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Gene DeFilippo: Say ‘bye-bye’ to democracy as we’ve known it

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: What used to be America’s shining beacon of freedom, hope and opportunity has unfortunately evolved into a “corporatocracy or oligarchy.” Corporate and financial America have corrupted our political process with unlimited campaign funding. Many of our politicians, lacking statesmanship, are so indebted to corporate America that their only concern is winning the next election rather than the national interests of our beloved country. Adding misery to the …

Gordon F. Beebe: New director of Northampton Housing Authority should be let go

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: The Northampton Housing Authority director is Mitt Romney-like. I want to see a petition circulated and demand Cara Clifford’s resignation. Private sector corporatist Clifford’s transition to local and state government is like mixing oil and water. Consider her egregious act of revealing tenants’ financial information, firing people and Open Meeting Law violations. There is no excuse! Cara Clifford needs to …

Ellenor Rennell: End of Forbes Library’s outreach program a loss to home-bound elders

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To the editor: What a shock I had when the “Book Man,” Frank Heston, told me the very sad news that the Forbes Library outreach book program would end this September. What are those of us who depend on the Book Man to do? He has been bringing me books for nine years, perhaps longer for others. It will be a loss to …

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Barbara Sharp: Mayor made wrong call allowing cars to park in bike lane

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: The Lathrop Home on South Street in Northampton held its annual picnic lunch Aug. 12. As in years past, at least two dozen cars were parked in the bicycle lanes on both sides of South Street near the home. This constituted a danger to cyclists, …

Peter J. and Michele M. Marcoux: Cummington Fair ‘dictatorship’ owes CRD Metalworks an apology

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: We usually don’t take a stand regarding issues that don’t involve us. However, our hearts say that we need to take a stand regarding this issue. We cannot believe that the Hillside Agricultural Society has asked CRD Metalworks not to participate in the Cummington Fair …

Sidney B. Simon: Of wars, equality and the focus on grades

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: I congratulate you for printing that excellent piece by Steve Pfarrer on the books of Professor Christian C. Appy that focus on the Vietnam War. We must not forget that war. Appy’s quote from Henry Steele Commager needs to be read widely. “... though we …

George Levinger: Deal on Iranian nuclear issue worthy of support

Monday, August 24, 2015

To the editor: Do we want another war in the Mideast, specifically against Iran? If the detractors of our president are to be supported, that’s what we’re likely to get. Should we listen to the Republican politicians, whose aim is to vilify Obama on his every policy, whether …

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 …