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Bradley LeVay: Thanks to all who make Armed Forces Appreciation Day a success

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: The Veterans Council of Northampton and I as its president would like to thank all of the workers and donors for the help and effort they gave to make the “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” at Look Park such a big success May 23. A good time was had by all. Bradley LeVay Leeds …

Donna Peloquin: US flag must remain at Easthampton pond

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: I write in response to two letters about moving the U.S. flag from the Nashawannuck Pond in Easthampton. The authors may not know why that flag was put there. It was placed after 9/11 to honor brave men and women and to celebrate our freedom. No one complained before. So why now? I think what is being said is hogwash. …

Ginny Curtis: Seeds of intolerance sewn right into Confederate flag

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To the editor: Our nation remains choked by racism, with blatant acts of violence and degrees of brutal subtleties. Will the people of South Carolina now support removing a Confederate flag from their government buildings, the banner linked to the senseless hate-filled murders of nine black Americans? From 1861 to 1865 there were three designs used as the national flags of the Confederacy. …

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Dorothy Hurley: Many thanks to DPW staff at city recycling center

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To the editor: I just want to say thank you to the good people that work at the Locust Street recycling center in Northampton. I could stay home and let my family, of which I have many, take care of my recycling for me, but I want to …

Paul M. Craig: As July 4 approaches, let’s remember what country built on

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To the editor: We can discuss causes of the American Revolutionary War and argue when the Revolutionary era began and ended. But from about 1765 to 1800 people in America and Europe increasingly understood that something special was in the air of the 13 British North American colonies …

Sandy Mandel: Old tent provides reminder about importance of shopping local

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To the editor: I had been planning on taking my little trailer to upstate New York to stay in while working at the Old Songs Music Festival this weekend. Those plans changed and I went in search of the dome tent that had been unused and stored in …

Silas Kopf: Longtime WMUA listener questions Siegel’s dismissal

Thursday, June 25, 2015

To the editor: I have a work environment that allows music to be played. My “go to” source for decades has been WMUA, the University of Massachusetts student-run radio station. Over the last 30 years I have logged thousands of hours listening and appreciate the variety of styles …

Betty Kotch: Classy move by Hopkins to wish Smith Academy luck with ad

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: On June 9, the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks baseball team posted an ad in the Gazette to express good luck to the Smith Academy Falcons. That is a prime example of good sportsmanship. Hopkins, you are a classy team. Betty Kotch Hatfield …

John Coull: A call to do more to make Amherst bicyclists safe

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: I too bemoan the lack and condition of Amherst’s bike lanes. This, in a town that speaks of “complete streets” and values pollution reduction through decreased automobile use, is really a contradiction. It is remarkable that there are not more auto-bike encounter disasters. Much credit …

Randee Laikind: Funeral alliance can help consumers make tough choices

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: Thank you for the informative articles in the Gazette Saturday and Monday about our funeral home industry in Massachusetts. At a time of extreme emotion people have come to rely on the services of their funeral home staff to guide them in making some of …

Christine Mulcahy: Children’s book a good example of why testing doesn’t work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

To the editor: There is a wonderful children’s book by Heinz Janisch titled “I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear.” Throughout the story, this bear meets several different people, all of whom sense that the bear is worried, all of whom profess to have something to solve …

Lee Tonet: Proud of Hampshire Regional softball for its state title win

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: Wow, reading the account in Monday’s Gazette about the Hampshire Regional softball team winning the Division 2 state final last Saturday gave me a great deal of pride and happiness for them. Sunday morning I chanced upon a video “somewhere” on my iPhone of the …

David Keir: Smith Academy thanks Hopkins for well wishes in state finals

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To the editor: I opened my Gazette sports section last Friday to continue reading about the U.S Open, only to find a beautiful color advertisement wishing the Smith Academy Falcons baseball team good luck in the state finals on Saturday from the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. I cannot …