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Cynthia Clayton Parent: End-of-life decisions must not be compromised

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: I write in response to your recent headline: “On her terms: Lee Hawkins dies peacefully — as planned — in Northampton home at 90.” Many people will agree that the “as planned” is a great step forward in exercising our individual rights as Americans. However, death by starvation and the lack of water is not the happy and “peaceful” end we seek even if we thought we …

Arielle Ortiz: CASA volunteers make a difference in children’s lives

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To the editor: Pick any number between one and 10 and you may land on the number of placements that a child involved in foster care has experienced in a short life. These moves can mean changing schools and leaving a town that feels familiar and the only family you know. It means being shuffled around an overburdened child welfare system with little …

Ira S. Addes: Better luck next time on Cowls land use issues

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

To the editor: The Retreat project in North Amherst was defeated because it was not legally zoned, it would not qualify as a cluster development, it was not in line with the master plan and it was a very bad idea submitted in a cookie-cutter, sloppy way by Landmark Properties. Not one individual from the town testified at public hearings in its support. …

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

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

Robert M Abrams: State should mandate a later school start time

Thursday, September 4, 2014

To the editor: The recent American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement about the mental and physical imperatives of school children to delay start time so that school children especially adolescents receive the required amount of sleep time has made national headlines and positive editorials. Dr. Judith Owens, the … 1

Steve Abdow: Supports Healey in primary race for attorney general

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor, I encourage my fellow citizens to vote in the Democratic primary for Maura Healey in the attorney general race. Maura impresses me as a courageous, clear thinking and uncompromising leader. She is a fresh, welcome face in the Massachusetts political scene. Her experience as assistant …

Rita Campbell: Vote for Berwick for governor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: With a 6 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts has to do better for the sake of our economy and our future. Young people need meaningful employment, those displaced by the Wall Street meltdown need jobs with the same or better rates of pay and any Massachusetts …

Robert N. Brooks: Support for UMass football raises several questions

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Concerning University of Massachusetts football, a supporter has been quoted as saying that supporting the team “offers opportunity for community bonding” and cites the usual shibboleth that there is a correlation between the academic (or other) quality of a school and the performance of its … 2