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Jessica Mix Barrington: The one-way solution for North Amherst road travel

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: As mentioned in a July 17 article, Amherst town planners are consulting with residents to create a plan to solve the problems for cars traveling south on Montague Road at the Sunderland Road/Montague Road intersection at the library in North Amherst. Several years ago, a consulting firm met with residents and came up with four plans which call for buying property and creating new road patterns and …

Anne Vaillant: Birth control, pregnancy risks more complicated than letter-writer suggests

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: I am writing in response to a July 27 letter (“Death highlights risk of birth control side effects”) that includes this: “Getting pregnant isn’t the worst thing that could happen to a young woman or teen. Dying from trying to prevent pregnancy is.” In fact, a worse (and significantly more likely) outcome would be bypassing the birth control, getting pregnant …

Hill Boss: ‘Delightful’ students outnumber those who are bigoted

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

To the editor: The Carolyn Gardner story has gone far enough. The outrageous $180,000 settlement that Gardner will receive from the taxpayers of the Amherst-Pelham school district should have put the issue to bed, but it didn’t. Now the self-appointed and self-serving “Justice for Carolyn” committee continues to fan the flames by protesting that the terms of the settlement should have been kept …

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Christine Jutres: Gazette gave too much play to those who fly Confederate flag in Williamsburg

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: As I read responses to the editor regarding the Confederate flag, “On that rebel flag in Williamsburg, July 15” ( by the way did we forget to mention the image of the gun that killed the children in Newtown?) I find myself trying to imagine …

Janet Shaw: Why we should celebrate Medicare’s 50th anniversary

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: I became a Medicare recipient just a few months ago. For the first time it’s a benchmark that I celebrated. I got my Medicare card and just about did a back flip. I couldn’t quite understand why I was so excited until it occurred to …

Timothy Sheehan: Health story did not provide full picture of Ulcerative Colitis

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the letter: I was shocked to read the article on the July 14 Health page, entitled “Food is Medicine.” While the article is an interesting account of a woman’s switch to a vegan-organic lifestyle, it is alarming …

Dan Daniels: What would Patriots’ owner think of Williamsburg firm’s display?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank the Gazette for publishing the article about CRD Metalworks and its display of the Confederate flag. Of course the flag represents racism, terror and treason and the self-acknowledged Williamsburg “rednecks” know that. With that in mind I sent a copy of …

Raymond Mahoney: Just a few things missing from Amherst’s Kendrick Park

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To the editor: Kendrick Park in Amherst. I drive by it almost every day on my journey to town and invariably it is deserted. At first I wonder why such a beautiful green space with shade trees galore is devoid of human beings. But then it is obvious. …

John Allen: Is Hadley administrator right person for job?

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The evaluation process for the town administrator in Hadley follows a format whereby each Select Board member assesses the performance of the administrator relative to their individual expectations. It is clear that the most important issue in the valuation may be the expectations of the …

Rev. Cynthia Stahler: Future of planet depends on us, right now

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I applaud the efforts of Attorney General Maura Healy and citizen groups to call for studies of the area’s need for natural gas and the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline through Franklin and Hampshire counties. Thorough studies will give us essential information about the …

Joe Jewett: Thoughts on a bicyclist’s place on our roads

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: I read with some dismay the recent letter that admonishes a cyclist for allegedly having the temerity to signal for and then make a left-hand turn. The writer does not indicate whether there was adequate room for the cyclist to do so. Rather she states …

Richard S. (Dick) Stein: The method in the Pope’s environmental message

Friday, July 17, 2015

To the editor: The pope’s comments about the environment have enlivened discussion of the issue of whether religion should be concerned with political matters. There are those who believe politics should be concerned with matters that govern our everyday lives such as business and personal agreements, government services …

Jeff Caplan and Eileen Sugrue-McElearney: Cooley Dickinson has special council to gather feedback

Friday, July 17, 2015

Cooley Dickinson Health Care is committed to patient-centered care — including encouraging partnerships and communication among patients, families and healthcare providers. We recognize the importance of including patients and loved ones in the delivery of care and the design of that care. A recent letter to the Gazette …