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: There has been a lot of ink and a lot angst over the convictions of John O’Brien and Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke. As quoted in the Gazette, “Former judge and district attorney W. Michael … 1

Glenn Swanson: Some lessons and questions about presidential legacy

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: In response to Jay Fleitman’s column about Obama’s shortcomings in comparison to President Harry Truman’s, I would offer a couple of observations. My recollection is that 60 years ago, shortly after Truman had left the Oval Office, his stature as a president was pretty low; … 0

Michael Aronson: Common sense is common courtesy on Norwottuck Rail Trail

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: Those of us fortunate enough to experience the blessings of the Norwottuck Rail Trail need to exercise common sense in its use. The trail is inherently multi-use, frequented by individuals and groups, of commuters on bikes, dog walkers, bird watchers and runners. To ensure a … 3

Diana Riddle: ‘Peace for Gaza’ rallies point out U.S. stance

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To the editor: The horror of Gaza is not very far away. It is disingenuous to stand back and shake our heads about what “they are doing over there.” We cannot choose whose actions to support. The U.S. government, whom we fund with our taxes, has made our … 0

Barbara Kelly: Imagine the U.S., Israel on trial in the Hague

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: Imagine the grandmother in Afghanistan who was picking onions before the drone’s missile struck. Imagine the children in a school in Gaza before a targeted missile took out their classroom. Imagine that grandmother’s sister and those children’s parents sitting in judgment in the Hague as … 1

Cyndy Chamberland: Social Security system does need more accountability

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: The Gazette recently published a full page advertisement written by a retiring Holyoke gentleman proclaiming his apparent surprise, anger and dismay in the Social Security system. Essentially when he went to the Social Security office to initiate his retirement claim, he was stunned to find … 1

John Fox: Please support Berwick for governor

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the editor: I am writing to encourage you to vote for Don Berwick for governor, to contribute to his campaign and to invite your friends to do so as well. He’s truly outstanding — the real deal. And, best of all, he’s rapidly gaining momentum across the … 1