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Natalia Muñoz: Community caring physicians shrinks with practice’s closing

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: Due to burdens imposed by the health insurance companies, solo practitioners like Dr. Shelley Berkowitz find themselves with impossible cost increases. It is a loss for our community when someone of her caliber, closes the practice. She is an extraordinary physician who listens and asks all sorts of questions, knowing that a health issue isn’t just the thing itself, but something happening in the context of someone’s …

Stuart Krantz: One person, one vote must remain American way

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: The amount of money a person owns must not dictate how much speech a person can have. In the United States of America, each person must have one vote and not use their corporate money as a way to have more speech We must amend the Constitution to reverse the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citzens United ruling. Stuart Krantz …

Andrew Morehouse: Join to take action against hunger in WMass

Monday, September 15, 2014

To the editor: In western Massachusetts, there are more than 200,000 people annually struggling with hunger or food insecurity — not knowing where and when their next meal will come from. This number has doubled in the past five years. For this reason, our region’s emergency food network exists. It is composed of the Food Bank and approximately 250 local feeding programs — …

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!

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

Ben Hellerstein: Three towns deserve a lot of solar credit

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: Chesterfield, Williamsburg and Whately deserve a lot of credit for their successful participation in the Solarize Massachusetts program (“Hilltown Voices: Solar signups deemed success,” Aug. 23). These communities are helping to lead the way towards a clean energy future in Massachusetts. Since 2008, Massachusetts’ solar …

Ryan O’Donnell: Northampton councilor urges citizen input on zoning issue

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To the editor: I hope Northampton residents will attend the zoning forum on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently, the City Council voted to extend a moratorium on building projects of seven or more units until the end of the year. I believe this was the …

Patty Kimura: Disagrees with columnist on Gov. Perry case

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To the editor: I must respond to the guest column by Jay Ambrose (Gazette, Aug. 22), who suggests there is something noble and worthy in the defense of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is charged with two felonies by a Texas grand jury. I found his claim stunning. …