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Karl W. Ryavec: ISIS problem just part of larger crisis in Mideast

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: The decision to attack ISIS was made under the pressure of a mass feeling that ISIS must be punished for its execution of two Americans. If the attacks continue for a prolonged period several problems arise: constitutionality of the action; the attacks helping enemies of the U.S., particularly the dictator Assad and the fanatical Iranian leaders; and the fact that they do not eliminate the underlying sources …

Mitchell Sieser: Setting the Obama record straight on ISIS

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: An Associated Press writer’s depiction of Obama’s Middle East policies, (“Obama orders bombing in Syria,” Sept. 11) bares no resemblance to historical reality: “While in office, he has steadfastly sought to wind down American military campaigns in the Middle East and avoid new wars — particularly in Syria, a country where the chaos of an intractable civil war has given …

Bernie Bachand: What’s wrong with bad-mannered bicyclists?

Friday, September 19, 2014

To the editor: I fully agree with recent letter-writers about bicyclists and their road habits. At times I have encountered as many as three and four abreast in the road, and they don’t even move for my pick-up. I think they are supposed to ride in file on the highway, but they think they own the road. Someday there is going to be …

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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

Linda Rowley: Bicyclists do not belong in roundabout’s crosswalk

Thursday, September 11, 2014

To the editor: I have a message for the woman who almost ran into my car last week while riding a bicycle in the pedestrian crosswalk at the roundabout in front of Look Park. I strongly recommend you …

Alan Lipp: Thoughts for when the world seems insane

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: The world is too much with me, Wordsworth’s words echo in me, now laden with new weight. Another man is beheaded; an unarmed boy is shot by the police, his body left for six hours …

Jacqueline Bearce: Amherst superintendent is right to bar dogs from schools

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: A front page article in the Sept. 3 Gazette states that two children at Amherst’s Crocker Farm School were bitten by an unleashed dog. The article further states that a man came to the school yard and removed the dog. Unfortunately, the man did not …

Claire Frierson: Of soccer, team spirit and feminism today

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To the editor: In her warm letter this week in support of Northampton High School soccer, a Northampton resident writes, “NHS has three teams — two junior varsity and one varsity.” This was surprising and puzzling to me. Both of my children grew up playing youth soccer in …

Adam Cohen: Northampton has its own models on smart development

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

To the editor: I would like to thank Northampton City Councilors Ryan O’Donnell and Gina-Louise Sciarra for their recent discussion on zoning for larger infill projects. Like many at the forum, I walked away concerned that we are moving forward with too little regulation, with only vague language …

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 …