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Thomas Weiner: Defend Planned Parenthood from baseless accusations

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: It is essential that women have access to the services of Planned Parenthood. Trying to dismantle this organization is a way to deny women basic rights. It must not be allowed to happen through trickery and deceit. Thomas Weiner Northampton …

Debra Orgera: It took many voices to end ill-advised Olympic bid

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: The Boston 2024 Olympic bid is dead. At this time there are many people across the state to thank for protecting our taxpayers’ dollars. Northampton’s own Andrew Zimbalist and No Boston Olympics led the charge for no Olympics. The statewide nonpartisan Citizens for a Say Committee was working to make sure that all Massachusetts residents were going to get the …

Jane Noelle Aulisio: Let’s have more respect about differing views on flags

Thursday, July 30, 2015

To the editor: In a recent letter, a Westfield resident tells a woman from Easthampton that she should have no say in where and when Easthampton displays American flags — and that her having a say is disrespectful. But he evidently thinks he should have a say. Why is that? Because he’s a man? Because he’s a veteran? He doesn’t even live here. …

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Pete and Lene Mc Lean: Worthington bridge problem must be addressed now

Friday, July 24, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The closure of the bridge on Sam Hill Road here in the town of Worthington must be addressed. This past winter, and the mud season that followed, were among the worst that many residents of this community have ever experienced, mainly due to the closing of …

Norman Spencer: Many layers to issue of driver-bicyclist courtesy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

To the editor: I offer an alternative perspective to the inherent conclusions in a reader’s July 17 letter about the bicyclist whose request for room for a lane change was ignored by a driver. I have been bicycling and have been a driver on this area’s streets for …

Lorna Ritz: Why has Amherst let Mt. Pollux go to seed?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

AMHERST — Neighbors, students, community members and tourists regularly used to visit Mt. Pollux Conservation Area in South Amherst more often than not for its beauty and solitude, but now have remorse for what once had been the “jewel of the town.” Mt. Pollux has steadily gone wild; …

Kerry-Beth Garvey: US flag should not fly from ‘makeshift clothesline’

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: Yes, the U.S. flag should be removed from Nashawannuck Pond. Yes. It absolutely does disrupt the beauty of the natural landscape and ecosystem. Personally, I find it distracting and out of place. But none of that matters. The U.S. flag should be flown on an …

Joanne Lastowski: Agrees with writer that bicyclists need to share the road

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: I have to agree with the letter from a reader about bicycle safety. I ride a bicycle myself and enjoy the user friendliness of our town. However, I have observed many cyclists riding two and even four abreast with traffic coming from behind. Maybe I’m …

James L. Fisher: Robert Caret did nothing wrong by profiting from condo sale

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

To the editor: As a former university president and as someone who has traversed this landscape, I was taken aback by the Gazette’s editorial calling the sale of former UMass President Robert Caret’s condominium a violation of the “spirit of a housing allowance.” Caret had been granted a …

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 …